ELIZABETH, NJ – The New Providence Public Library has received $7,499.42 from the 2017 Union County Library Grant program, according to a press release from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The grant is intended to improve children’s programming in public libraries. Methods to do so include upgrading facilities, programming, materials and equipment that directly benefit children’s learning, according to the press release.

“Our local public libraries enable every child to access many different pathways to knowledge,” Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen said in the press release. “In particular, keeping up with today’s digital resources can be a challenge for libraries given the cost of procuring up-to-date technology. County funding can help fill that gap and ensure every child has a chance to learn.”

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The grant program was launched in 2015 by Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski to improve local libraries that aren’t in schools.

“The grant program has been received with great enthusiasm since its inception,” Kowalski said in the press release. “Last year’s awardees used their funds for science programs, coding classes, robotics clubs, summer and after-school reading programs, technology upgrades and much more.  Our local libraries are helping to foster the next generation of lifelong learners, and their efforts help to strengthen the whole Union County community.”

According to the press release, 20 libraries throughout the county received the grant with a total of $146,968.48 awarded. The library grant program is administered through the Trust Fund and uses non-tax dollars from fees at the County’s two golf courses.

The full list can be read below:

Berkeley Heights       $4,500.00

Clark                            $7,500.00

Cranford                     $7,469.06

Elizabeth                    $7,500.00

Fanwood                    $7,500.00

Garwood                    $7,500.00

Hillside                      $7,500.00

Kenilworth                $7,500.00

Linden                       $7,500.00

Mountainside           $7,500.00

New Providence        $7,499.42

Plainfield                   $7,500.00

Rahway                      $7,500.00 

Roselle                       $7,500.00

Roselle Park             $7,500.00

Scotch Plains            $7,500.00

Springfield                $7,500.00

Summit                     $7,500.00

Union                        $7,500.00

Westfield                  $7,500.00