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ST. CLOUD, MN - The Minnesota Library Association recently honored State Representative Mary Murphy (DFL - Hermantown) for her continued efforts to support and advance libraries throughout the state. Rep. Murphy received her award at the Library Association 2009 Legislative Forum, where she also spoke about her long-held commitment to public libraries and took questions about the 2009 Legislative Session.
“Libraries are among the cultural and civic centers of our communities," Rep. Murphy said. “More than that, libraries today are places where young and old alike can come to learn; they are public forums, continuing education classrooms, institutions of life-long learning, and job resource centers. By funding our libraries properly we are enriching our quality of life, connecting communities with crucial information resources, and fueling Minnesota’s economy.”
New library funding provided during the 2007 Legislative Session will be critical in maintaining and improving the important services libraries provide for Minnesotans. In addition, as chair of the Cultural and Outdoor Resources Finance Division responsible for allocating new constitutionally dedicated Legacy Funds approved by voters last fall, Rep. Murphy helped secure $4.25 million in FY10 and FY11 for arts and cultural heritage programming in Minnesota Libraries.
“It’s an honor to support our libraries, and a responsibility I take seriously,” said Murphy. “Supporting our libraries today opens the book of opportunity for each generation of Minnesotans, and a more prosperous future for all of us.”
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