Wood Library loans portable WiFi hotspots to the public to ensure that everyone in the community has access to information and the digital resources necessary for learning, living, and working in the modern world. Wood Library’s hotspot program is an easy, low-cost way to close the digital divide in our community.
The portable WiFi hotspots are typically used by families and library patrons who do not have internet access at home, or who have limited data plans. The lending program gives students, parents, teachers and families working and studying remotely, access to a free and reliable internet connection. Some patrons also borrow them when traveling which is especially helpful for those who do not have unlimited data plans.
Currently, Wood Library owns 12 hotspots that can be borrowed for up to one week at a time. The hotspots have been checked out 191 times in 2021.
Wood Library’s portable WiFi hotspot program has been in place for 6 years. At first, we loaned hotspots to students at Canandaigua Academy and the Canandaigua Middle School only. Those early hotspots were funded by NYS grant. Later, we secured funding from the Pioneer Library System and individual donors to add to the number of hotspots that were available to students. In 2019, we turned over the hotspots and management of the student-focused hotspot program to the Canandaigua School District. That same year, we applied for and received a grant from the United Way to purchase 10 new hotspots and data plans which were made available to all library patrons. These hotspots are in heavy demand and now need to be replaced.
In 2021, our ROCtheDay goal is $18,096 which will fund 12 new hotspots and 12-month data plans to replace the aging units we now own.
Wood Library’s hotspot program provides free, secure, reliable, high-speed internet access to anyone who has a library card. The hotspots can be used with phones, laptops, chrome books, and other personal digital devices. Multiple devices can be connected at one time, making this an especially attractive option for families.
Even though Wood Library offers free public internet access in our building, the computers are in high demand and have time limits. People can also take advantage of our external WiFi access points which offer free internet access anywhere on library property. The challenge is that some people cannot easily get to the library – and it isn’t always convenient to sit outside the building for hours at a time to work on homework or a project.
Wood Library’s portable WiFi hotspot program addresses an ongoing critical need in our community. Please make a donation on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, and help us purchase new hotspots for the public. Thank you!
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