State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and Representative Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) announced Monday that the Benton Public Library will receive a $7,256 technology grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The lawmakers made the announcement after being notified of the award by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
The State Library and Archives is awarding more than $350,000 in technology grants across the state. These grants are available for public libraries to replace or purchase technology, including computers, software, networking hardware, or peripherals.
“I am very pleased to welcome these funds into Benton County and know that our library will make good use of it for technological improvements,” said Stevens. “This investment in our community will benefit many citizens who use the local library, especially those who access high-speed Internet for a wide variety of needs like school research, employment opportunities, and government services.”
“Congratulations to Benton County Public Library and our local leaders for securing this much-deserved funding grant,” said Griffey. “Now our library will able to update their facility and expand upon their technology opportunities, such as computers and access to high-speed Internet, for our citizens.”
“Access to technology is something many of us take for granted,” Secretary of State 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.”