Cornelius Public Library services are expanding.

Thanks to a $7,500 grant and 10 refurbished laptops from Nike, the library staff plans to bring their computer classes outside the library walls and expand their collection of e-readers and e-books as well as replace outdated computers.

The grant money from the Walters Family Foundation will be put toward a $25,000 project, which includes buying new computers compatible with the library’s software, and purchasing tablets and e-readers stocked with e-books for patrons to borrow.

Nike donated 10 renovated laptops, which the library’s Latino outreach interns are already finding uses for. According to Library Director Karen Hill, they’ve contacted Fred Meyer officials about setting up a computer table where library staff would help customers with basic computer skills such as setting up email accounts and checking Facebook pages.

Library staff already teach a beginning computer skills class every Thursday night in English and Spanish.

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