Lawrence County’s libraries were recently awarded $3,000 in grant funds to assist with personal protective equipment and COVID-19 expenses in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.

The funds, secured through a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant was awarded to the Lawrence County Public Library, according to Library Director Rex Bain.

Bain said the funds are to be distributed evenly among the LCPL, Courtland Public Library and Town Creek Public Library to reimburse each facility for purchases made in response to COVID-19.

“This grant gives us a little bit of breathing room,” said Bain. “Money is already tight. This definitely helps since we did not have sufficient funds allocated for pandemic-related supplies.”

A statement provided by Bain explains that the funds have been earmarked for PPE and COVID-19 supplies, including masks, sanitizers, thermometers, and any other item that will assist the libraries in creating a safer environment for patrons and staff.

“Courtland Public Library is on a tight budget,” Courtland’s Library Director Sherry Hamilton added. “This grant will help cover the purchases needed to make our library a safe place to be.”

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