Need access to the Internet but don’t have it where you live? The Forest Park Public Library is introducing a new program that lets patrons check out a Wi-Fi Hotspot device with a library card.

The new program allows library patrons older than age 12 to check out the devices for up to three weeks at a time.

Hotspots are devices that offer Internet connection through a portable wireless router.

The Hotspot comes with a cord, charger and case.

“This is a great program that will help to increase digital literacy in the community,” said Community Engagement Librarian Alicia Hammond.

Once a Hotspot is checked out and set up, users will be able to access the Internet in their homes or other locations, Hammond said.

If you want to check out the device, you must first register for and complete a one-hour free class on Internet safety. The class covers avoiding identity theft, online scams and online privacy. The first class takes place Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m.

The Hotspot cannot be renewed and the library will charge a late fee of $2 per day. Replacement for the Hotspot is $80.

“While many see the Internet as simply a form of entertainment, it has become an essential tool for students, job seekers, business owners and more,” said Hammond.

“This program will enable more people to try out Wi-Fi at home.”

To register for the class visit or call 708-366-7171.

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