New Jersey Gov. Phil MurphyNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

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TRENTON, NJ—New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday thelaunch of the first round of grant solicitations in connection withthe $125-million Library Construction Bond Act that was passed byvoters more than two years ago.

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The bond act was passed by New Jersey voters in November 2017and the bond financing will now provide funding to modernize andprovide new technology to libraries in the Garden State.

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The bond program will provide funding for projects such as ADAaccessibility, major building renovations and new constructionprojects. State Librarian Mary Chute, in consultation with Dr.Merodie A. Hancock, president of Thomas Edison State University,will be responsible for the administration and oversight of theLibrary Construction Bond Act grant solicitation.

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"Libraries are a cornerstone of our communities and serve astrusted sources for vital information and resources," says Gov.Murphy. "With this funding, libraries across our state will be ableto fund critical projects to improve their facilities and ensure aproductive and pleasant experience for patrons young and old."

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New Jersey State Librarian Chute adds, "All of the projects tobe funded through the Bond Act will directly benefit thecommunities and people of New Jersey. This initiative will improveour libraries' ability to respond to the needs of our communitiesand will help New Jersey residents bridge the digital divide."

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Applicants interested in applying for the grant should visithttps://www.njstatelib.org/NJLibraryConstructionBond

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John Jordan

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