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Technology grant for Knox County Public Library

NASHVILLE - Lt. Governor Randy McNally and State Senators Becky Massey and Richard Briggs announced that a $13,307 Technology Grant has been awarded to the Knox County Public Library from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The lawmakers made the announcement after being notified by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

Technology grants are available for public libraries to replace or purchase technology, including computers, software, networking hardware or peripherals. The Knox County Library will use the funds for desktops, software, microfilm readers and audio / visual equipment.

“Access to technology is something many of us take for granted,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Our public libraries across the state play a pivotal role in connecting Tennesseans. I’m proud of the role the Tennessee Library and Archives plays in increasing access to technology and education across the entire state.”

"These funds will allow our citizens to access a wealth of knowledge and services through our libraries. Keeping our libraries technologically up to state gives our citizens the ability to educate themselves and enrich their lives free of charge,” said Lt. Governor McNally. “This grant is greatly needed and much appreciated." “Our libraries are centers for exploration and innovation where people from all walks of life can unleash their potential,” said Senator Massey. “I am very pleased these funds are available and appreciate the work done by our local officials to submit a successful grant application. We were happy to support it.”

“Libraries are more than a place where people can check out books,” added Senator Briggs. “They are essential for people who want to search for jobs, apply for benefits or get online training and education to prepare them for careers and the workplace. These funds are important to keep technology up-to-date.”

The State Library and Archives is awarding more than $350,000 in technology grants across the state.

Published October 1, 2019

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