The Adams County Library was recently awarded three grants by the North Dakota State Library. Library Director LaNae Kristy said the library is always looking for more ways to interact with the community and that these grants will help in its outreach endeavors.
The first grant will allow the library to facilitate six Internet training classes for the public’s benefit. The classes will be hosted at the library every fourth Wednesday of every month starting in January. There, expert presenters will help people navigate Google apps like Google Docs, Google Drive, and Google Slides. Kristy said the classes will cover “all that Google has to offer.”’
“We are pretty excited about these classes,” said Kristy. “We are going to host the classes by topic, and whoever interested in that topic can come.”
Both the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce and the local library applied for the Google training grant with the intention of benefiting anyone that uses the Internet in a work setting.
The second grant, a $2000 collection development grant, will allow the Adams County Library to buy more physical books. The library intends to use the funds to update their non-fiction children’s department. Because Hettinger Public School has such a good library, said Kristy, the Adams County Library’s non-fiction children’s department is out of date.
“37 years is the average age of the books in the non-fiction children’s department,” she said.
The third grant will allow the library to streamline their Internet infrastructure. Tech workers from the North Dakota State Library will rewire the Internet and computer systems.
“The library is an old building, and we have a spaghetti mess of wires,” said Kristy. “Getting the building rewired will really help us work with and adjust our computer systems.”
In addition to the three grants, the library also received a $500 gift from the Adams County Friends of the Library and Clothes Closet. Kristy said the gift will help the library support Monday and Tuesday kid’s activities.
“For these activities, we provide snacks, glue, construction paper, wiggly eyes – All that stuff costs money and it goes fast,” said Kristy. “That was a really great gift because we can continue providing fun projects for lots of kids.”
Overall, Kristy said to keep an eye out for future activities and events going on at the library.
“There’s always something going on,” she said. “The more people that walk through the door, the better.