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Sullivan County libraries receive technology grants

Submitted by Darlene Schlicher • Oct 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM

State Senator Jon Lundberg and Representative Timothy Hill, John Crawford, and Bud Hulsey announced in September that the Bristol, Sullivan County and Kingsport Public Libraries will receive technology grants from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The Sullivan County 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 $13,176 grant for the Bristol Public Library will go for laptops and children’s workstations. The Kingsport Public Library will receive $1,643 for laptops, tablets and a scanner. The Sullivan County Public Library in Blountville will receive $8,043 for desktops and laptops.

“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 help serve residents with access to reliable internet and up-to-date technology,” said Senator Lundberg. “It helps connect many of our residents with educational and career resources, public services or even information about their school districts. The grants are much needed for these efforts and I congratulate our local officials for successful applications.”

“Congratulations to Bristol, Sullivan County, and Kingsport Public Libraries for securing this important grant funding,” said Representatives Timothy Hill, John Crawford, and Bud Hulsey. “Local libraries provide many opportunities for our citizens to learn and connect with the world. This much-deserved funding will ensure our libraries are modernized and better prepared to serve our future generations.”

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

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