Pikes Peak libraries to receive part of grant money

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The Pikes Peak Library District is one of 76 community library districts throughout the state to benefit from a $3.3 million grant to add more computers and Internet services to the state’s libraries.

In Colorado, the money will pay for 692 laptop computers, 451 desktop computers and 69 computer stations for the disabled.

The money comes from a combination of stimulus money and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Participating communities were selected based on a formula that examined poverty, ethnicity and current public computer access. Along with computers, the grant will increase public training on computer use, job skills, health resources, e-government and education.