The Irondequoit Public Library is partnering with both the East and West Irondequoit Central School Districts to help ensure that students can participate in online learning through the end of the school year. The library has made available mobile WiFi hotspots to the districts, loaning them out for student use during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Overall, the library has purchased 200 hotspots and mobile data subscriptions, with priority going towards the students of Irondequoit. Library staff has coordinated with the districts on demand and distribution, which is commencing this week.
“As our schoolchildren and teachers have been asked to rethink classroom instruction during this unprecedented time, the Town is happy to help where needed,” said Supervisor Dave Seeley. “Our school districts are doing a fantastic job in the wake of the COVID outbreak, and I am thrilled that this partnership has formed which will help to ensure our children have internet access at this critical time.”
“The Irondequoit Public Library staff has done an outstanding job of continuing services while the building’s doors are closed,” said Collene Burns, President of the Irondequoit Public Library Board of Trustees. “The lending of mobile WiFi hotspots are one more example of how our Library continues to innovate and collaborate to ensure information, access, and respite for our community.”
The balance of the hotspots will be distributed to Irondequoit residents, who may reserve the devices for a 21-day lending period by calling or texting 585-210-2390 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.