Silverton, Texas, Jul 06, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director, Paco Valentin, and Area Director, Leon Carey, announced funding to the Friends of Silverton Library today. The $94,490 grant will be funded through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility program.
“Public libraries are essential to rural residents, who otherwise may not have access to the technology and resources libraries provide,” said Valentin. “This announcement provides the funding necessary to open a new library for the Silverton community, which will enhance the quality of life for all rural residents in this area.”
The Rural Development grant will be used to renovate an existing building which, when completed, will house the new library. In addition to a library, the new facility will also provide a meeting center for community members, and space to offer English as Second Language courses, GED and job resume classes, and daily health and exercise classes. The library will also provide an area for local 4-H clubs to meet. During the summer, the library plans to hosts various camps, including nature, arts and crafts camps. Additionally, a monthly “History Highlights” program is being designed to allow Century Landowners to share their family stories with the community. The new library will support a rural community of over 700 people.
Public libraries are culturally and technologically critical to the rural communities they serve. They are important to bridging the digital divide, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life in rural America.
In Fiscal Year 2010, over $62 million in Community Facility loans and grants were obligated in Texas. The USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include libraries, child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
USDA Rural Development strives to see that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy by providing technical assistance, funding, and other programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life. For further information regarding USDA Rural Development Programs, contact the Amarillo office at 806-468-8600 Extension 4, or visit our website at http://rurdev.usda.gov/tx/.