MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The borough is one of 20 Union County municipalities to be awarded a Union County Library Grant of $3,750. 

The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming. 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 2018 Library Grants are funded by non-tax dollars through the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund.

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Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic reservation Trust Fund, said, “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.”

Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who initiated the grant program in 2016, said, “The Library Grant program helps to ensure that public libraries in Union County have the resources to foster a contemporary learning environment for the next generation. Up-to-date programming and equipment is especially important in terms of helping children to prepare for careers in STEM and related fields.”

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

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.

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