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City Library Awarded Two Grants

The City Library was recently awarded two Library Services and Technology Act grants that totaled $86,866; the money is being utilized to broaden technology offerings for patrons as well as for the Library as a whole. The grants include:

• A Library Services and Technology grant of $83,991; these funds will be utilized to upgrade the Library’s security system to radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. RFID tags will enhance security and inventory controls of the Library’s collection, consisting of close to 150,000 items including print books, audiobooks, DVDs, Blu-rays and music CDS. The conversion to RFID will take place over several phases, starting with library staff retagging the entire collection.  This grant plays an integral role in ensuring the new Boynton Beach City Library, opening in 2020, will be outfitted with cutting-edge technology. The new building will feature RFID security gates along with three self-service kiosks.

• An Library Services and Technology Innovation grant of $2,875; these funds were utilized to purchase ten mobile HotSpots that offer free, unlimited Internet access to connect up to 10 devices.  The mobile units, which allow users to stay connected to the Internet on the go or at home, can be checked out by adult cardholders at the Library’s Customer Relations desk for a three week lending period.  The HotSpot lending program is one of many library card benefits that extend beyond books; a library card allows customers to stream movies, download music, learn over 100+ languages online and more. 

For additional information or to learn how to obtain a Boynton Beach City Library card, visit boyntonlibrary.org.

Press Contact:  Allison Killip, Marketing & Outreach Manager, Boynton Beach City Library, 561.742.6886 or killipa@bbfl.us.
 

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