Based on last year’s success and the desire for the continued safety of our donors, we invite you to participate in our 2nd annual Stay Home and Support the Library non-event to support the Take the Internet Home with You initiative. The Take the Internet Home with You initiative was launched in 2017 as an effort to bridge the digital divide for DeKalb County citizens who may not have home internet access. It enables a patron to check out a hotspot device for 21 days. Our goal is to increase the number of mobile hotspots available for checkout at DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL).
With help from donors such as you over the years, DCPL now offers more than 200 hotspots for checkout. The devices are always checked out and there is a need for more. Please consider a gift to help us reach our goal of $30,000 so that DCPL can add more than 60 devices to the circulation. An inventory of close to 275 devices would allow more than 3,600 patrons the opportunity to check out a device yearly.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed just how vast the digital gap is in our community. Patrons report to us they need this service now more than ever. The hotspots help them stay connected to school resources, search for jobs, access healthcare information, and remain connected to the world around them.
“We have been using the program for two years. If we didn’t have it, life would be unbearable. I have two school age sons. When the pandemic hit, we wouldn’t have been able to access school without it. I’m grateful that DeKalb County has this program.” – Zeta C.
“There are many of us out here that are underserved and the library helps to bridge this gap. What the library does is empowering. We depend on it. We are so thankful for all you do.” – Lelita T.
“I am a senior who is going back to college. The signal in my assisted living community isn’t very strong. I use the hotspot for research and video calls. I love the service.” – Barbara M.
Please think about what you are not spending on a formal fundraising event this year and consider making a donation to support this important initiative. Any amount is appreciated. The ones below help contribute to the long-term success of the program:
$1,000 will sponsor service for 1 hotspot for 2 years
$500 will sponsor service for 1 hotspot for 1 year
$250 will sponsor service for 1 hotspot for six months
Donations of $500 and above will qualify to have the donor’s name recognized on a hotspot case.
To participate, please make your contribution by September 30, 2021. Thank you for your generosity.