Markham PL: See their Instagram video here

markhamlibrary “We’re here for you, Markham See their Instagram video here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAq153ajznv/?igshid=vfqbw6qagum6 We are facing an unprecedented time in history. We know the challenges you are going through. Although our branches are closed, the library isn’t. We are working hard to help our City stay strong and keeping Markham residents connected. Visit www.markhampubliclibrary.ca to find out how you can enjoy MPL’s...

Free Internet Connectivity Kits from the Library provide vital connection for some of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents

Free Internet Connectivity Kits from the Library provide vital connection for some of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents May 26, 2020 https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/news_releases/2020/05/free-internet-connectivity-kits-from-the-library-provide-vital-connection-for-some-of-torontos-most-.html “Toronto Public Library (TPL), in partnership with Renewed Computer Technology and with support from the Toronto Public Library Foundation, recently launched its Internet Connectivity Kit program. The initiative provides vital connections for some of our city’s most vulnerable residents by equipping them with a free laptop and WiFi hotspot with four months of unlimited data. Participants will keep the laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot at the end of the program. The library plays an important role in providing residents with equitable access to technology and internet connectivity across its network of 100 branches. But while branches are closed, residents without home internet access or limited data plans are unable to access online information or government programs, support their family’s education or employment needs, or connect socially with their families or friends. The Internet Connectivity Kit program supports vulnerable residents, including those who are newcomers or with low income identified by community partners as having a critical need for internet connectivity and access to a computer. “We’re thrilled, but not surprised, by the incredibly thankful and positive response we’ve received from recipients and community partners to this program,” says City Librarian Vickery Bowles. “It really highlights a key gap and the growing digital divide in this city, especially among those most in need among us.” The Internet Connectivity Kit program was developed in partnership with Renewed Computer Technology (RCT), and in consultation with the City’s COVID-19 Community Coordination Plan to ensure recipients are referred from community agencies responsible for identifying...