Achcroft presents LSTA Grant Check to Boonslick Regional Library

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News
Missouri State Secretary John R. (Jay) Ashcroft presented a check for $21,118 to the Boonslick Regional Library on Tuesday in Boonville. The money will be used to purchase library document stations. On hand during the presentation were (left to right) Linda Runnebaum, Cooper County Board Member, Sandy Meisenheimer, Cooper County Board Member,Mary  Pat Abele, Cooper County Board Member,Secretary of State John R. (Jay) Ashcroft, Cathy Birk, Branch SupervisorLinda Allcorn, Library Director, Jannaka Brown, Library Assistant II, and Vicki Ghea, Library Assistant II.

Missouri Secretary of State John R.(Jay) Ashcroft visited the Boonslick Regional Library in Boonville on Tuesday to knowledge the staff and their efforts to make Missouri communities a better place to work and live.

While visiting with the staff, Ashcroft presented an LSTA Grant check for $21,118, which will be used to purchase library document stations. In addition, Ashcroft was provided a brief tour of the current library and was presented plans by the staff for the new library at the Kemper campus.

Missouri has over 360 libraries that serve individuals in many ways. With limited budgets, libraries strive to innovate and update to best serve the needs of the community.

Over the past year, the Missouri State Library - a division of the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, has distributed over $6,000,000 in grants to libraries in the state who have requested project funding. These funds come from ARPA and CARES monies offered through federal programs. 

“Libraries matter. Regardless of which library you frequent, you will find a vibrant, energetic atmosphere filled with people of all ages and from all walks of life.”

 Secretary Ashcroft said. “A Library is a place where communities can gather, where parents can find engaging and educational programs for their children, where a student can connect to the internet and find a world of resources and opportunity - anyone can find a quiet space to get work done or just relax with a good book.”

Since taking office in 2017, Ashcroft has worked closely with Missouri’s libraries and the state legislature to improve state funding and improve public libraries.