The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced a donation of $6.5 million in grants to libraries in 11 states to provide for new computers and related software and equipment.

Wisconsin libraries are slated to receive $738,400 in grants, about $30,000 of which will go to Simmons, Northside and Uptown branches of the Kenosha Public Library.

“The grant is a wonderful kind of a thing,” said Lin Swartz-Truesdell, support services manager for the Kenosha Public Library.

Libraries receiving the grant were determined by the poverty and population of the areas they serve and the age of computers at those location.