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Library makes several updates

By DAWN HANKINS - dhankins@t-g.com
Posted 5/28/22

Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library has 12 new computers. This is the first time since 1996, that the library has had uniformity in its computer lab, according to staff.  

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Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library has 12 new computers. This is the first time since 1996, that the library has had uniformity in its computer lab, according to staff.  

An American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant for around $20,000 helped get the new computers, according to Margaret Petty, assistant library director.  

The library had to put up a 20% match, which amounted to about $6,000.  

In addition to the new lab computers, staff received new computers through this grant. The card catalog section will inherit the used computers.  

Petty said the library has funds available from local Wine Walk proceeds—those which are being used to purchase new desks.  

Petty said normal tech grants come with a 50% match. She said the library is hoping to update the bookmobile, which serve daycares, with those dollars.  

“With this one, being only a 20% match, this was a great chance,” Petty explained. “We ended up with 20 brand new computers, total, and then two new laptops for two staff members.”  

She said if COVID were to shut down the library again, the staff will be able to work more efficiently at home now.  

Though funded annually through the City and County, matching contributions to grants are required to come from SBCPL operating funds.  

Through the ARPA grant, the library will be redesigning its website. 

“This is the first time we’ve had a professional; we’re excited,” said Petty.  

On the heels of the pandemic, the library struggled to find computers. But they’re finally here and Petty says the staff is very excited about how they will benefit patrons and staff. More library programs and updates are on the horizon, she added with a smile.  

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