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Mid-York Library System and Utica Public Library investing $744,464 toward computer centers

By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Mid-York Library System and the Utica Public Library announced Tuesday that they have received a combined $744,464 worth of American Recovery and Reconstruction Act funds - money that will go toward brand new computer centers, one of which will be mobile.

Director of the Utica Public Library Darby O'Brien says computer classes are popular at the library. People use the computers for several different reasons, including job searches, O'Brien said.

"We think it is very important, because not only will we get increased computers, but increased broadband access capabilities so we can be able to access more things on the internet," O'Brien said. "The other thing we will be able to do is hire more people."

O'Brien says the grant will also allow the Utica Public Library to stay open seven days a week and hire a teacher dedicated to teaching computer classes.

The Mid-York Library System will run the mobile computer station, O'Brien added. The mobile station will serve Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties, traveling to different libraries throughout those counties.

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