Sen. Dawn White, Sen. Shane Reeves, Rep. Mike Sparks and Secretary of State Tre Hargett supported the La Vergne Public Library with a $15,174 Technology Grant to purchase new desktop computers and monitors.
"The La Vergne Public Library is important to the community," said Sen. White. "It brings citizens together and provides access to information through books and digital means. I am glad they are receiving this grant to help the library continue to be a useful resource to the community. Thank you to Secretary Hargett and his office for administering this grant."
"I am pleased this grant is being awarded to the La Vergne Public Library to provide up-to-date computer technology," said Sen. Reeves. "This technology will help citizens stay connected, complete school assignments, and more. Thank you to the Secretary of State's office for awarding this grant."
"These funds will go a long way to help put resources and technology into the hands of our library patrons," said Rep. Mike Sparks. "I greatly appreciate the efforts of the La Vergne Public Library staff who strive to better serve our residents by providing greater access for everyone."
Technology Grants are administered by the Tennessee State Library & Archives, a division of the Department of State. Tennessee libraries use Technology Grant funds to purchase or replace computers, software, networking hardware, technology training and other electronic equipment for library staff and patrons.
"Public libraries provide essential access to technology for many Tennesseans," said Secretary Hargett. "Many patrons rely on their local library to work on school projects, apply for jobs or conduct the same business many of us do online every day. Thank you to Sen. White, Sen. Reeves and Rep. Sparks for supporting funding that helps expand computer access."
This year, $320,000 in Technology Grant funding is being awarded to increase access to technology at 83 public libraries across Tennessee. Technology Grants are funded by Tennessee state government and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Each grant is matched with local funds.
In addition to the Technology Grants, the Library & Archives administers Technology Opportunities for the Public (TOP) Grants, Library Construction Grants and Archive Development Grants. To learn more about grants for public libraries administered by the Library & Archives, visit sos.tn.gov/tsla.