A grant worth more than half a million dollars was recently awarded to the Doylestown branch of the Bucks County Free Library system.
Responding to news of the grant, state Rep. Tim Brennan, D-29, said, “Libraries are one of the cornerstones of our democracy. With school libraries under censorship pressure in the region, our local libraries take on even greater importance as resources for historical knowledge and accurate information.”
The $539,600 grant came from Pennsylvania’s Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities office, created to help libraries with operations improvements, equipment installation and security systems upgrades.
The grants are highly competitive. Doylestown’s Pine Street branch was among only 21 libraries out of 450 state libraries to receive the funding, according to a statement.
Brennan a newly elected lawmaker, said, “I am proud of the librarians and county staff whose hard work earned this competitive funding,” said “This substantial grant will help the library to better serve the community without requiring additional local tax revenue.”