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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.

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