Library tour

Stephanie Harrington (left), director of the Marion County Library, gives Robin Westphal, state librarian, a tour of the library which is the recipient of a Edge Action Plan Grant, the first of its kind in the state.

The Marion County Library District has been awarded an Edge Action Plan Grant of $2,598 from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. 

Robin Westphal, the state librarian , presented the check and toured the library Thusday.

“Our libraries are an invaluable resource to Missourians, offering public access to a wide array of materials and technology,” said Jay Ashcroft secretary of state. 

“These grants ensure libraries have the funds they need to offer quality technology-based services and programs to their patrons.”

The grant, the first of its kind in Missouuri, is a big win for the library in its effort to provide access to the internet for those who might not have it otherwise.

“We are excited and honored, and we’re glad to start this project especially for our community and our county,” said Stephanie Harrington, the library’s director. 

Libraries, especially recently, have expanded their rolls in their communities and one of those areas is providing internet access for those without.

“They’re not just books on a shelf,” Wesphal said, noting libraries are more of a community hub.

For instance, Westphal said, with the closing of job centers around the state, libraries, like the one in Palmyra, are becoming a local portal for job services.

“We find it’s important for us to provide services to the community that people may not otherwise have access to,” Harrington.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.