Clarion Public Library awarded over $3500 as part of technology grant

Clarion Library Director Linda Lloyd shows off some of the new equipment purchased with funds from a grant the library received. New items include iPads as well as equipment for a media lab. Photo by Bridget Shileny

                  The Clarion Public Library recently received $3563 as part of Library Services and Technology Act grant. Library Director Linda Lloyd explained she has been working on ways to strengthen the library’s technology and services.  To determine if the library qualified for the grant, Lloyd used a library tool called Edge. Edge helps libraries assess their current public access technology, identify ways to strengthen or enhance public access technology, and engage with key stakeholders and the community on the value of the library’s services.  Edge is provided through the State Library of Iowa.

                  Part of the grant was used to purchase iPads with accessories for younger children. Lloyd says the iPads are great teaching and learning tool that kids will be able to use while visiting the library. She adds, “We will download children’s learning tools and applications, as well as make Tumble books, our online resource, accessible.  I believe it will give children a jumpstart on literacy and technology, as their imaginations expand and grow.” These tablets will enhance the technology available for educating young children in our community.

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