KINGMAN – The Mohave County Library District is $25,000 richer with the award of funding from the State Grants-in-Aid program.
In 1981, the Arizona Legislature developed State Grants-in-Aid to help Arizona libraries meet the information needs of Arizona residents. The grant provides limited construction funding to public libraries, as well as annual awards to county library districts to assist with other needs.
While the grant is becoming an annual award in Mohave County, this year it will be used to replace aging library self-checkout units with new hardware including much larger touch screens, as well as dedicated computers with software designed to develop early literacy skills for the youngest library patrons.
“This grant allows us to purchase things and do programs that our budget doesn’t cover,” said Kathy Pennell, library director.
Especially exciting will be the purchase of additional standalone computers for children, Pennell added.
“We have one computer already located at each of our three main branches,” she said. “The kids love them and we’ve wanted to provide more so that they are not standing in line waiting to use them.”
Additionally, the grant will pay for upgrades to computer servers at the Havasu and Bullhead City branches.
“These servers run a lot of the things that customers use including making reservations to use computers and printing materials,” Pennell said. “We are always very appreciative of the grant.”