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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05)

October 16, 2020

Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced eight local public libraries will receive a total of $28,914 in federal grants to help them address operational challenges during the pandemic.

Kildee announced the new grants during a visit to the Flint Public Library, where he received an update on the Kearsley Street Flint Public Library building renovation project. The eight public libraries that received funding included:

  • Bay County Library System: $6,400
  • Bridgeport Public Library: $500
  • Bullard Sanford Memorial Library: $3,500
  • Genesee District Library: $5,900
  • Iosco-Arenac District Library: $2,600
  • Millington Arbela District Library: $3,114
  • Public Libraries of Saginaw: $6,400
  • Reese Unity District Library: $500  

I am proud to announce these federal grants to support our public libraries. Libraries provide such a critical service to our community. During the pandemic, they have adapted their services to offer curbside pick-ups, virtual children’s storytime, and expanded parking lot wi-fi access. I am incredibly grateful for their continued commitment to serve the public. In Congress, I will continue to work to bring home federal resources to help our state.”

In Congress, Kildee supported the CARES Act, which included investments to help museums and libraries during the pandemic. Libraries across Michigan received $902,397. Kildee also supports legislation in Congress, the Library Stabilization Fund Act, which would establish a $2 billion Library Stabilization Fund to help libraries respond to and recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus.

On Friday, Kildee also held a virtual roundtable with members of the Michigan Library Association to discuss how Michigan libraries have adapted their services during the pandemic and what additional support libraries need to maintain services for the community.

Since early March 2020, most of our library buildings have been physically closed, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to provide virtual and curbside services in their effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” said Deborah E. Mikula, Executive Director of the Michigan Library Association. “Libraries in mid-Michigan continue to provide essential and critical services during this global pandemic and we are grateful to Congressman Kildee for supporting the CARES Act, which provides vital resources to reopen safely.”