HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal Free Public Library has been awarded a $2,200 grant through Missouri's "Spotlight on Literacy" program.
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the grant was one of 34 issued to various libraries across the state.
Ashcroft's office said the Hannibal library will use its funding to provide "three informative programs, such as a Mark Twain interpreter, a book discussion, an author lecture/book signing and/or similar events to complement the City of Hannibal's Bicentennial" in 2019.
The Hannibal library was the only library in Northeast Missouri to receive a grant, according to a press release from Ashcroft's office.
"Libraries are an integral part of our communities, providing Missourians an opportunity to learn and grow through the wealth of knowledge and services they offer," Ashcroft said. "These grants are important to ensuring our libraries have the resources they need to provide quality services and programs to their patrons."