State Library Named Finalist For A $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Project

TRENTON – The New Jersey State Library and New Jersey Library Association are finalists for a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Project.

New Jersey residents can help them bring the latest technology to their libraries by voting for the project at  The goals of the program are to distribute 150 “Technology-Catch-Up” sets to New Jersey public libraries in order to offer access to the newest technology to everyone.


The “Technology Catch-Up” sets will include an iPad, a Kindle, a Nook, and a Flip Ultra Camcorder. This will offer access to the newest in technology, for free, through public libraries aiming to help erase the digital divide by enabling economically disadvantaged individuals to learn about the latest in technology. The project’s goals also include helping the unemployed by teaching them about these new tools, and helping parents feel as comfortable using this new technology as their “digital native” children.

To vote for the project, registration at the site is required. Those registered may vote once a day, every day, through Jan. 31.

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