Grant upgrades Kenai library computers

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2003

KENAI (AP) -- Kenai Community Library patrons will have newer, faster computers later this year, courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The foundation provides funding for computers in public libraries across the country on a state-by-state basis.

The Kenai library received $16,895 of the Alaska grant. The money will be used to purchase four new public access computers, a server and new software.

''It's going to be very useful,'' said library director Ewa Jankowska. ''What we have right now is much, much slower.''

The grant stipulates what kind of computers -- in this case, Gateways -- and software are purchased.

''They tell us what to buy and where to buy it from,'' Jankowska said. ''We get what they will assign to us.''

Jankowska estimated the computers will be available for public use this summer.

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