Boone library offers new tech options, gears up for spring programs

Spring is in the air at the Ericson Public Library in Boone. There is not only a wide selection of events and programs for kids, teens and adults, but the library is also trying to do its part in filling the gap in the community’s access to technology.

The library has recently begun offering Wi-Fi hotspots and eReaders for checkout. You can have the hotspot for one week at a time with the option of two renewals, while eReaders can be taken for two weeks plus two renewals.

“We’re really trying to provide more digital equity in the community, so we came up with this initiative,” said Library Director Jamie Williams. “In Boone, 19% of households don’t have broadband access. The Wi-Fi hotspots and eReaders were on our long-range plan that we came up with in 2019. We were supposed to add them around the time COVID started. Hotspots would have begun circulating in spring 2020 and eReaders in fall of 2020.”

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