PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA –Plaquemines Parish Libraries have received a specific 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 across Louisiana. Plaquemines Parish Libraries have received $47,064 of that funding.
“ Modern libraries are community gathering places. We selected Early Literacy as our focus project. This funding will pay for Early Literacy stations and tablets at all branches loaded with STEM, STEAM, and Coding programs. Looking forward, libraries throughout Plaquemines Parish will transform the community we serve by bringing the highest quality services for literacy, workforce development, and STEAM activities ” explained, Assistant Library Director Patrisha Walker.
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.
“Libraries are critical to the well-being of our entire state. We’ve seen it in times of natural disasters, and the pandemic has exposed just how much our citizens rely on access and assistance provided by their public libraries,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “This funding will provide additional relief to our libraries, who are working to provide what many of our citizens need most right now – access to information, technology, and broadband.”
For more information on the Plaquemines Parish Library, on resources related to COVID-19, or to view our current programming, visit https://bit.ly/3y7vJUm.
The mission of the Plaquemines Parish Government is to provide high-quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of Plaquemines Parish. For more information about Plaquemines Parish, visit https://plaqueminesparish.com/ Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@PlaqueminesParishGov)