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Gwinnett County Public Library receives two state grants

The Gwinnett County Public Library’s Board of Trustees met Monday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

The Gwinnett County Public Library’s Board of Trustees met Monday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Public Library has received two state grants.

The first, a $358,900 grant, will be used for major repairs and renovations for existing county projects at eight of the library system’s 15 branches.

The Library Board of Trustees approved the addition of the monies to the state grant revenue and building repair budgets at its regular meeting Monday.

The second state grant, for $92,488, is for public access computing. The board voted unanimously to increase the state revenue and operations budgets in that amount. The funds will be used to purchase iPads for early literacy, Google Chromebooks and Lenovo laptops to supplement public PC use, as well as a 3-D printer and scanners.

“We’re thrilled to get this (grant),” board Chairman Dick Goodman said. “It gives us an opportunity to bring in some new technology that we can test, sort of prototype, see what works and what’s effective and what served our patrons.”

Jane Walters, the division director of business services for the library system, reported the library’s endowment fund balance as of Sept. 30 was $250,765.86, an increase of about $5,000 from last quarter.

The Library Board of Trustees will hold called meetings Wednesday and Thursday for the purpose of an executive session. Goodman said the board will be dealing with personnel issues and no action will be taken.