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HCCF Grant Helps Spiceland Library to Relocate
March 21, 2007 - After being displaced from their building with their computer system nearing a fatal crash, the Spiceland Library received a ray of hope in the form of a $2,500 grant from the Henry County Community Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund. The Spiceland Library has most recently made the headlines due to being displaced from its building because the north wall of the adjacent building collapsed. The library has been temporarily relocated at the Spiceland Elementary School. On top of the mounting building concerns, the library’s current computer used for main library information reached its full capacity for material cataloging. The computer could not even accept the most recent software program updates.
Library Assistant, Donna Young explained, “We were in a desperate situation. The main computer was outdated, overloaded, and non-functional in many aspects.” The Foundation grant enabled the library to purchase a much needed new computer for library book cataloging, patron information storage and all record keeping as well as two computers for patron usage. Young declared, “This grant has allowed us to expand.” Spiceland Library Board member, Dawn Mogg affirmed, “One tremendous upgrade is this is the first time we have had new patron computers. All past patron computers were older donated computers that had to be refurbished.”
The Spiceland Library also has a new face, Librarian Brenda Baldauf, who joined the staff November 30, 2006. At this time, the library staff is pleased to install the three new computers and update their cataloging software before they had a complete loss on their old computer. In the future, the library staff hopes to be able to provide Spiceland Township residents with the means to access the Internet for job searches, research, resume building, and educational programming.
Spiceland Elementary first grader, Ryan Mogg exclaimed, “It looks really great!” when asked how he likes the new flat screen library computer monitor. He added, “I want to come down here (library) a thousand times because of the computers.”
Many people are working hard to continue to provide library resources to Spiceland Township, please stop by the Spiceland Public Library in the Spiceland Elementary School at 408 W. Main St., meet the new Librarian Mrs. Baldauf, and check out the new patron computers with flat screen monitors. The Spiceland Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To find how you can enhance the lives of Henry County residents and sustain the future of long-standing non-profit organizations like local libraries, please visit the Henry County Community Foundation at 700 S. Memorial Drive in New Castle, go to www.henrycountycf.org, or call 765-529-2235. The Foundation has some wonderful limited time donor opportunities to kick off the New Year so contact the Foundation to discuss planned gift options for 2007. The Henry County Community Foundation, Inc. serves all citizens of Henry County for good, forever; and you can too.
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