Cullman County Public Library secures $40K for new bookmobile

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L-R: Friends Board Members, Julie Freeman - Oakleigh Calahan, Stefani Nelson, Tanya Allcorn, and Sharon Townson - Library Director, Josie Harrington - Assistant Library Director. (Lauren Estes for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Public Library System was awarded a 50% matching grant in September of 2021 and secured $40,000 for a new bookmobile. 

According to Library Director Sharon Townson, the funds from the Library Services and Technology Act grant are part of the federal funds for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant the library was awarded was for $90,000. They were responsible for raising the 50% match of $45,000. 

“To help with matching funds, Library Friend and dedicated volunteer, Renee Welsh, who is also a gifted grant writer, took time from her busy schedule to apply for a $10,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation in Birmingham,” Townson said. “After reviewing the grant and having a virtual interview via ZOOM, the Daniel Foundation awarded the Friends group $30,000.”

The Friends group also donated $10,000 in funds from membership dues and other fundraisers which j closed the ‘Book It 5K and Fun Run’, used book sales, plant sales, and an adopt-a-shelf program. This created a grand total of $40,000.00 towards the new electric bookmobile.

“The library is so thankful for volunteers that will take time to attend meetings, write grants, workbook sales and just simply give their time for the benefit of our community,” Townson said. “We appreciate our friends!” 

Townson said the Daniel Foundation’s mission is to strengthen communities. More information about this organization can be found at: 

http://danielfoundationofalabama.com/

Additionally, a link to the membership for friends and more information about the Cullman County Public Library is: http://www.ccpls.com/friends.html.

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