The Tennessee State Library and Archives is awarding more than $337,000 in library technology training grants to 45 public libraries across the state—including $6,609.60 to Friends of the Library of Perry County.

The grants will provide libraries in the Tennessee Regional Library System state funding for new laptops, software and technology training within their communities. Each grant is matched with at least 10-percent in local funds.

“Libraries aren’t just about books anymore. They are technology hubs, especially in underserved communities. We know providing updated laptops and training will ensure every Tennessean has the resources and skills they need to work on school projects, apply for jobs or conduct the same business many of us do online every day,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Access is something many of us take for granted.”

The grants, which are state funds distributed by the Secretary of State’s office, are intended to help residents improve their digital literacy. The grants have a similar mission as the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Haslam in April.

Here is a complete list of library technology training grant recipients:

The Library and Archives also awards library technology grants, archive development grants and library construction grants annually.


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