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Submitted Photo by Jennifer Coats Artesia Public Library is one of 20 public libraries in the United States to receive the Community Connect: Digital Access at Home Grant.

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WIFI hotspots coming to Artesia Public Library as part of Community Connect: Digital Access at Home Grant

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Artesia Public Library has been selected as one of 20 United States libraries to participate in Community Connect: Digital Access at Home, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One that offers cash grants to help rural libraries offer internet access and financial education for their patrons.

As the past year has shown, people across the country are increasingly reliant on internet for essential services like education and tele-medicine, but rural areas often lack the internet access found in more populated regions. Twenty-two percent of Americans in rural areas lack broadband coverage, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

“We are so grateful that we received this grant. We received these hotspots at a time when they are most needed,” Acting Library Supervisor Jo Nickerson-Harper said.

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Community Connect began at Artesia Public Library on Feb. 8. Five Verizon Jetpacks became available for check-out on that date. They are available to borrow for one week with a one-week renewal barring any reservations. Patrons will need to sign an agreement and, if minors will be using the hotspot, an acknowledgement of unfiltered internet.

Artesia Public Library will also receive a $2,000 cash grant to support financial literacy programs and an update to our finance titles.

The modern public library supports lifelong learning, advances knowledge creation, and strengthens its community. It provides the tools and resources to support creativity, research, and problem-solving while asking and answering questions that challenge patron assumptions. Both the physical and virtual library spaces encourage patrons to engage with information, process it, reflect on it, have conversations about it, and develop new ideas. The Artesia Public Library is such a library; bringing people, information and ideas together to create opportunities.

Further details will be made available on the library’s Facebook page and its website including program announcements. For more information, visit artesian.gov/library or call 575-746-4252.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.