UNION COUNTY, NJ – Fanwood and Scotch Plains are among the 20 public libraries awarded funding by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Fanwood Library will receive $4,248, while the Scotch Plains will receive $3,915 for efforts to expand, create, and enhance programming offered to children by libraries.

“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. “Through this grant program, we hope to support our public libraries in their efforts to offer programs and services that inspire learning in the ever-changing digital age.”

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.