Somers Public Library Is The Recipient Of A Charity Grant From The Iowa Network Services And A Supporting Grant From Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association.

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A fund raiser by the Somers Public Library located in Somers, IA has received two generous supporters for the purchase of more computers for the community’s patrons of the library. Iowa Network Services (INS) and Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association (WCCTA) presented checks to the library recently.

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“It is so important that we are able to provide easy access to computers for our patrons”, states Librarian Judy Harvey.

Computers have become a necessity in today’s daily living. For some individuals, a public library provides access to a computer to do various activities such as researching, submitting applications and other daily applications.

The Somers Public Library has been conducting a funding raising campaign to add new computers for their patrons to utilize. Librarian Judy Harvey applied for grants to Iowa Network Services and Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association and was successful in receiving their financial support.

“It is so important that we are able to provide easy access to computers for our patrons”, states Librarian Judy Harvey. “There are so many times that a computer is required in our daily lives and we are so proud to be able to provide them in our community.”

The INS Charity Grant Program is offered to more than 300 communities in Iowa served by 142 rural independent telephone companies. An independent Charity Grant Committee is responsible for evaluating the applications and establishing awarded dollar amounts awarded on a quarterly basis. There are no restrictions as to the type of charity; however, the program must benefit and be made available to everyone in the community. INS Charity Grant applications are available from Webster-Calhoun at the office in Gowrie or on the website at (click on products and services and look for additional services.)

Accepting the check from INS representative Kent Atha was Judy Harvey, Somers Public Library Librarian and Daryl Carlson, General Manager with WCCTA.

WCCTA also makes donations to help various projects within their 16 service area communities. The Somers Public Library fund raiser is an excellent opportunity to extend the communications services of WCCTA along with computers for the community.

In a separate check presentation, Library Board Members Candy Bilstad and Colleen Goodwin along with Librarian Judy Harvey proudly accepted the check from Marcie Boerner, Office Manager with WCCTA.

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association is located at 1106 Beek Street, Gowrie, IA 50543. It has a Fiber driven network and provides landline telephone, Internet and digital television service to the Iowa communities of Gowrie, Pilot Mound, Vincent, Thor, Churdan, Knierim, Somers, Barnum, Duncombe, Farnhamville, Badger, Clare, Moorland, Boxholm, Lanyon and Paton. Additional information is available by calling 515-352-3151 or visiting

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