Article Excerpt on LEID Products customer: Carver County earns national honor for their express library. See link at the end of the excerpt to read the entire Chaska Herald article.
The National Association of Counties (NACo), a national organization representing county governments across America, has awarded two Carver County programs with its 2011 Achievement Award.
Carver County’s “Victoria Express Library” and the Oak Grove City Center, a joint project with the City of Norwood Young America and the Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA), each earned recognition as effective and creative programs that demonstrate Carver County’s work to provide quality and efficient government, according to a Carver County press release.
NACo recognized the “Victoria Express Library” as an innovative pilot project that extends useful and cost-effective library services to the residents of Carver County. This project, the first of its kind in Minnesota, was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in cooperation with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, and was awarded to Carver and Washington County Libraries in 2009. The “Victoria Express Library” is located within the City of Victoria Recreation Center and provides citizens the ability to pick up and return library materials they have reserved using the library website: www.carverlib.org. Over 115 citizens utilized this express service between July and December 2010, prompting the Library to install a second “Express Library” location within the City of Cologne’s City Hall.
“Our communities are seeing substantial growth and we need to find solutions to meeting the demands of such growth. The Victoria Express Library provides increased access to services in a cost efficient manner and has been a tremendous success,” stated Carver County Board Chair Randy Maluchnik.