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New Jersey State Library Awards
West New York Public Library
Gates Staying Connected Grant


Money will help maintain public access to Internet at the library.

The West New York Public Library is pleased to announce it has received a $4,500 grant from the State Library funded by the Gates Foundation that will help the library provide Internet access to residents of the town of West New York.

The Gates Foundation identified the West New York Public Library as one of 49 libraries in the state eligible to apply for the grant, which is administered by the State Library. Each eligible library had to submit an application for review by the State Library in order to obtain the grant. Use of the money is specifically limited to “help identify computer security issues” which cause Internet connectivity problems and to provide at least one computer for public access in the selected libraries.

“Helping to span the digital divide that threatens to isolate some communities is one role the State Library can play, and we are glad to have this money from the Gates Foundation to assist local public libraries in giving Internet access to all New Jersey residents”, said State Librarian Norma E. Blake.

“We are pleased to get this support from the Gates Foundation and the State Library that will help to continue Internet access for our patrons at the library. This is particularly important for those people in our community who don’t have Internet access at home”, said Weliang Lai, Library Director.

Director of the Library Development Bureau, Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer said, “This grant is the latest in a series of grants provided to state library agencies by the Gates Foundation, and it is yet another indication of the tangible support provided by the Foundation in their mission to eradicate the digital divide”.

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