BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Several Baltimore families received free Chromebooks from the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Orleans Street branch on Saturday.
D’ara Lemon chose one for her daughter.
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“This is very important,” Lemon said. “This is closing the digital divide, also opening children up to the world of technology. Not many children have access to these types of resources so this is definitely a blessing.”
In partnership with the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition, Dell Technologies donated 1,000 Chromebooks to the library. The first 60 were delivered on Saturday.
“With these devices, families can do simple things like do their homework, apply for a job,” said Maia Wagner, head of digital portfolio at Dell. “Typically, the device is what prevents families from fully participating in their community.”
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In addition, Enoch Pratt Library is providing internet access and digital training to children, youth and families ensuring they know how to use devices and access library services. online institute.
“We can provide access to the actual device but it doesn’t matter if they don’t know how to use it,” said Meghan McCorkell, marketing and communications director at Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Chromebooks will provide Baltimore families with an important tool to access important information.
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“At Pratt Library, our mission is to provide access,” McCorkell said. “It could be books and information or a device like this. I think such a device for a device-free family can be life-changing.”
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/26/baltimore-library-gives-out-free-chromebooks-closes-digital-divide/ Baltimore Library releases free Chromebooks, ends the digital divide – CBS Baltimore