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Russell Library offers free Wi-Fi hotspots to Middletown students


The Russell Library is located at 123 Broad St., Middletown.

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MIDDLETOWN – Students who need high-speed internet at home have the option to go online. the Russell Library, 123 Broad St., received 50 hotspots to distribute to unconnected households for educational purposes. The service will be provided for free until June 30, according to a press release.

Funding was provided by the federal government Connectivity Emergency Fund to help bridge the homework gap. “When the Emergency Connectivity Fund was announced, we knew it could help bridge Middletown’s digital divide,” Director Ramona Burkey said in a prepared statement. “Our mission statement reads, ‘we empower people to grow, connect, strive and thrive’. These hotspots tick those boxes for students in our community.

Additional connectivity couldn’t come at a better time, she added. More contagious COVID variants have emerged, creating staffing shortages and family quarantines.

“The internet is a lifeline for students struggling to keep up with school,” the press release said. “Households without access are at a distinct disadvantage compared to their connected peers. The Russell Library is doing everything we can to support young learners,” Burkey said. “We are partners in their educational success.

Hotspots will be distributed based on availability in order of application and are limited to one per household. Families of students enrolled in Middletown Public Schools or a community college can complete an application in person at the library, call 860-347-2528, or submit an online form at russelllibrary.wufoo.com.