MRRL Wins A Grant

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced on June 14 that the Missouri River Regional Library received a Spotlight on Literacy grant totaling $4,810. 

The library and the Jefferson City School District libraries will partner to encourage all students in and out of school to become readers. The activities to promote reading will include various community-wide, read-aloud events and a shared Jefferson City Book Week. Staff from the public library will visit each school during the year, providing a program designed by MRRL and school library staff. The culmination of that visit will be a special night at MRRL for each school.

"Missourians are blessed to have a strong network of local public libraries throughout the state,” Carnahan said. “Strong local libraries provide citizens with access to vast new resources and information right in their own communities. I'm pleased that this federal grant funding will help support the Missouri River Regional Library and provide library patrons even better services and programs."

The secretary of state’s Spotlight on Literacy grants are funded by the Library Services & Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. 

In the 2012 Fiscal Year, the Missouri State Library has approved a total of 103 grant applications, distributing $897,042 in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.

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