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Library gets $20,000 funding boost from state

The Jonesborough Public Library is the recipient of just under $20,000 in state funding, a healthy increase over the usual amount the library receives.
Chuck Sherrill, director of the Tennessee State Library and State Archives, was at the library, along with State Rep. Matthew Hill and State Sen. Rusty Crowe for the check presentation in the amount of $19,552, on Oct. 1.
Sherrill also announced the opening of the library’s public computer lab and classes set to start next week. The lab is outfitted with 12 laptops
“It will give people a chance to brush up on their computer skills,” said Sherrill, who touted the public library system and the importance of such facilities in their communities. “This is a great partnership of local, state and federal efforts that will help this library, the center of the community, the center of literacy and the center for technology.”
Hill told the group he had contacted Secretary of State Tre Hargett and told him he wanted to do something for his library.
“Sen. Crowe and myself were able to find state funds available to libraries for books and audio-visual equipment,” Hill said. “This money is 50 percent more than normally received.”
Calling the library “a home away from home,” Crowe echoed Hill’s delight at being able to garner the funding.
“In the old days, we had a lot of extra dollars available to spread around.” he said. “These days, those extra dollars are few and far between.”
About one-third of the allocation will be used to purchase e-books as part of a statewide effort to bolster the Tennessee State Library and Archives’ Regional E-Book and Audiobook Download System online collection of downloadable titles. The remainder will be spent on books and movies.