Library Receives Grant to Promote Digital Inclusion

The Merrimack Public Library is the recipient of $3,895 in grant funding thanks to the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the New Hampshire State Library. The grant funds received will support the Merrimack Public Library's services that meet the needs of the community in response to the pandemic, as well as to related technology needs through equitable approaches.

Using these grant funds, the library will purchase 18 Playaway Launchpads, sturdy tablets pre-loaded with a wide range of educational apps that do not require access to Wi-Fi or the Internet. These devices will provide a variety of subject interests, specifically: 5 ESL and Learn US Law dedicated tablets; 5 SAT and ACT Test prep tablets; 6 children's STEAM learning tablets; and 2 Adult Brain Game tablets. This selection of devices meet the Library's mission of providing innovative services to the community, particularly services that improve literacy, support STEAM learning for all ages, and address digital inclusion.

Additionally, the library will purchase 1 Meeting Owl Pro unit, a 360-degree camera, microphone, and speaker combined into one easy-to-use device. This will create an experience of in-person participation for hybrid teams, events, and presentations and integrates seamlessly with the virtual platforms we use already. As we move forward with our reopening post-COVID, our patrons have expressed their desire that the Library provide hybrid events, and staff will operate this device in-house during our programs.

To learn more about the ARPA funding, click HERE.

Posted: July 14, 2021