Carrollton Public Library Offers Wi-Fi Hotspots Thanks to State Grant
The Carrollton Public Library (CPL) recently received funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to further support CPL’s efforts in responding to COVID-19 closures and limitations by increasing digital inclusion throughout the community via mobile hotspots.
The grant, awarded in July, is provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CPL used the funding to purchase 40 mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices for circulation. The hotspots provide portable internet access for schoolwork, job hunting, and technical skill-building resources to patrons and can be linked to smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
"All community members have the right to digital resources like high-speed broadband that are essential for learning, working, and daily life," Library Director Jonathan Scheu said. “The Carrollton Public Library strives to provide barrier-free access to broadband, and the grant furthers that goal."
Residents 18 years old and older, in good standing with CPL, can check out a mobile hotspot device for one week from either Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) or Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane). Each Library currently has 20 hotspots available to check out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Scheu said even though the school districts have issued almost all students laptops or tablets, many families do not have internet access at home. Students are left to depend on local businesses, the schools, or the Library for Wi-Fi connectivity. Now residents can check out a hotspot device and have that much needed connection.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the many ways libraries are more essential than ever in meeting local needs to stay connected and informed," said Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and State Librarian. "We are grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the federal government for providing this assistance to libraries across Texas as they support their communities in these challenging times."
The purchase of the hotspots was made possible by a grant from the U.S. IMLS CARES Act grant (#LS-246561-OLS-20) to the TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2021)
“Carrollton residents will benefit tremendously from this funding,” Scheu said. “The Library looks forward to continuing the implementation of new programs and expanding existing resources supporting digital equity for all patrons.”
City-sponsored activities, community events, and classes for adults and children at both Carrollton Public Library locations are included in the September-December 2020 issue of Leisure Connections magazine. For a complete listing, visit cityofcarrollton.com/leisuremag.
For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.