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Chicago Public Library Receives $1 Million Grant From Gates Foundation

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Mayor Emanuel has announced a $1 million grant from the Gates Foundation which is designed to help move the Chicago Public Library into the future with more technology.

Chicago Public Library Receives $1 Million Grant From Gates Foundation

This grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will - in Mayor Emanuel's words - help move the Chicago Public Library from the back of the bus - technologically speaking - to the front.

"A year ago we had, literally, computers with no software. Today we're on the cutting edge of how to integrate technology into making a community library all that more accessible 24/7, 52 weeks a year."

The first phase of the $1 million grant is going into a maker lab which will let people experiment with 3-D software, 3-D printing and other emerging technology.

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