The Washington County Law Library will use the funds to support the purchase of a microfilm reader-printer to allow library patrons to fully access legal materials in the Law Library.
WCCLS, for a second year, will use the funds to support purchase of books to be distributed to children and teens at free Summer Food Service Program sites and partner venues throughout the county.
WCCLS used the 2020-21 grant to support the purchase of books for distribution to children and teens at Summer Food Service Program sites in summer 2020. The funds augmented support from WCCLS, member libraries, and library Friends groups to provide nearly 10,000 bags containing a free book and art supplies to area youth. Youth receiving the bags were from families that met low-income economic criteria to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. These children are less likely to have Internet access at home, and with public library buildings closed due to coronavirus restrictions, benefited from access to these resources.
The Washington County Law Library used the funds to support the purchase of videoconferencing equipment to offer multimedia video capabilities in the Law Library conference room. As courts and legal practitioners move to more online interactions, self-represented litigants need access to technology to participate in online proceedings. They will be able to schedule the use of the Law Library equipment to remotely appear at hearings or other legal proceedings. The technology installation was completed in June 2021 and is ready for use as County buildings begin to reopen post-pandemic closures.