The State Library of Iowa recently announced that the Minburn Public Library has received a Library Technology Grant Award in the amount of $1,500 for a Digital Community Information Center. 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 range 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 awards are evenly distributed throughout the state and awarded to all sizes of public libraries and a few academic libraries. "The applications proved that there is a great need to add, upgrade and replace all sorts of computers and other equipment in the libraries," said Harms. "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."

Leah White, director of the Minburn Public Library, said the system will develop a greater sense of community.

"By developing the Digital Community Information Center in the Library, we will establish a central point in our community to get local information and contribute to our ongoing goals of enhancing the lives of our citizens and developing a greater sense of community," she said.