Union County, NJ – The Union Public Library is among 20 libraries in the county slated to receive a 2019 Union County Library Grant award, designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming.  The Union Public Library will receive a $5,000 grant.

“We are grateful to the Freeholders for their continued support of libraries and the work we do for our communities,” said Union Library Director Karen O’Malley.  “With these generous funds, we are offering many wonderful programs that we would not normally be able to otherwise for the youth in Union at the Main and branch locations.”

The awards will help cover the cost of STEAM and STEM programs as well as arts enrichment, new books and computer equipment, SAT prep and more.

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“This grant program helps local libraries keep their programming up to date and relevant to the needs and aspirations of children in their communities,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski who originated the grant program in 2016. “The Freeholder Board is proud to support public libraries in their efforts to provide children with resources that cultivate creativity and critical thinking.”

The total Library Grant program amount this year totaled $99,937.80. The 2019 Library Grants are funded by the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund.