The Calhoun County Library has received a $910 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to upgrade computers previously granted by the foundation. The grant will allow the library to sustain free, high quality access to computers and the internet for library patrons.

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. "It is critical that libraries provide the resource necessary to sustain these services so West Virginia citizens can access the information needed to live engaged, successful lives."

The grant is part of the foundation's U.S. Library Program, which supports the efforts of public libraries to offer free access to computers, the internet, and digital information in communities throughout the United States. Due to technology advances, upgrades to the software and hardware are now required to ensure that all libraries are able to sustain their initial investments in public access computers and internet connectivity for their patrons.

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