The Morgan County Library in Versalles recently received a $15,014 technology “mini-grant.” It will be used to add two early literacy stations, replace a number of computers, add eight laptops, and upgrade the library’s software.
“The big push in seeking the grant is that the laptops will provide a way to offer classes for digital literacy,” said Morgan County Library director Stacey Embry.
Embry said the computers will help the library develop programs to help people build resumes, apply for jobs, and learn about internet safety.
In addition, the tech grant will allow library staff to teach people how to use existing digital library resources (such as accessing the library’s card catalog online).
Embry has begun purchasing the technology as of Sept. 1 and will be acquiring items through March.
“Keep your eyes on the Library Bookworm in the newspaper for details as we introduce new applications each month,” Embry said.
“Libraries are integral to our communities, acting as hubs of knowledge and resources for Missourians,” said Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. “It’s important for libraries to have up-to-date technology to ensure patrons can best access and interact with that information. These grants help our state’s libraries get the technology they need to best serve their patrons.”
The library will use the grant to add two early literacy stations to the Children’s Department to better meet patron demand. The stations come with pre-loaded software designed to help children build their literacy skills. Additionally, the library will replace five staff computers that are obsolete, and create a portable training lab by adding eight laptops and a charging station. The library will also upgrade the office production software on 14 computers and eight laptops and install photo editing software on five computers to improve services to patrons.
The Missouri State Library has approved a total of 19 grant applications in the 2018 fiscal year, totaling $148,978 in federal awards that the secretary’s office has distributed to libraries throughout Missouri. The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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