Comcast grant buys more hours, computers for Aurora libraries

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AURORA | A computer lab designed to offer Internet and library access to low-income northern Aurora residents will be open longer and have more computers, city officials said this week.

The longer hours and equipment will be funded by a $35,000 grant provided by Comcast. The Internet and entertainment company announced several metro area grants along with Aurora’s on March 4.

The computer lab, located in a Kmart near the corner of East Colfax Avenue and Chambers Road, offers access to nearby low-income families.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Comcast to add extended hours at our new computer center and add more library computers for the growing number of customers,” said Patti Batement, director of Library and Cultural Services for the City of Aurora, in a statement. “Part of any public library’s mission is to connect people with access to information.”

The money will allow the computer lab to open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The lab is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The grant will also cover additional computers at the Colfax and Chambers location, Hoffman Heights library and at Martin Luther King, Jr. library.