The Lexington Public Library will triple its mobile computer lab program with an $82,0000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The money will allow two more labs to augment the one already operating. Each lab has 10 computers. A trainer travels with the lab, teaching people how to use the computers and then allowing them to do such things as applying for jobs online.
"People are needing job-search skills, but they also need the skills to fill out applications online," said Ruthie Maslin, director of the library's outreach programs. "Those are skills that seem self-evident to us, but for people who don't have computer skills, they're not going to be able to make that connection."
The Lexington grant is part of $3.3 million in library grants from the Knight Foundation in 12 cities across the country. The foundation operates in cities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers.