The Douglas County Library Foundation has approved $20,732 in grants. The money will go to eight of Douglas County’s public libraries, and to the Douglas Community Library Association.
Libraries in Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Winston, Sutherlin and Yoncalla will collectively receive $10,460 for their summer reading programs for children, library foundation member Bob Heilman said Tuesday.
Other grants will help boost technology at three local libraries. Those include $1,672 for Canyonville Library computers, $1,000 for new equipment at the Glendale Library, and $2,600 for website development at the Sutherlin Library, Heilman said.
The Douglas Community Library Association, which provides services to most of the county’s libraries, will receive $5,000 to pay for e-book downloads.
A grant request from the Reedsport Library had been tabled until next month’s library foundation meeting, pending the outcome of the election on the library district there. Voters approved the district May 15.
Libraries in Drain and Roseburg received no grants since neither city has reopened its library. The city of Roseburg plans to reopen its library following renovations, and recently appointed a library commission. Drain voters Tuesday approved formation of a library district.
Heilman said the library foundation will offer more grants this autumn.
The Douglas County Library Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that provides support for all of Douglas County’s libraries. It was created in 1982 to raise money to build the former Douglas County Library System’s Roseburg branch on Diamond Lake Boulevard.