Schenectady County

Schenectady County Public Library received $10K grant

The downtown Schenectady main library in October.

The downtown Schenectady main library in October.

The Schenectady County Public Library system has been awarded a $10,000 grant through the American Library Association that will be used to expand programming.

The SCPL was one of 200 libraries nationwide to be awarded the funds, which were administered through the Library Association’s American Rescue Plan Humanities Grants for Libraries program, which provides assistance to libraries impacted by the pandemic.

“This grant will allow our library to better serve our patrons and plan strong, enriching, humanities programming as we come out of the pandemic,” Karen Bradley, director of Schenectady County Public Library, said in a statement.

The library is planning to use the funds to invite guest speakers, purchase a limited number of museum passes and hire support staff for a number of programs, including book and film discussions.

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A total of 370 libraries across the country applied for the funding. Awards were handed out following an extensive review process that focused on benefiting communities that are historically underserved or in rural communities.

“Libraries have faced significant hardships throughout the pandemic — from budget cuts to staff furloughs to building closures — especially in our communities of the greatest need,” Patty Wong, president of the American Library Association, said in a statement. “This crucial support from NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) will enable our beloved institutions, and the dedicated people who run them, to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.”

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