Harrison County Library System awarded with CARES Act


The Harrison County Library System was awarded $276,107 through the Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act grants.

The IMLS announced Thursday that they are awarding over $13 million in CARES Act grants to help support museums and libraries respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The funding was given to 68 entities that were selected from 1,701 applications nationwide.

While the grant call went out in the late spring of this year, the Harrison County Library System finalized their project for what they would do with the money in June.

The project will be a mobile outreach vehicle that can be deployed anywhere in Harrison County for anyone who will need it.

The vehicle will consist of a WiFi hotspot, a computer lab, and a retractable awning for comfort, rain or shine. Harrison County Library System Director Sarah Crisler-Ruskey said, “We’re just really pleased to be able to add this to our services in Harrison County because we want to reach as many people as possible. That’s our goal in this, to bring people to the information or to take the information to the people.”

The Harrison County Library System will also be partnering with CTA to provide hotspots on certain bus routes. These projects are expected to be completed by August 2022.

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