Four Star Public Library District receives $5,000 grant for interactive whiteboard computer

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Pictured from left are Jim Broemmer, Adams CEO; Pam Leffringhouse, Adams schools and libraries coordinator, and Jill Lucey, Four Star Public Library director. | Photo courtesy of Adams Telephone Co.

GOLDEN, Ill. — The Foundation for Rural Service recently named Four Star Public Library District in Mendon as a recipient of its 2022 grant in support of a broad range of community projects across rural America – from providing new equipment to local students, expanding digital inclusion initiatives, creating telehealth spaces and supporting public safety.

The $5,000 award allowed the library to buy and install a ViewSonic interactive whiteboard computer in a new meeting/program room for the purpose of presenting library programs, trainings and community organizations’ meetings on a proven technological platform to engage participants and increase attendance at the library.

Pam Lefringhouse, Adams schools and libraries coordinator, originated the grant application process with Jill Lucey, Four Star Public Library director, to seek funding for the library district project. The award will allow the library to reaffirm itself as the community center for information, resources and interaction-impacting development of community engagement and learning initiatives to further improve patrons’ quality of life.

In a press release, CEO Jim Broemmer said, “Adams greatly prides itself on its tradition of assisting local, rural libraries and schools that support our cooperative members, non-members and those residents in the communities we serve. It was our distinct pleasure to initiate this grant application process with the Four Star Public Library District, and we are delighted they were chosen as a recipient. Area residents will benefit from this award for years to come.”

Only 31 other institutions across the nation were chosen to receive similar grants from the FRS.

“The community grant program is particularly exciting, because FRS multiplies the support NTCA members are already providing in their communities resulting in a larger impact for local schools and nonprofit organizations,” said Pam Becker, executive director of FRS.

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