Mid-Continent Public Library has received a pair of grants and the Kansas City Public Library also has received a grant from the Missouri State Library, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced.
Mid-Continent received a Summer Library Program grant for $10,453, and both library systems received a Technology Mini Grant – MCPL for $4,498 and Kansas City Public Library for $4,274.
Mid-Continent's first grant will be used to conduct a 10-week summer program for patrons of all ages from May through July. During the program, MCPL will have an outreach effort geared for high-risk children, their parents and other caregivers using the library's Reading Rocket mobile unit.
The technology grant will provide an interactive tablet, at the North Independence branch's Children's Literacy Center, that can operate in an easel or tabletop form.
Kansas City Public Library's technology grant will be used to raise awareness of its electronic collection at its Plaza branch by adding e-collection online public access catalogs in the stack area.
Both types of grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. In the 2017 fiscal year, the Missouri State Library has approved 89 grant applications to distribute $718,229 in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.