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Westchester Library Digital Equity boothThursday, August 18 (2022), WLS presented at the Mount Vernon "Senior Citizens Conquering the Digital Divide" event. We spoke to over 104 attendees about the Affordable Connectivity Plan (ACP), Mount Vernon's Loaner Chromebooks and Hotspots, FREE library cards, online resources, senior assitance and gave out nice reusable bags filled with WLS brochures. Mount Vernon Public Library was on hand to share details about their upcoming in-person programs and classes.
WLS Staff, MVPL Staff, and the Mayor of Mount Vernon.

Westchester Library Digital Equity boothTuesday, August 2 (2022). Yonkers, "National Night Out" is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The WLS Digital Equity team has connected with community partners and individuals which allowed for conversations about a broad range of service opportunities, including the loaning of Chromebooks and Hotpots. A topic of great interest is how a library card from a WLS member library can offer FREE access to services like Career Coaching, Westchester Breathes, Hoopla, Kanopy and Tutor.com.
WLS team of Joe and Katherine.

Westchester Library Digital Equity boothJuly (2022), the Westchester Library System Digital Equity team attended several food distribution events during the month, connecting over a hundred families. With a new Bilingual member of our team, WLS was able to bridge the language gap to encourage visitors and their family members about local libraries' offerings, the ACP, Chromebook loaners and streaming services. Please note, on a few occasions, families returned to get additional ACP info cards for their neighbors.
Bilingual member of the WLS team, Federica!
Sunday, June 5 (2022). The Westchester Library System Digital Equity team had a table at Westchester Pride. The event was presented by The Loft: LGBTQ+ Center in White Plains. It was a beautiful day to celebrate and share library resources with our Westchester community. WLS hired an artist to do quick sketches for all. WLS also raffled several WLS tote bags filled library swag and Pride Funko Pop. Congressman Jamaal Bowman stopped by for a photo op and Mayor Tom Roach chatted with us about White Plains area. Of particular interest was WLS' free library card access to Hoopla. WLS connected with over 300 people.
Westchester Library Digital Equity event
On Wednesday, May 25th, WLS attended the final Salute to Seniors event at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, NY. The team was able to connect with over 130 participants where they found a lot of interest in lowering home internet costs and learning to use Chromebooks. Also, our team found that multiple vendors were interested in partnering with WLS.
Joe Maurantonio (WLS) with a group of happy visitors!

Westchester Library Digital Equity event
On Wednesday, May 18th, WLS was at Salute to Seniors in Croton Point Park (Croton, NY) and successfully assisted approximately 90 people with information about affordable internet, Senior Law Day and using online resources.
Joe Maurantonio (WLS) and Krishna Brodigan (WLS) set up the WLS events table.
Westchester Library Digital Equity event
On Wednesday, May 11th, WLS attended the second “Salute to Seniors” event at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale where the weather was beautiful and drew a large crowd. WLS spoke and assisted over 117 people where there was great interest in the library systems’ “Netflix-like” offerings of Hoopla, Kanopy and Libby. WLS raffled off our new tote bags filled with goodies like a WLS umbrella, notepad, $10 gift card, hand sanitizer and free covid test kits to 5 lucky winners.
Krishna Brodigan (WLS), Joe Maurantonio (WLS) and two prize winners!
Saturday, May 7 (2022). The White Plains ComicFest was a wonderful chance for the Westchester Library System Digital Equity team to engage community members of all ages. The team met with hundreds of people to discuss the our online educational and entertainment apps. The WLS team had nice gifts for young readers in the form of masks and custom art sketches by Izzy Laureano. Of particular interest was WLS' free library card access to ComicsPlus: Library Pass. Over 400 people visited the WLS table over the course of the day.
Westchester Library Digital Equity event

Kids at Westchester Library Digital Equity event
On Saturday, May 7th WLS connected with over 400 people at the White Plains ComicFest (White Plains, NY). Each interaction centered around celebrating and sharing the wonderful things available through the libraries, both in-person and “streaming” online, for education and entertainment. Of particular note were the many families with young children who learned how they could find comics and graphic novels (in the library, online at Hoopla and ComicPlus app) which they could enjoy together while building fundamental literacy skills. From information about the libraries, to custom sketches drawn by our artist, to the free raffle of a donated hand-sculpted Moon Knight, a steady flow of happy people visited the WLS table.

Quote from attendee Jelena Chiltern (White Plains) to WLS: “My family was thrilled with the event, and we are truly proud that the White Plains community appreciates pop art and provides our kids/students with these unique experiences. It was my pleasure meeting you and your amazing team!”
WLS staff (Joe Maurantonio, Dana Hysell and Krishna Brodigan) with White Plains mayor, Tom Roach.
Joe Maurantonio (WLS) with a group of teen attendees.

Pull up a chair event table
On Thursday, May 5th, WLS met with 15 families at Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco, NY. The short presentation shared how to get a library card, accessing affordable internet and that the local member library offers Chromebook loaners.
WLS sets up at Neighbors Link

On Wednesday, May 4th - WLS participated in a “Salute to Seniors” event hosted by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services in Yonkers at Sprain Ridge Park. Although the day was a bit cold and rainy, over 73 visitors stopped by to share library memories and learn about our new offerings. Several patrons were very interested to learn about the possibility of a Loaner Chromebook and/or Loaner Hotspots loan from their local library.
WLS staff (Joe Maurantonio, Dana Hysell and Krishna Brodigan) with County Executive George Latimer).
On Thursday, April 28th – WLS held a pop-up digital equity event in conjunction with IFCA Housing in Ossining. The joint event connected 56 individuals with information about the Affordable Connectivity Plan (ACP), online and local library resources as well as a free covid test kit courtesy of Westchester County Department of Emergency Services.
Photo: Joe Maurantonio, (WLS staff)