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Shepherdstown library receives computer grant

July 04, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherdstown Public Library has received a $1,793 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to upgrade computers previously granted by the foundation, West Virginia Library Commission officials announced.

The grant will allow the library to sustain free, high quality access to computers and the Internet for patrons.

"It's very important for libraries to be able to provide this," said Hali Taylor, director of the Shepherdstown library. "This keeps us very state of the art."

Millions of Americans rely on library computers for research, distance-learning classes, health information and communicating with family and friends. "Computer use and Internet access are key services for library patrons," said J.D. Waggoner, West Virginia Library Commission executive director.

Taylor said some people may have been critical of how Bill Gates accumulated his wealth, but she believes the Foundation's support was remarkable.

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"I'm sure happy with the way he's spending it," she said.

Aside from the anticipated computer upgrades, Taylor said renovations to the building, including an elevator and bathroom in the library for disabled individuals, are planned.

"We're small, but we're extremely active," Taylor said.

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