Library and Archives Awards Technology Training Grants

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Tennessee State Library and Archives Building

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is awarding more than $337,000 in library technology training grants to 45 public libraries across the state.

The grants will provide libraries in the Tennessee Regional Library System state funding for new laptops, software and technology training within their communities. Each grant is matched with at least 10 percent in local funds.

"Libraries aren't just about books anymore. They are technology hubs, especially in underserved communities. We know providing updated laptops and training will ensure every Tennessean has the resources and skills they need to work on school projects, apply for jobs or conduct the same business many of us do online every day," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. "Access is something many of us take for granted."

The grants, which are state funds distributed by the Secretary of State's office, are intended to help residents improve their digital literacy. The grants have a similar mission as the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Haslam in April.

Here is a complete list of library technology training grant recipients:

Library City  Grant Total 
Ardmore Public Library Ardmore $3,826.80
Audrey Pack Memorial Library Spring City $6,543.00
Blount County Friends of the Library Maryville $9,000.00
Bolivar - Hardeman County Library Bolivar $6,038.10
C. E. Weldon Public Library Martin $8,992.80
Charles Ralph Holland Memorial Library Gainesboro $8,885.70
Chester County Library Henderson $5,995.80
Cleveland Public Library Cleveland $9,418.50
Clinton Public Library Clinton $6,794.10
E. G. Fisher Public Library Athens $9,900.00
Elizabethton - Carter County Public Library Elizabethton $7,585.49
Elma Ross Public Library Brownsville $5,463.18
Etowah Carnegie Library Etowah $4,050.00
Fayetteville - Lincoln County Public Library Fayetteville $9,034.65
Giles County Public Library Pulaski $5,252.40
Grand Junction Library Grand Junction $6,320.88
Greeneville Greene County Public Library Greeneville $9,900.00
Hancock County Public Library Sneedville $9,706.50
Hardin County Public Library Savannah $5,788.80
Humboldt Public Library Humboldt $2,600.10
Jackson - Madison County Library Jackson $9,000.00
Johnson City Public Library Johnson City $9,291.12
Kingston Public Library Kingston $9,900.00
Lauderdale County Library Ripley $5,915.70
Lee Ola Roberts Library Whiteville $4,923.18
Lewis County Public Library Hohenwald $8,465.40
Macon County Public Library System Lafayette $6,660.00
Madisonville Public Library Madisonville $8,662.00
Marshall County Memorial Library Lewisburg $9,900.00
Middleton Community Library Middleton $8,865.00
Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library Milan $7,549.20
Obion County Public Library Union City $8,793.90
Parsons Public Library Parsons $8,469.96
Public Library at Tellico Village Loudon $9,616.50
Sevier County Public Library System Sevierville $8,391.60
Shelbyville - Bedford County Public Library Shelbyville $8,988.30
Smyrna Public Library Smyrna $8,826.30
Somerville - Fayette County Library Somerville $6,021.00
Spring Hill Public Library Spring Hill $9,786.60
Tellico Plains Public Library Tellico Plains $2,605.50
The Friends of the Library of Perry County Linden $6,609.60
Unicoi County Public Library Erwin $8,761.50
W. G. Rhea Public Library Paris $9,000.00
Washington County Jonesborough Library Jonesborough $3,240.00
White County Public Library Sparta $8,357.40
  Total: $337,696.56

The Library and Archives also awards library technology grants, archive development grants and library construction grants annually.