Kent State University librarian awarded grant to add books about Ohio

Kent State University librarian awarded grant to add books about Ohio

(KENT, OH – March 25, 2021) Kent State University Libraries proudly announces that Library Director Mary Hricko, Ph.D., of the Kent State Geauga Campus and the Twinsburg Academic Center, recently received a Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors (COBAA) Grant for $1002. The grant, which is sponsored by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and awarded by the State Library of Ohio, provides federal funding to expand collection development of books about Ohio and written by Ohio authors.

“The books we will receive from the grant not only showcase Ohio authors, but the selected titles will help readers uncover Ohio’s literary and cultural history,” says Dr. Hricko.

Most of the funds awarded through the COBAA grant will be used to add books to the library’s juvenile collection for the Middle Childhood Education Program at Kent State’s Geauga and Twinsburg campuses. The funds will also provide support materials for other instructional courses – many of which address diversity and inclusion issues – such as Ohio History, African-American Literature, Media, Power and Culture, and Introduction to Justice Studies.

Questions regarding the grant should be directed to Dr. Hricko at To learn more about Kent State University Libraries, visit

POSTED: Monday, March 29, 2021 - 10:34am
UPDATED: Monday, March 29, 2021 - 11:20am