The Allen County Public Library has received a $130,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to buy laptop computers to use in basic computer classes in Burmese, English and Spanish at five library branches.
Classes started last spring and continue through August. They consist of topics designed to help students succeed in today's world, including how to use a computer, write a resume and get a free e-mail address. Rosetta Stone language-learning software will help students learn English pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary on their own.
Classes are held at Hessen Cassel, 3030 E. Paulding Road; Little Turtle, 2201 Sherman Blvd.; Pontiac, 2215 S. Hanna St.; Shawnee, 5600 Noll Ave.; and Tecumseh, 1411 E. State Blvd.
The Knight Foundation was founded in 1950 by brothers John S. and James L. Knight. The foundation concentrates its local funding on the 26 U.S. communities, including Fort Wayne, where the late Knight brothers once had newspaper interests, such as The News-Sentinel.