Missouri libraries to get nearly $1M in Gates Foundation grants

Friday, July 17, 2009 | 10:04 a.m. CDT

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced about $956,000 in grants aimed at helping public libraries in Missouri improve free computer access.

The grants announced Thursday are to pay for computer hardware updates at about 120 libraries in Missouri. Ten other states also received grants totaling $6.5 million.

Libraries would need to find matching local dollars to qualify for the grants. And library staff would be required to participate in a professional development conference offered by the Public Library Association.

Libraries eligible for the grants are throughout the state and include several branches in St. Louis County, Barry County, Camden County and Lawrence County.


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