Courtesy of Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s Office:
Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that a $499,999 grant, made possible by CARES Act funding, will be awarded to the San Benito County Free Library. The funding will be used to improve the library’s internet connection, technology unit, and resources for community members.
“The pandemic and economic shutdowns have impacted many of our local city and county services, including our libraries,” said Congressman Jimmy Panetta. “Fortunately, Congress formulated and passed the CARES Act, which provides for this type of funding for such invaluable resources in our community like the San Benito County Free Library. This grant will help the library with its digital resources and improve its community work, not just during the pandemic, but long after.”
The San Benito County Free Library will use this funding to improve its internet connection and library resources during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The library will revitalize its technology unit by hiring a digital services librarian and two office assistants. The goal of the Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act Grants program is to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.