KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville Public Library has received a $5,000 grant through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the State Library of Iowa.

The monies will be used to expand programming services outside the building with outdoor furniture and a surveillance system for added security.

The library will also purchase additional audiovisual equipment for the community room to enable virtual programming.

Director Thompson says, “We plan for more hybrid programming in the future, both in-person and on-line. This opens up a lot of possibilities.” A portable voice amplifier will be used for outdoor programs such as Story Times in the Park, as well as indoors.

The grant is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) as administered by the State Library of Iowa.

For more information, contact Roslin Thompson at 641-828-0585 or email

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