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New Rochelle launches upgraded computer center


High speed broadband service will be available on all computer terminals at the New Rochelle Public Library, courtesy of federal stimulus money.

At noon on Monday, the library is launching a New York Computer Center, which it describes an “extensive” new layer to its services “designed to help patrons find and keep job.” The event will feature the ribbon-cutting for a new computer lab. All aspects of NRPL’s PCC will be fully operational on Monday, library officials said.

The library is one of 35 libraries in New York state — and the only one in the local region — to receive this funding. The upgraded center will be known as a  Public Computer Center broadbandexpress@yourlibrary and it will receive $244,000 over the next two years to make it all possible.

This grant is made possible by the New York State Library, a unit of the Office of Cultural Education within the New York State Education Department (NYSED), which was awarded $9.5 million in a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to expand computer access in public libraries across New York State, the library announced. The funding comes from  the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

With this upgrade the New Rochelle Public Library will be able to increase  the public’s access to high speed broadband services, expand services to  vulnerable populations (unemployed, underemployed or other vulnerable populations, including non-English speakers, seniors, disabled) by providing technical support and other resources to those seeking  job assistance, computer training and better computer and literacy skills.

The boardband will allow the library to offer  more computer programs, training and promotional materials in Spanish and other languages, and to install specific programs and equipment to facilitate computer use by disabled patrons.

“In general, the grant is allowing NRPL to again redefine itself by adding a whole layer of programs, services and technology geared to the current economic times and social needs those times have fueled,” said Barbara Davis, the library’s Community Relations Coordinator.

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