Library receives federal grant

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By The Staff

The Owen County Public Library is the recipient of an $8,055 equipment grant. Funding for the project is made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and it is administered by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA).

Equipment grants provide funding necessary to replace, upgrade or purchase new equipment in order to improve patron access to information and resources or to enhance library services. KDLA received 23 applications in this category, awarding 10 of them for a total of $72,537.

The library will use the funds for its “Kids Discover Technology!” program by purchasing four desktop computers equipped with literacy software for preschool children.

“We’re delighted to be able to improve the quality of our computer access to the preschoolers in Owen County,” said Library Director Jennifer Nippert.

“Our current technology has not been updated since 1999. For as many as 350 children in the county living below the poverty line, the library’s computers may be the only access they have to technology before entering school. We know that being prepared for school involves a greater computer literacy than ever before. This grant creates a better environment for their future educational successes.”