|Local libraries receive Recovery Act monies |
|Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:04 am |
Washington – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced investments in 30 states that will create jobs by building and enhancing libraries in 129 rural communities across the nation.
Weakley County is expected to receive $2,042 of those funds to distribute among the area’s libraries.
The projects are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).
“Libraries are the centerpiece of rural community life, but in many cases they need additional funding to provide rural residents with computer access, modern equipment and new training and educational opportunities,” Vilsack said.
“These Recovery Act investments in our nation’s libraries will serve rural America for generations to come.”
Today’s announcement includes funding for computer equipment to be installed in 70 rural Tennessee libraries, like the one serving the isolated Appalachian town of Sneedville.
As with more than 80 percent of rural public libraries in Tennessee, that small library provides the only free public access to the Internet for a community of 6,700 people.
These communities have some of the lowest rates of home Internet access and highest rates of unemployment in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Library Initiative is a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Office of the State Librarian and USDA Rural Development.
Together they are investing more than $1.2 million to increase the capacity of these small libraries to provide workforce training and increase educational opportunities for the communities they serve.
Altogether, 190 libraries across the country have benefited from Recovery Act funding.
The funding for projects in Tennessee will help rural communities provide computer access, education and job-skill training opportunities to residents across the state.