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Alliant Energy Foundation awards $1,000 grant to Mason City Public Library

Dollars will be used to expand the library’s collection of electronic books and reference materials

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – September 6, 2012 – The Alliant Energy Foundation has provided a $1,000 Community Grant to the Mason City Public Library as part of its second 2012 grant cycle. The funding will be utilized to help expand the collection of electronic books, audio books and reference materials offer on-line twenty-four hours a day for Mason City and Cerro Gordo residents.

“One of the primary objectives of the Alliant Energy Foundation is to support educational initiatives for people of all ages,” said Julie Bauer, Alliant Energy Foundation Executive Director. “We are pleased to provide a grant to the Mason City Public Library to make available more on-line materials, which ultimately makes the library assessable to even more area residents.”

The overall project to increase the size of the electronic collections is budgeted at about $20,000 for the year. It will add information and entertainment in a variety of formats including print resources of fiction and non-fiction, e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-services such as Tumblebooks and Tumble Add-ons for children.

“With more and more people having e-readers, tablets and laptops, the demand for electronic resources has soared,” said Mary Markwalter, Mason City Public Library Director. “We appreciate the grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation as we work toward doubling or even tripling the digital resources we have available at the library.”

The Alliant Energy Foundation Community Grants Program awarded $335,000 in grants during its second grant cycle this year, bringing the year-to-date total to over $750,000 provided to more than 400 non-profit organizations and communities so far. The deadline for the final grant cycle this year is September 15. The online application is available at www.alliantenergy.com/foundation.

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