The cable company Comcast on Friday announced that it has given a $5,000 grant to the Hartford Public Library’s YOUmedia initiative.
The library is creating the “digital learning center for teenagers” using only private funds, said the library’s CEO, Matthew K. Poland.
“Only around 30 percent of Hartford residents, or less, have regular access to the Internet,” Poland said. “These residents mostly connect at the library. In such an interconnected world, providing such resources proves necessary.”
The Hartford library’s center, when completed, will allow young adults to use computers to create and edit music, film, art, games, and graphic designs.
The center is expected to cost around $1 million to operate over its first three years, with about half of that amount raised to date by private fundraising that began in January. Construction has not yet begun, but the center is expected to open in April 2013 on the library’s second floor with a seven-person staff and enough computers to handle about 50 teens at a time.
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