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Library receives Tech Grant Award- Dec. 2013

The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce that the Decorah Public Library has received a Library Technology Grant Award in the amount of $1,500 for the purchase of six new iPads, a Nook HD, and a Kindle Fire HD. The Friends of Decorah Public Library are matching the grant award with $1,500 to meet the total project cost of $3,000.   

The State Library of Iowa awarded 63 technology grants to 97 Iowa libraries from funds allocated by the Iowa Legislature during the 2013 session. One hundred ninety-four grant applications were submitted representing 255 libraries. Grant awards range from $804.98 for a single library with a single project to $13,499 to a group of nine libraries in one county. The projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.

“All the winning applications made a strong case for how the use of technology would improve the lives of Iowa citizens,” said Marie Harms, State Library Consultant and grant coordinator.

The awards are evenly distributed throughout the state and awarded to all sizes of public libraries and a few academic libraries.

Said Harms, “The applications proved that there is a great need to add, upgrade and replace all sorts of computers and other equipment in the libraries.  By using roughly half of the funds allocated to the State Library, the impact on the equipment, programs and services offered by Iowa libraries will be profound.”

Decorah Public Library Director Lorraine Borowski said “We are excited to be able to offer Library patrons and staff the opportunity to explore these new devices. Additional information about device availability and technology programming will be forthcoming.”

Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.