Wayne Libraries Helping Residents Access the Internet with New Devices

By Sam Miller
The Wayne Library Alliance used CARES money to tackle one of the biggest problems highlighted by the pandemic shutdown; internet access in Wayne County. The Library has purchased 60 “Smart Spot” devices. These devices serve as mobile hotspots that give access to the web anywhere, and can be checked out from the various libraries. There are six devices available at each of the seven libraries, with extras at the Wayne County Public Library for special events or moments of great need. The Smart Spots have already helped keep the Wayne County Public Library running when Library Director Tracy Schwarz had to go into quarantine, and brought wi-fi to COVID vaccine clinics to help Wayne Memorial Hospital coordinate. There are several devices with different capabilities, but all of them are set up for video conferencing and have the Libby app for reading installed.