(1) There is created within the Department of State a Community Libraries in Caring
(2) The purpose of the Community Libraries in Caring Program is to assist libraries
in rural communities, as defined in s. 288.0656(2) and subject to the provisions of s. 288.06561, to strengthen their collections and services, improve literacy in their communities,
and improve the economic viability of their communities.
(3) A library under this program is encouraged to demonstrate local or other support
for its services, including monetary contributions, in-kind contributions, or other
forms of assistance.
(4) Subject to legislative appropriation, the Division of Library and Information
Services within the Department of State shall administer the program, which shall
facilitate the exchange of ideas and services between libraries in rural communities
and communities in other parts of the state.
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