Samuels Public Library launches Laptop and Hot Spot Lending Program
Samuels Public Library this month launched its new Library Laptop and Hot Spot Lending Program designed to address the digital equity needs of the community now, during COVID, and beyond.
Digital equity is an ongoing challenge for some students and families in Warren County. Census records indicate that 10% of households in Warren County do not have computer access and nearly 20% of households in Warren County do not have internet access. Samuels Library has been addressing this program through its computer access program. However, the pandemic has cause normal locations that offer computer access and free Wi-Fi services to close or open only for limited hours.
The new lending program provides library users with access to brand new laptops and a T-Mobile hot spot for internet connection. Patrons can check out the pair for two weeks at a time.
In addition to the Library Laptop Hotspot Lending Program, Samuels Library also added Tutor.com to its growing list of digital resources in November. A nationally recognized online tutoring service that provides one-to-one academic and career support, Tutor.com is also available free to use to library cardholders.
“Samuels Library has been working diligently throughout the pandemic to ensure that Warren County residents have access to the information and resources they need,” said Library Director Michelle Ross in a news release. “These new programs are examples of how we are meeting needs today, and into the future, to enrich lives and build a stronger community.”
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