ELIZABETH, NJ – Clark Public Library Director Dawn Jenkin recently met with Union County Freeholders to accept a 2015 Union County Library Grant award.  Clark was one of 20 public libraries in the county to receive grant funds.

The library received $3,623, which will be used to purchase new materials for the children’s section of the library, Jenkin said.  The materials are:

  • an AWE Early Literacy Station – a self-contained, plug-and-play computer system that contains over 4,000 learning activities for children ages 2 through 8 
  • a one year subscription to Starwalk Kids Media – a curated e-book database with fiction and non-fiction titles for children in Pre-K through 8th grade

“As a youth my library card was as good as any driver’s license. It gave me access to the world and I enjoyed spending hours there reading. In today’s world, advancement in technology has changed the way young people learn and utilize the library,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh in a statement. “Through this grant program, the Freeholder Board hopes to support our public libraries in their efforts to offer programs and services that inspire learning in the ever-changing digital age.”

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Public libraries engage children in many different learning opportunities that are crucial to social and educational growth. Administered through a Trust Fund established with non-tax dollars, the grant opportunity made available over $73,000 to support 20 Union County public libraries.

Examples of projects eligible for funding through this grant opportunity include: technology upgrades; educational programming; purchase of books, videos, and audio tapes; creation or expansion of summer and fall programming; and planning documents.