The Elmwood Public Library is proud to announce that the organization has been awarded grants from four separate entities totaling just over $3,000. Library Director Anne Pope commented, “The mission statement of the Elmwood Library is to encourage life-long learning for our citizens by providing them the resources and services that they need. These gifts will go a long way in doing that!”
The Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association (EMMA) gave $250 to the library to purchase a new SmartTV and rolling stand. The device allows library staff (or public speakers) the ability to easily stream web content via the library’s WiFi. The Nebraska Arts Council awarded the library over $400 to assist with the “Party in the Park” this June. Cass County Tourism granted over $500 to pay for library signage and marketing materials. Finally, the library was very excited to learn they had been awarded $2,000 by the Midlands Community Foundation.
“Midlands is a great organization that has been making gifts to non-profits in Cass and Sarpy counties for years,” stated Anne Pope. “In 2019 they decided to help area libraries cover the costs associated with their Summer Reading Programs. This is a huge boon to us as our budget for this event is usually only $250 per year. I’m so excited about the books and supplies we’ll be able to share with the kids this summer!”
Director Anne Pope says that receiving four grants in one month is pretty rare, and she doesn’t expect it to happen again anytime soon, but she and the library board are grateful and excited about what the gifts mean to the community as a whole.