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Toledo Public Library receives Iowa Technology Grant Award

January 8, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce the Toledo Public Library has received a Library Technology Grant Award in the amount of $1,500 for replacement of the Vision Iowa Technology Room computer and adding a children's check out station.

Jennifer Bledsoe, Toledo Library director said, "It is a great honor to be chosen as a recipient for the Iowa Library Services Technology Grant. Our grant funding will be used to replace the outdated computer in the Vision Iowa Technology Room and to purchase a scanner to be used at the new children's check out station.

"Libraries and technology go hand in hand and the Toledo Library strives to remain current with technology trends. Thank you to the State Library of Iowa for offering these additional funding opportunities to Iowa libraries."

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Toledo Public Library
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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."



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