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Midco Invests $90K in the Library’s Computer Lab

Noting the importance of education, as well as the value of a vibrant public library, Midco has awarded $90,000 to the Lawrence Public Library’s computer lab.

The money will be used to update the lab computers and the software used throughout the library over the next six years.

“Computer and internet access is something we all have come to depend on. However, a good number of our patrons do not have a computer or access to the internet at home, so they depend on the library to connect to the wider world,” said Kathleen Morgan, Director of Development and Community Partnerships. “They use the computers to apply for benefits, look for and apply for jobs or simply to find out what’s happening in the world around them.”

Midco’s gift has already allowed the library to replace all of the computers and monitors in the computer lab. In addition, the library has purchased new Chromebooks for patrons to check out and use in the library. Looking ahead, the library plans to update the computers just outside the computer lab as well as in the children’s department and teen zone.

“Lawrence Public Library depends on private gifts to supplement and strengthen the public’s investment in the library,” said Morgan. “Midco’s generous gift will make it possible for the library to keep its technology up-to-date for the community. We are humbled by Midco’s generosity.”

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About Midco

Founded in 1931, Midco is the leading provider of internet and networking, cable TV, phone, data center and managed services, home automation and advertising services in the Midwest. More than 380,000 residential and business customers count on Midco services in 342 communities in Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Midco will deliver advanced gigabit internet technology to most customers by the end of 2017. Visit Midco.com to learn more about Midco and how the company gives back to the communities it serves.

Teaching Teachers

On Tuesday, July 12 from 9:30-1:45, we’re hosting an educational day in the Auditorium for teachers looking to integrate computer science into their curriculum.

Teaching Computer Science Fundamentals presents the basics of computer science and you’ll leave with ideas for teaching these basics to students. Bring your laptop or iPad, and eat free pizza!

Registration required. Questions? Email Melissa.

Image courtesy of Huffington Post.

Raspberry Pi Projects

On Wednesday, June 22 from 7-8 PM, we’re meeting in the Auditorium to explore projects you can build using the inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer platform. All ages welcome!

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. Raspberry Pi makes learning to program and understanding how computers work fun.

SOURCE with video: raspberrypi.org