AKRON-SUMMIT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT TO DIGITIZE AKRON'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN N


Akron-Summit County Public Library has received a $10,000 grant from the Dick and Chris Chenoweth Fund of Akron Community Foundation to support its digitization of The Reporter, Akron's African-American newspaper. Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. announced the grant after it was approved by the community foundation's board on September 9. Library Director David Jennings said the funds would be used to make The Reporter, 1969 to present, searchable and digitally available. "Although the history of Akron's African-American community is rich, documentation telling that story is relatively scarce. The project will provide full-text searchable access to every word published in The Reporter for the last 47 years. Researchers will be able to search for names, places, and events," said Jennings. About Akron-Summit County Public Library Founded in 1874 and now comprised of Main Library, 17 branch libraries and mobile services, the Akron-Summit County Public Library provides resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life. For more information about the Akron-Summit County Public Library visit akronlibrary.org or follow @Akron Library on Facebook and Twitter. About Akron Community Foundation Celebrating 61 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org. END

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