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Rapides Parish Library receives federal ARPA funding from State Library of Louisiana

Rapides Parish Library
Rapides Parish Library(KALB)
Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:47 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:48 AM CDT
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The following information has been provided by the Rapides Parish Library:

Rapides Parish Library has received a particular round of funding to help our library system further respond directly and immediately to the many needs of our communities due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $3,012,150 to the State Library of Louisiana for disbursement to public libraries in Louisiana. The Rapides Parish Library has received $47,064 of that funding.

“This funding will play a vital role in the expansion of our technology and patron support offerings. The Rapides Parish Library is always examining local needs and exploring new ways to serve our community.,” said Director Celise Reech-Harper.

The State Library of Louisiana has a longstanding partnership with Louisiana’s 340 public libraries, assisting in all library service areas, including disbursement of federal funding when it is available. The purpose of these ARPA funds is to provide economic relief as quickly as possible to every parish library system in Louisiana to support public libraries as they continue to assist families with all of their information needs due to the pandemic. Specifically, public libraries will spend these funds on expanding digital network access, purchasing internet-accessible devices, and addressing digital inclusion by providing technical support services to citizens, particularly in education, health, and workforce development needs.

“Public libraries are essential to the well-being of our entire state and provide critical access points for Louisianans to obtain the information and services that they need to thrive and succeed. The necessity of having access to public library resources and services has never been more true than during the current pandemic. COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of many of our citizens and their lack of internet access, as well as the degree to which they rely upon in-person and online assistance and access to life-changing information provided by their public libraries,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “This funding will provide additional relief to our parish public libraries, who have reached far beyond the walls of their libraries, deep into their communities to ensure that they have what they need the most right now--access to information, technology, and broadband.”

For more information on the Rapides Parish Library, on resources related to COVID-19, or to view our current programming, visit https://www.rpl.org.

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