Hanbidge announces $4,500 grant awarded to community library

NORTH WALES, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced that the North Wales Area Library received a $4,500 grant to help offset the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant came from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s emergency relief grant program. Funding may be used to help the library continue to serve the community, retain staff, shift to an online format and make resources available to those who depend on the library for education.

“Ensuring the success of our area’s libraries helps countless people in our community who depend on library services; whether they are there for tutoring, internet access or to print resumes, the libraries of our community house much more than books alone,” Hanbidge said. “With the academic year starting soon, many students are going to need the library to complete their coursework. I’m glad to help bring this funding home and help the North Wales library weather this difficult time.”

The PHC announced $780,500 in funding to 140 nonprofits across the state. The recipients include museums, historical societies, libraries and other vital cultural institutions, all carefully selected with emphasis on equity and geographic diversity, the PHC said. Funding for this grant program was earmarked from the federal CARES Act.

Questions may be directed to Hanbidge’s office by calling (610) 277-3230 or emailing RepHanbidge@pahouse.net.