Media Release:

For Immediate Release

Date: 2/18/2022

Contact: Deborah Kean, Director – Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library, 812-735-2317

Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library Awarded ARPA Grant

Bicknell – Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library has received a grant in the amount of $16,116, which will be used to upgrade our microfiche machine, including a number of software upgrades, that allow easier access to old records we have on film. It will also go towards installing library security and WIFI extenders.

“When I accepted the position of library director January 4, 2010, I also took on a huge challenge presented to me by the library board president. To ‘Get us out of the horse and buggy days.’ Today’s demand to collect, process, and disseminate information both quickly and accurately has placed a large responsibility on the public library community to keep abreast with advances in technology. I feel Technology and Genealogy Upgrades to be very worthy of grant fund assistance.” – Deborah Kean, Director.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

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