Twenty public, municipal libraries have received 2018 Union County Library Grant awards from the Union County Freeholders. The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming.

The 2018 Library Grants are funded by non-tax dollars through the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund.

“Hands-on learning through individual and group activities is the foundational experience that libraries provide, and they are an essential part of the recreational resources for children in Union County,” said Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic reservation Trust Fund. 

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Each of the 20 municipalities with a public library applied for a 2018 Library Grant and received an award of $3,750.00. Those are: Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union and Westfield.

This year’s awards will cover the cost of children’s programming including Mad Science and other STEM topics as well as arts enrichment, new books and computer equipment, games and activities, SAT prep and more.

The Library Grants Program supports the goals of Chairman Granados’s 2018 Moving Union County Forward “Plant a Seed” initiative to encourage lifelong learning, individual empowerment and giving back to the community.

For all Union County programs and services visit, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email or use the online Contact Form.