Union County, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders have announced that the Scotch Plains and Fanwood libraries will each receive $7,500 in funding to improve children’s programming through the 2017 Union County Library Grant program.

“Our local public libraries enable every child to access many different pathways to knowledge,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “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.”

Libraries can use their Union County grant award to upgrade facilities, programming, materials and equipment that directly benefit children’s literature and activities. The annual grant initiative was launched in 2015 by Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski with the goal of helping local, non-school libraries strengthen their programming for children.

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“The grant program has been received with great enthusiasm since its inception. 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,” said Freeholder Kowalski.

The library grant program is administered through the Trust Fund and uses non-tax dollars from fees at the County’s two golf courses.

2017 Union County Library Grant Awardees:

  • Berkeley Heights: $4,500
  • Clark: $7,500
  • Cranford: $7,469.06
  • Elizabeth: $7,500
  • Fanwood: $7,500
  • Garwood$7,500
  • Hillside: $7,500
  • Kenilworth: $7,500
  • Linden: $7,500
  • Mountainside: $7,500
  • New Providence: $7,499.42
  • Plainfield: $7,500
  • Rahway: $7,500
  • Roselle: $7,500
  • Roselle Park: $7,500
  • Scotch Plains: $7,500
  • Springfield: $7,500
  • Summit: $7,500
  • Union: $7,500
  • Westfield: $7,500

Total: $146,968.48