The Northeast Missouri Library Service has received more than $16,000 in annual grants provided through the Secretary of State's office.
The Clark County branch of the library service received $3,210.59, the Knox County branch received $7,861.86 and the Lewis County branch received $4,969.72.
The funds may be used to meet such needs as additions to the library collection, equipment, database licenses, technology, capital improvements and other service enhancements. During the 2011 fiscal year, 30 percent of all service and programming funds were used to upgrade collections, including e-books. Twenty percent were used to make capital and building improvements. Another 19 percent were used for technology upgrades.
"Libraries are vital resources for our communities. The access to knowledge they provide through literature, technology and dedicated public servants is indispensable," Secretary of State Jason Kander said.
Service and programming funds are provided under the State Aid Equalization Program and are directed to county libraries where economic factors constrain local resources. The funds are awarded annually in February. This year, 55 separate awards totaling $771,756 were disbursed.