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CT Congressional Delegation Announces Grant to Help Libraries Recover From the Pandemic

7 libraries across the state will receive funds to retain & rehire workers & support important educational programs

[HARTFORD, CT] – Today, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced that seven libraries across the state have been awarded federal funds to aid their economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant, funded by the American Rescue Plan and awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow libraries in rural and or historically underserved communities to retain and rehire workers, reopen sites and facilities, and expand educational programs.   

“This federal grant is an important boost for libraries across Connecticut,” said the Connecticut Congressional Delegation. “Serving as cornerstones of our communities, libraries are essential in providing internet connectivity and ensuring educational opportunities remain accessible to all. With these funds from the American Rescue Plan, these institutions and their hard-working staff will continue to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever, ready to offer far-reaching learning, research, and educational resources.”

Under the grant, E.C. Scranton Memorial Library in Madison, Griswold Middle School, Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Oxford Public Library, Southington Public Library, Waterford Public Library, and West Haven Public Library will each receive $10,000 in recovery funds.

In addition to these funds, the American Rescue Plan passed in March of 2021 also provided libraries across the country with $200 million in funding to safely open and provide communities with accessible Wi-Fi, educational resources, and workforce development opportunities.