Mid-Continent Public Library received $53,950 in two grants for technology upgrades and educational enrichment. The technology grant will give the library $35,000 to acquire new communication devices that will enhance service to patrons with hearing and speech impairments. The educational enrichment grant will provide $18,950 to implement a literacy program for youth ages 12 to 18.
“This grant will allow Mid-Continent Public Library to continue to provide Missourians with outstanding resources,” Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said. “These resources combined with the hard work and dedication of Mid-Continent Public Library’s staff help make Missouri libraries among the best in the nation.”
The secretary of state’s technology grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.