Orillia Public Library creating new lending collection of hot spots and tablets to help seniors connect digitally

Federal grant of $40,000 to assist in purchase of new equipment

A federal grant is giving the Orillia Public Library the tools it needs to open some digital doors for community seniors.

The library announced it has received a $40,000 grant through the Canada Health Communities Initiative and will use it to purchase Internet hot spots and tablets. These devices will be part of a new lending collection that will be made available to older individuals in the community.

Called the Digital Connections and Access for Seniors Project, the library’s program hopes to allow patrons who don’t have access to devices or the Internet to engage with the digital world. The library plans to work with care and retirement homes, as well as independent living facilities and home-bound library patrons, in order to help as many people get connected as possible.