The California State Library recently launched a program addressing internet connectivity issues for rural residents. Because of this program, the Tehama County Library now has mobile Hotspots and Chromebooks for our patrons to check out to help alleviate these issues.
Hotspots are devices that can take a cellular data plan and extend the connection to other devices via a local Wi-Fi signal. This technology can increase connectivity for the internet wherever you are. To reserve a hotspot, click here.
Chromebooks are laptops that specifically run the operating system Chrome OS. These small computers can pack a mighty punch when paired with a hotspot. If you would like to reserve a Chromebook click here.
Alternative Digital Tools
Now that I have told you about our hotspot and Chromebook program, I want to feature a few digital resources that the library offers. Most of these resources were launched within the past two years, and I think they are pretty cool.
GetSetUp.com – Live classes focusing on wellness, lifelong learning, and social connection for older adults.
Coursera – University and business courses, certificates, and degrees online.
Skillshare – Creative courses to help with business and technology skills.
Linkedin Learning – Expert-led courses in a wide range of topics.
Kanopy – With the mantra of thoughtful entertainment, Kanopy video streaming provides 1,000’s of films directly to your home. You just need your library card.
Read Digital Books:
OverDrive/Libby – Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available.
Although these tools do not fix the digital divide, they are an important first step in connecting our communities digitally.