Several libraries in the area have received Targeted Collection Development Grants.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Carrollton Public Library Director Sue Lightfoot:

Sue Lightfoot

They received $2,000 for books from awards.  The Hamilton Public Library was given a grant of $675.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Director Carrie Cooley:

Carrie Cooley

The Concordia Branch of Trails Regional Library received $653 and the Livingston County Library was given $1,200.

Press Release from the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office

Jefferson City, Missouri – Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced the Carrollton Public Library received a Targeted Collection Development Grant in the amount of $2,000.

The grant provides funds to public libraries to strengthen their collections in support of Missouri’s statewide reading programs. Titles on the final nominee lists for each reading program represent the best in current preschool, children’s and youth literature. After reading the nominated titles, children and youth across Missouri choose the award winners for their respective age group.

Possible awards include the following:

1. Gateway Readers Award, 2012–2013

2. Truman Readers Award, 2012–2013

3. Mark Twain Readers Award, 2012–2013

4. Show Me Readers Award, 2012-2013

5. Building Block Award, 2012

“Missourians are blessed to have a strong network of local public libraries throughout the state,” Carnahan said. “Strong local libraries provide citizens with access to vast new resources and information right in their own communities. I’m pleased that this federal grant funding will help support the Carrollton Public Library and provide library patrons even better services and programs.”

The secretary of state’s Targeted Collection Development grants are funded by the Library Services & Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

In the 2012 Fiscal Year, the Missouri State Library has approved a total of 83 grant applications, distributing $483,280 in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.