The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce that the Polk City Community Library has received a Library Technology Grant Award for their "Tech the Wall" proposal. The grant’s $1,500 award will purchase new equipment for the library’s meeting room to enhance technological access for presentations by both the library and outside users of the space. The library’s initial project with the updated equipment will be the implementation of a six-month series of community computer classes on a variety of topics.

The State Library of Iowa awarded 63 technology grants to 97 Iowa libraries from funds allocated by the Iowa Legislature during the 2013 session. One hundred ninety-four grant applications were submitted representing 255 libraries. Grant awards ranged from $804.98 for a single library with a single project to $13,499 to a group of nine libraries in one county. The projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.

"All the winning applications made a strong case for how the use of technology would improve the lives of Iowa citizens," said Marie Harms, state library consultant and grant coordinator. "The applications proved that there is a great need to add, upgrade and replace all sorts of computers and other equipment in the libraries. By using roughly half of the funds allocated to the state library, the impact on the equipment, programs and services offered by Iowa libraries will be profound."

The awards are evenly distributed throughout the state and awarded to all sizes of public libraries and a few academic libraries.

Kim Kellogg, Polk City Library’s director, said, "We are so excited about the possibilities this grant opens for us. The new equipment will enable us to respond to a real need in our community. Being able to introduce pieces of the technology pie in a group setting will allow us to maximize our efforts while maintaining our small-town hospitality."