For Immediate Release

November 6, 2000

CCPL&IC Selected for
Gates Foundation Grant

Fayetteville, NC- Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center (CCPL&IC) has been awarded a Gates Foundation Grant of $162,000 to add new computers to all CCPL&IC locations and to establish a computer-training lab at the Headquarters Library.

Eligibility for Library Program Grants from the Gates Foundation is determined by the percentage of population in poverty that is served by a library building. The population served by that building determines the number of computers that a library is eligible to receive. The Headquarters Library was the recipient of a Partial Library Building Training Lab Grant, which includes 10 computers, one instructor's computer, and one printer. North Regional Branch Library was awarded a Six-Computer Grant while all other CCPL&IC branches were awarded the Four-Computer Grant. The Law Library, located in the Cumberland County Courthouse, received a Two-Computer Grant.

Representatives from all CCPL&IC locations will attend a special "Before Your Computer Arrives" training workshop, to be held at the Holiday Inn at I-95, Fayetteville, NC, on Friday, December 1.

Topics for the workshop include: grant implementation; technical support; introduction to hardware and software included with the Gates Library Computers; planning considerations for training labs in library buildings; and leveraging and sustaining technology in the library.

CCPL&IC was awarded a Gates Foundation Opportunity Grant in February 1998 for $36,300 to install 13 public access network computers at the Headquarters Library.

The Gates Library Foundation was established in June 1997 by Bill and Melinda Gates to partner with public libraries to provide access to computers, the Internet, and digital information to patrons in low-income communities in the United States.

For more information, contact Amanda L. Crabtree, Public Information Coordinator, by phone at 483-1580 ext. 119 or by email at