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Springfield City Library acquires laptops to lend

The Springfield City Library's Mason Square branch.

Paired with wi-fi hot spots, library patrons can now access internet at home

The Springfield City Library has taken another step to close the digital divide.

Laptops are now available to be borrowed for up to 14 days at all Springfield public library branches.

The city library used federal funds to purchase 100 Google Chromebooks. Borrowing a Chromebook and a wireless hotspot – that were put into circulation last year – makes internet access at home available to library patrons.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jean Canosa Albano, Assistant Director of the library.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.