Grant will help upgrade Hannibal library technology

Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 8:48 am Updated: Jun. 24, 2014 11:15 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal Free Public Library plans to replace outdated equipment -- including staff computers, barcode scanners and two wireless routers -- with a $15,248 technology grant it received through the Missouri secretary of state's office.

"This grant will allow Hannibal Free Public Library to continue to provide Missourians with outstanding resources," Secretary of State Jason Kander said in announcing the grant. "These resources combined with the hard work and dedication of Hannibal Free Public Library's staff help make Missouri libraries among the best in the nation."

The secretary of state's technology grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums.

In the 2014 fiscal year, the Missouri State Library, a division of the secretary of state's office, has approved 129 grant applications, distributing $1.4 million to libraries in the state.