Broadband Internet access is becoming more and more important in the daily life of individuals and business operations. A group of Grinnell community leaders are hoping to improve access to reliable, high-speed broadband service through participation in the Connect Iowa Community Engagement program.
The first step is to gather information for a community assessment of our current access, adoption and use of broadband related services. An online survey has been created for this purpose at www.tinyurl.com/GrinnellBroadband
Before we can plan for broadband needs in the future, we first must have a thorough understanding of where we are today. By answering four questions, business and organization representatives can help with the assessment. Information will then be used to create a plan for the future.
For more information on this project, contact Library Systems Administrator Monique Shore. Other community members involved in this project are Angela Harrington (Grinnell Chamber), Brian Megel (B3 Technology), Monica Chavez-Silva (Grinnell College), and Todd Reding (Forescend, Inc.).
The Library Board of Trustees has launched a capital campaign to raise $90,000 to implement a landscaping design plan for the library grounds — a plan that will incorporate the best of our established prairie plantings with professionally landscaped beds and low impact features to produce a sustainable and inviting environment for all.
Thanks to funding from Friends of DCL, we now provide Mango Languages as an online learning resource. Mango is free of charge to all library card holders and is an easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.
ADDED BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Through a collaboration with Grinnell College you have the opportunity to connect with a native speaking “conversation partner” for many of the languages. To sign up for a language partner, email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.