During the pandemic, when students and adults needed internet access at home, Redwood City Library Foundation’s Bridging the Digital Divide initiative provided hotspots with paid data plans available for checkout from the library. Here’s what Secundino Zuno, who partners with his wife Ninfa to run the Familias Unidas program, said:
“Access to wi-fi hotspots provided by the library has a tremendous positive impact for the families of the United through Education/Familias Unidas community. During the pandemic, many of the low-income families that we serve were grateful for the hotspots which allowed them to access the internet and the chance to support their children’s schoolwork. This initiative gave these families the opportunity to distribute their income to needs other than technology during a very difficult time.”
Even now at least 90% of the library hotspots are checked out at any given time. The Digital Divide initiative also supports the laptop kiosk, which will soon be getting an upgrade. We need your continued support for this program.