Construction began December 12, 2002, on a new computer lab on the 2nd floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, using funding from a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The lab opened January 27, 2003.
The lab replaces the 1st floor Internet computers and the basement word processing computers, and enables BMPL staff to teach computer classes in the library.
Library staff receive orientation training on the lab's new computers.
Opening Day of the Lab:
January 27, 2003
Library Director Carol Connor welcomes patrons and staff to the 12 station computer lab.
5 CityTV (cable channel 5) and KOLN/KGIN (Channel 10/11) covered the event for the local news media.
Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission, speaks on computer lab's impact.
Patrons line up to be the first users of the lab.