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Anoka County Library Receives Grant

Date: Dec 15th, 2012

Anoka County Library, in conjunction with community partners, is the proud recipient of a Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) $117,389 grant for a project called “Anoka County Library on the Go.”  Through this project, Anoka County Library and its partners will be expanding access to both traditional and electronic library services to under-served residents.  The grant will allow Anoka County Library to place a variety of kiosk services throughout Anoka County.  Partners in “Anoka County Library on the Go” are the cities of Andover and Ramsey, Andover YMCA, Youth First, and Anoka-Hennepin School District.

“Literacy in both print and electronic formats will be vital for the future success of our children,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.  “This grant will introduce e-books and library services to kids who have not had access to them before.”

A variety of library kiosk services will be provided at the City Center in Ramsey, the Andover Community Center and YMCA, Anoka-Hennepin School District’s University Avenue Elementary School, and the Mississippi Branch Library.  Services will include a discovery station for e-books, e-book readers for students, a tablet dispenser, a locker system to pick-up and return reserved library materials, and a book vending machine.

“This is just another example of how Anoka County Library is embracing the future while providing the kinds of service our residents need today,” said Library Board liaison, Commissioner Jim Kordiak.  “We are utilizing the generosity of our community partners to reach more residents while making it more convenient for current library patrons.”

For more information, call 763-785-3695 or visit your local library or the website at

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning; in conjunction with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, which administers federal LSTA grants; supports the LSTA project sponsored by Anoka County Library and its partners.