The Library Network, Lakeland Library Cooperative and the Michigan Library Association are proud to announce that they have received $2,252,462 through two grants from the Library of Michigan through the Institute for Museum and Library Services LSTA American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Public libraries in all 83 Michigan counties will soon be eligible for increased digital eContent from Overdrive, and technology tools/equipment (like laptops, chromebooks, outdoor public address system, etc.) to help facilitate recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Worthy of note: digital eContent will include topics on workforce development, job seeking skills, health, mental health, and general educational needs.  The project will also include a multi-media awareness campaign directed at library patrons to promote the availability of the increased content, and the technology available for loan and use in Michigan libraries.  More information on these projects will be available later in November.