Dayton Metro Library is working to bridge the digital divide with Get Connected, an exciting new initiative made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and CARES Act funds. Get Connected will provide four months of FREE internet access to 800 local households in need. The program launches on January 5, 2021, and applications will be accepted through February 27, or until the 800 household maximum is reached.
“Not having home internet access is a real disadvantage in today’s world,” said Megan Cooper, DML Development Manager. “Students are trying to learn remotely, adults may be looking for work, and many households are struggling to make ends meet. Get Connected will help people get the home internet service they need.”
How does it work? Dayton Metro Library is the initial account holder of record. The Library will cover the cost of Spectrum broadband service and equipment for four months. After that time, participants may choose to transfer the service into their own name, or they may return the equipment and let the service end. Those who choose to transfer service may be eligible for reduced rates through Spectrum’s Internet Assist Program.
“Because Dayton Metro Library is the account holder of record, this program can benefit someone who has been locked out of internet service due to bad credit or past due bills,” said Cooper.
Get Connected will benefit 800 households in the Dayton Metro Library service area. Applicants must be DML cardholders age 18 and older. To be eligible, households must be in the DML and Spectrum service areas, and not current Spectrum internet customers. Applications will be available starting January 5 at all DML locations; a printable application will be available at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/
“Dayton Metro Library is committed to building equity in the community,” said Tim Kambitsch, DML Executive Director. “This includes connecting patrons with support systems and increasing access to resources for minority, disadvantaged, and new residents. By providing free home internet access, we are breaking down barriers and providing an opportunity for people to continue affordable internet access into the future. This could positively impact a child’s success in school, an adult’s search for employment, or an older person’s abilty to stay connected with friends and family.”
Full program details are available at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/
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The Dayton Metro Library is one of the oldest and largest public library systems in Ohio, consistently ranking among the best in the nation. There are currently 18 Library locations, plus Outreach Services, in Montgomery County. In order to fulfill its mission to inform, inspire and empower the community, DML offers programs, materials and services for all ages and stages of life. It is funded in part by a portion of the state income tax and local levy support, with support from the Dayton Metro Library Foundation.
Specialized services and resources are available for schools, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, literacy providers and job seekers. The Library houses a unique collection of local history and genealogy materials. Computers are available for public use and computer instruction is offered at many Library locations.
In November, 2012, Montgomery County voters passed a $187 million bond issue to fund new construction and renovations for the Dayton Metro Library system. Highlights of the multi-phase, multi-year project currently in progress include consolidating Branch Libraries to 16, establishing an offsite Operations Center, and the complete renovation of the Main Library in downtown Dayton. When the project is complete, Library users across Montgomery County will enjoy modern, efficient facilities providing superior services and technology for the 21st century. Progress on the project is updated at DaytonMetroLibrary.org.