Sunday, August 14, 2022

Play

Voting-rights groups sue AZ to block 'Election Security' Bills; U.S House vote expected today on the new Inflation Reduction Act; the Attorney General moves to release details on search of Trump s home.

Play

Local election officials detail how election misinformation is fueling threats; Media outlets ask a court to unseal the search warrant of Donald Trump's home; and the CDC changes its approach to COVID-19.

Play

Infrastructure funding is on its way, ranchers anticipate money from the Inflation Reduction Act, and rural America is becoming more diverse, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the leadership.

WI Libraries to Benefit from Stimulus Bill

Play

Thursday, March 25, 2021   

ASHLAND, Wis. -- Public library systems have promoted the services they provide go well beyond books.

And now, they're getting extra federal aid to offer more help to those who need it, including Wisconsin communities.

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package recently signed by President Joe Biden sets aside $200 million for libraries.

Sherry Machones, president of the Wisconsin Library Association and director of the Northern Waters Library Service, said the Badger State will get about $3.2 million.

Machones pointed out branches have been a lifeline in low-income communities with limited internet access during the pandemic. She also runs the Northern Waters Library Service, which covers eight counties in a rural area with broadband gaps.

"As someone who's probably familiar with Northern Wisconsin, lack of broadband is a huge concern," Machones explained.

She suggested if her system is awarded funding, they could work towards boosting access, especially for branches in tribal areas.

The Association said system directors around the state have been talking about ways to maximize federal resources so many regions will benefit. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will review applications for funding.

For her system, Machones noted they're talking about other ways to reach underserved communities.

"There's bookmobile possibilities for libraries, those that don't have that," Machones stated. "There is putting more money into our electronic collection; our e-books, because that exploded in use this year."

Also in the stimulus package is $7 billion in funding to reimburse library systems and schools for the cost of providing internet hotspots, as well as devices that have Wi-Fi capabilities.

Republicans in Congress have criticized some provisions, such as the one for libraries, saying it goes beyond responding to immediate needs from the crisis.


get more stories like this via email

Since the 2020 election, at least 19 states have passed 34 laws restrict­ing access to voting, according to the Brennan Center For Justice. (Orlowiski Designs/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Voting-rights advocates are suing the state of Arizona over new regulations they say make it harder for some people to register and would block thousa…


Social Issues

New Hampshire ranks second in the country on measures of child well-being, according to the new 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

Social Issues

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation for children's well-being, according to the 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation…


While there are continued disparities, an annual report says Minnesota has seen progress in elevating kids out of poverty, with 12% of children falling into that category. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Minnesota once again gets a high ranking among states for child well-being, but an annual report says the state's disparities remain a challenge…

Social Issues

Some measurements of children's well-being show warning signs in Iowa in the area of education. The numbers contrast with Iowa's overall ranking in a …

Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).

Health and Wellness

Nearly a dozen Iowa youths with disabilities are taking newly developed leadership skills out into the world. A summer academy wrapped up this month…

Environment

A coalition of community organizations teamed up in Oregon to force a chronic polluter out of business, and bring environmental justice to a nearby …

Health and Wellness

During National Health Center Week, health-care advocates are highlighting the work Community Health Centers are doing to improve access to care …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021