OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — When the pandemic hit, kids were sent home to learn remotely. Unfortunately, that proved a problem for some families that didn't have internet service or had weak signals. Bellevue Public Library is the new hot spot to get a take-home hot spot kit.
"Children, people working from home as well as people who lost their jobs because of COVID and trying to apply for jobs. It is almost impossible to apply for a job nowadays if you can't submit your information online," said Laura Whitehead, Head of Adult Services of the Bellevue Public Library.
Money for the hot spot kits came from a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission. They currently have 10 kits available and an option to buy more if needed. You can check out one of these hot spot kits for up to three weeks and they provide up to five gigabytes of data."
Whitehead said the kits are easy to use but do come with instructions.
They are free to check out you but you have to be 18 years or older to do so. Parents can check the kits out for children younger than 18.
"It's been great, people love it and have been really happy to use it. We have even had one of our own library employees check it out and use it and she really loved it," continued Whitehead.
You can reserve the kits to help with school, special projects, stream movies or even for a vacation where internet service can be hard to aceess.
Whitehead added, "It just feels really good to be able to offer this to the community, especially right now."
Those who show up to check out a hot spot kit must have a current library card. Library cards are free for those who live in Bellevue.