Hillman library receives grant

HILLMAN – Hillman Junior/Senior High School library has received a grant to provide the library with relevant reading materials and updated technology and software.

“Our main focus is to fill the library with current, relevant books and information the students can make use of to educate themselves and become successful,” volunteer librarian Eryca Kroll said. “The grant money will be used for the purpose of helping to bring the library up-to-date and functioning again.”

The library has not been fully utilized in six years, and students have not been able to take full advantage of the facility. Kroll said through the grant, the school will be better able to serve the students through updating the technology and information for the library system.

“This grant will be able to provide new fiction and non-fiction books that students can use as reference as they further their education,” Kroll said.

Kroll said the school also plans to work with teachers to provide better educational materials for the students to have easy access to supplement what students are learning in the classroom.

“We will be able to measure the success of the grant when the library is functioning again and the students can easily check out books and reference the materials they need in their own school library,” Kroll said.

The grant of $1,300 was from the Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council for Library Restoration and Revival.

“In the future, we want to update the actual library tracking system software to keep track of the books, and update the equipment itself,” Kroll said. “This grant is a great way to get started, and we’re excited about it.”

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.