At least four public libraries located in Arizona will be receiving grants for a variety of building improvement initiatives.
The funding is coming from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records department, and will include $39,000 for the renovation of a children’s book and study area in the Snowflake-Taylor Public Library in the central Arizona town of Snowflake.
The Cottonwood Public Library, also in central Arizona, is getting nearly $15,500 for a sidewalk improvement project; while the Parker Public Library, on the southeast side of the state, is hoping to build a new annex storage building, and is getting $7,500 in funding.
The Camp Verde Community Library, 90 miles to the northeast of Phoenix, is in line for $5,000 for restrooms upgrades and new lighting.
The funding is a result of the creation of a state grants-in-aid program established by the Arizona legislature and designed to provide funding for both cities and county library districts.
Such grants are often used to pay for just a portion of a project, with additional funding coming from other sources.
Last year more than $850,000 in grants were awarded for library facility projects ranging from the installation of xeriscape landscaping to creating Internet use areas, and building spaces for the visually impaired.
By Garry Boulard
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