May 3, 2018 - This week, Rep. Chris Smith announced that the Manalapan and Middletown libraries were among the 100 libraries selected to participate in a national education project titled, “Revisiting the Founding Era,” reported TAPinto. Both Monmouth County libraries will receive a $1,000 grant from the National Endowments for the Arts & Humanities (NEA and NEH) as well as educational materials and historical documents about the Founding Era.

“I am pleased to announce that Monmouth County Library and Middletown Township Public Library will participate in this special project to look more closely at the founding of this country,” said Smith. “They will be able to lead and focus their communities on subjects of immense value to our national heritage.”

Rep. Smith recognizes the important contributions NEA and NEH programs make to cultivating American culture and preserving our nation’s history. In 2017, Smith voted to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, which funded the NEA and NEH. He also joined a letter of support for NEA and NEH to President Trump, asking the administration to fully fund the agencies in FY 2018 and 2019.

To read the TAPinto article, click here.