Monessen, Jun 10, 2011 -- Local Contact:
Dawn Knepp (717) 237-2286
USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams Announces
Support for Monessen Public Library
MONESSEN, June 10, 2011 – Public libraries are a cornerstone of rural communities, providing essential educational and workforce development opportunities for all ages. Today, USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams announced a Rural Development Community Facilities grant for the Monessen Public Library to purchase books to supplement the library’s permanent book collection. The library, located at 326 Donner Avenue, has been serving the Monessen community for over 75 years and currently offers a wide selection of books, summer reading programs, book clubs and computer training.
“USDA Rural Development continues to work with rural communities to help them to improve services to their residents,” Williams said. “Families in Monessen should grow up with the same opportunities they would have living anywhere else.”
The Community Facilities Program supports essential community facilities for public use in rural areas such as fire protection, safety, health care, education and many other community needs. In 2010, Rural Development provided over 50 Community Facility loans and grants to rural Pennsylvania libraries, fire companies, schools, boroughs, townships, and hospitals.
Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.
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