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Gov. John Carney visited the Newark Free Library last week to sign two bills intended to improve the state’s libraries.
“With its library tradition dating back 150 years, Newark is the natural, logical location for the signing of these two librar y-related laws,” Rep. Paul Baumbach noted July 19.
The first bill codifies the state Division of Libraries’ responsibility to administer the Delaware Library Consortium. Launched in 2010, the statewide network of libraries has partnered together to improve the quality and accessibility of technological resources available at libraries.
The consortium’s efforts include the development of a statewide digital library catalog and the expansion of high-speed broadband internet access to all public libraries, as well as coordinated purchasing of computer hardware and a centralized tech help desk.
The second bill expands the availability of the Ada Leigh Soles Memorial Professional Librarian and Archivist Incentive Scholarship Program to include employees of non-public libraries in Delaware that join the consortium. Established in 2010 as a tribute to the late Newark legislator and advocate for libraries, the award award provides financial assistance to students who work for Delaware libraries and the Delaware Public Archives.
Soles’ daughter, Catherine Soles Pomeroy, and grandchildren were on hand for the ceremony, as was former Newark State Sen. Steve Amick, who also advocated for local libraries.
“My mother was passionate about education, libraries and serving her community. A scholarship that helps educate librarians and archivists so that they can serve their communities is the perfect tribute to her,” Pomeroy said. “Of course, she always said that this type of recognition was just the whipped cream on top of what was a very fulfilling career. But who doesn’t enjoy some whipped cream every now and then?”
After signing a bill expanding the Ada Leigh Soles Memorial Scholarship, Gov. John Carney presents the bill to Soles’ daughter, Catherine Soles Pomeroy. Looking on is state Rep. Paul Baumbach (left) and former state Sen. Steve Amick (right).