Wichita’s planned Advanced Learning Library is getting a $500,000 boost from Cox Communications, which on Thursday pledged $250,000 cash and about three year’s worth of free gigabit-speed fiber internet service.
The cash will go toward building the new library’s “digital pavilion” for accessing online resources and Cox is providing an in-kind gift of $250,000 worth of internet service, said Coleen Jennison, Cox market vice president for Kansas.
The gift to the Wichita Library Foundation was announced at a City Hall news conference.
Faster (Internet) speeds are millennial magnets. This library is going to provide a significant quality-of-life difference for all ages.
Don Barry, Wichita Library Foundation chairman
“Faster (Internet) speeds are millennial magnets,” foundation chairman Don Barry said. “This library is going to provide a significant quality-of-life difference for all ages.”
The new library is planned for a site near Second and McLean and will replace the aging and technologically outdated downtown library a few blocks away.
“This project helps bridge the digital divide that exists for some in our community,” Jennison said in a statement. “We are proud to partner with the Wichita Public Library Foundation and the city of Wichita to make this worthy project a reality.”
The foundation has so far raised about $6.2 million toward its goal of $8 million in private money to augment the city's $30 million investment in the project.