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County Library receives four new computers through grant dollars

Librarian Alison Kattelmann poses with one of four new computers arrived September 18th and are already being used extensively. The Library Services and Technology Act provided $3,280 to purchase the four new computers, which have been named Helga, Inga, Mary and Edith. The Haakon County Public Library received the money through a grant proposal written by librarian Alison Kattelmann (pictured) when she recognized the need for more public access to computers. The four old computers are in storage until a future library facility offers more user space.

Librarian Alison Kattlemann applied for a Library Service and Technology Act grant through the South Dakota State Library. She was notified in mid-summer that the library had received a $3,280 grant.

With those grant dollars she was able to purchase four Dell, Dimension 1100, flat screen computers. The computers arrived in mid-September.

All four computers have been installed and are up and running. Kattleman noted since the computers were put in about three weeks ago, the number of computer patrons has risen by 50 percent.

Kattlemann noted they could use more computers as there is a need for them, especially after school. But she said there is no space to put additional computers at this time. Currently, during high traffic periods, users are limited to the time they can spend on the computer.

The new computers replace three older public access computers. These computers will be saved and used in the proposed new library.