Rep Mike Halpin Celebrates $2.65 Million State Grant for New Library in East Moline

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EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS (September 13, 2022) — The new public library in East Moline is a reality, thanks to a crucial state grant delivered by State Representative Mike Halpin.

Rep Halpin (D-Rock Island) joined officials Monday, September 12, at the grand opening for the new East Moline Public Library, which received $2.65 million in state funding.

The $7 million project was able to be completed through a combination of public funding and private donations. Halpin advocated for the state funding in the state’s 2019 capital construction program — funding transportation, school, and other public building projects — and the library grant was provided through the Public Library Construction Grant Act Program.

The new library location at 1523 8th Street in East Moline was donated by TBK Bank. The library features a 125-seat community meeting room, two study rooms, expanded collections, and new access to WiFi and technology.

For Rep Halpin, seeing the library open is fulfilling his promise as a state legislator.

“Our community and our children deserve to have the same access to the resources that libraries provide,” Rep Halpin said. “Bringing dollars back to the community is the most important part of being a state representative.

“It’s great to see a project that is good for the community come together. When we work together, good things happen.”

To learn more about the East Moline library services and resources, visit its website: https://www.eastmolinelibrary.com/.

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September 13, 2022 at 10:58PM

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