Grand Rapids Public Library helps lend hot spots to families in need

Posted at 9:34 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 21:34:29-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public Library is helping provide mobile hot spots to families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

They’re partnering with five community organizations to lend the hot spots to families without internet access to help them navigate hybrid and distance learning, according to a news release.

Mobile hot spots can deliver strong, secure connections anywhere.

Community partners include HQ – Runaway & Homeless Youth Drop-in Center, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, The Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities – Cook Arts Center, Baxter Community Center and The Urban League.

“With the expansion of virtual education across the city due to COVID-19, it’s imperative that we confront the digital equity gap,” said Jessica Anne Bratt, youth services supervisor at GRPL. “Students without access to high-speed internet experience an immeasurable disadvantage during distance learning. Providing hot spots to neighborhoods with high need promotes equitable learning opportunities.”