REED CITY -- The Reed City Area District Library was awarded a grant for $3,190 from the People Fund grant program administered through Great Lakes Energy.

Interim Director Jennifer Thorson said the funds were used to purchase eight new computers for the public use computer area.

"These computers are updated with Windows 10, because the previous computers had Windows 7 which is no longer supported," Thorson said. "During the COVID-19 closure, we have been working to get them set up, so they will be ready to go when we are able to open up again. Until we hear something more form the governor's office, we will remain closed to the public."

The library is currently closed until May 28 due to an executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Thorson said they are very grateful for the funds to help with this project, as it will be a great benefit to the community.

The People Fund grant program is supported by voluntary contributions of Great Lakes Energy customers who allow their electric bill to be rounded up to the next dollar each month.

"Cooperatives have a unique opportunity to have a significant impact in the communities they serve," said Great Lakes Energy President and CEO Bill Scott. "By allowing members to round up their bill, Great Lakes Energy serves as the conduit between them and their communities to have a positive and lasting impact."

Great Lakes Energy members can enroll in the People Fund by calling (888) 485-2537 or visiting gtlakes.com. All funds collected go toward grants.