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LIBRARY TALK – FEBRUARY 27, 2020

One of the requests/expectations of libraries these days has been circulating hotspots.  What is a circulating hotspot?   For one week, you may check out a small device that is like a portable WiFi with unlimited data.  Our rules will be similar to other libraries around the state—you must have a current and in good standing Union Township Public Library card, you need to be over 18 years old, you will be expected to bring the item back to the lending library during open hours  with all of its components unbroken and on time.  We provide the unit and pay for the service—it is a monthly charge for us (as it would be for you if you had your own hotspot), but this is to provide access to the Internet for those of you that do not have it at home or need a portable WiFi for a limited time.  It should allow access for up to 5 devices at the same time. Will it work at every address in our service area? Probably not 100%. We should have good coverage, but we can’t guarantee it will work everywhere.   It can’t be renewed, and if overdue, shortly after the due date we will have the service turned off, so it will stop working.  To be fair, holds can’t be placed on the item, it will be first come, first served.   We will have 10 units in total, with a split between the three libraries. This is a trial, and if it works, we will continue to pay for the service.  My understanding from other libraries across the state is that they are very popular but suffer somewhat from abuse—let’s prove our patrons are better than the average and the program will work well.  I hope to have them ready for circulation by Thursday February 27th.

Final reminder—The Cincinnati Zoo will be visiting with some of their fine feathered friends on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the library annex. Their Wings of Wonder program is pretty cool, and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to Ripley

Matthew