Golden, IL— The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) recently named Greater West Central Public Library as a recipient of its 2018 grant in support of advancing quality of life and enabling economic development in rural America. The $5,000 award allows the library to obtain updated technology in order to expand services to meet patron’s needs.
Pam Leffringhouse, Adams Schools and Libraries Coordinator, originated the grant application process with the library and worked closely with the staff to determine what technology the community would benefit from most. After prioritization, it was determined that replacing two desktop computers at four library locations and one at another, plus obtaining five iPads would greatly benefit patrons by providing access to the latest, most reliable technology available so they can gain skills and have endless possibilities that resonate well beyond the library walls.
Jim Broemmer, CEO, states, “As a rural telecommunications provider Adams has taken a strong position in supporting our local rural libraries and schools that support our cooperative members, non-members and those residents in surrounding communities. Education and working with institutions such as libraries has been a core focus of Adams. It was our pleasure to initiate this grant application process with the library, and we are excited that the library was chosen as a recipient. With five locations spread over so many square miles serving almost 5,000 people, the many Greater West Central Public Library patrons and their communities will benefit from this award for several years to come.”
Only eleven other institutions across the nation were chosen to receive similar grants from the FRS. “The Foundation for Rural Service is honored to highlight and support these inspiring communities,” said Jessica Golden, FRS executive director. “This year’s grant winners are exemplars of the innovation, orientation towards public service and dedication to hard work that can be found throughout rural America. The foundation extends heartfelt congratulations to all our applicants, whose collaboration and insight are improving the quality of life in their respective communities.”