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Libraries seek "bailout" funds

The Vermont Department of Libraries has submitted an application for $601,753 in Federal grant funds from the taxpayer funded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program for Public Computing Centers.

According to Martha Reid, state librarian, the BTOP grant awards will be announced in November.

"If we get this grant, thousands of Vermonters will have access to free computer training at a variety of locations around the state and four of our busiest public libraries will be able to purchase additional computers for public use," Reid said.

Partnering with the Vermont State Colleges (VSC), the Department of Libraries designed a proposal that would use funds to enhance public computing centers in the public libraries in Brattleboro, Burlington, Lyndon and Rutland and to provide over 10,000 hours of free computer training classes for the public at VSC and public library locations throughout the state.

The VSC includes Castleton State College, Lyndon State College, Johnson State College, Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont. .

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