The State Library of Kansas awarded Morrill Public Library a grant thanks to ARPA funding in the amount of $16,517.00. The money from this grant purchased 10 new laptops for patrons to use in the library, 10 hotspots patrons can checkout, and an 86” DuoBoard smart board to use in the large meeting room.
After unforeseen budget restraints for 2022, library staff began scoping out even more grant opportunities that specifically covered technology expenses to meet the needs of the community. The State Library spread the word about the ARPA-funded grant and after going through the list of items the grant could cover, we jumped at the chance to improve our library’s technology services.
The 10 Chromebooks are for in-library use for patrons who need a quieter workstation, more room to work, or simply would rather have extra distance between themselves and others. Patrons can use them in our study room for proctored exams or small discussion groups. These Chromebooks would work great for groups that might need to collaborate together on cloud services on individual devices.
The 10 hotspots are for patrons 18 years old and up to checkout and take home for one week per household. We know how hard it can be to get reliable internet for the whole household, especially when living outside of town limits. Patrons can enjoy unlimited internet access for up to 10 devices.
We are so excited to offer these new technology options for members of the community! Learn more about the policies for these devices on the pages below.
This project was made possible in part thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.