Congress Orders EPA to Restore Library System

In the recently enacted Fiscal Year 2008 omnibus appropriations bill, Congress ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restore the network of EPA libraries that had been closed or consolidated by the Administration since 2006. Congress included $3,000,000 in funding for EPA to reopen the libraries. EPA was also directed to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations by late-March regarding actions it will take to “restore publicly available libraries to provide environmental information and data to each EPA region.”

History Channel Accepting Applications for “Save Our History” Grants

The History Channel has begun accepting applications for its annual “Save Our History” grant program. Under the program, museums, historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, libraries and archives partner with local school or youth groups to help preserve the history of their communities. The History Channel awards grants of up to $10,000 for individual projects. The grant application and information on how to apply are available at the Save Our History website and are due by June 6, 2008.