Huxley Public Library receives $4,250 grant to upgrade children’s library

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Huxley Public Library receives $4,250 grant to upgrade children’s library

In the past 43 years, the Huxley Public Library has grown from 2,000 books and 170 patrons to 30,000 books and 3,000 patrons and provides learning materials to all members of the Huxley community. Employees from the Monsanto Huxley plant breeding site selected the Huxley Public Library to receive a $4,250 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2015 grant initiative to enhance library services for children.

Funds from the grant will be used to expand the children’s section of the library, including the number of science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) learning materials. The library also plans on purchasing new shelves for the area.

“The current shelving units we have aren’t very child-friendly, so these new ones will ensure we can better serve the children who use our library,” said Mike Hanks, director of library services. “It is great to have this support for our project.”

This is the third time the Huxley Public Library has received a grant through the site grant initiative. Site Lead Kim Schaaf notes the great relationship the site employees have with the library.

“Our employees, who live in the city and frequent the library, are proud to know that they are helping the organization. It is a great place for families to check out books, for local students to work on homework and also provides story time to Pre-K students in the community,” said Schaaf. “We are proud to be able to provide another grant to the Huxley Public Library to help it continue to provide learning resources to the community.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.2 million to nonprofit organizations through the site grant initiative to help address needs in rural communities. Youth education organizations across the country have received over $5.1 million from the fund since 2010.