MOULTON — The Lawrence County Library was awarded a $20,000 federal grant to expand its large-print collection, the library’s director said.

Rex Bain said the county’s aging population played a key role in the securing the grant.

“The 2018 estimated U.S. census reports the population of Lawrence County 65 years and older is 18.2%, while the same population is only 16.5% for the state,” Bain said. “According to the library’s fiscal year 2018 circulation statistics, large-print items were checked out by 16.6% of active patrons while large-print only comprised 7% of our collection.”

He said the grant is based on the condition the library meets the award amount with an additional $5,000, or 25% more than the grant reimburses.

Bain said since 2013 when he joined the library staff, the library has received about $101,000 through Library Sciences and Technology Act grants. He said the Alabama Public Library Service awarded the library the $20,000 grant.

mike.wetzel@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2442. Twitter @DD_Wetzel.

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