Gila Bend Library Will Lend Laptops and Wi-Fi Hotspots to Residents Starting this Month

GILA BEND, Arizona — June 3, 2019 — The Gila Bend Library, part of the Maricopa County Library District (MCLD), has received an American Dream Literacy Initiative grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. With the $10,000 funding, which went to only a handful public libraries nationwide, Gila Bend Library will lend 20 laptops, each with a Wi-Fi hotspot for internet access, so adult learners can continue their education at home.

“Adult education opportunities are scarce in Gila Bend,” said Bridget Esqueda, the Gila Bend Library manager. “Our library offers free, online, instructor-led classes. Our friendly staff will help you register, provide 1-on-1 instruction, and follow up weekly. All you need to get started is a free library card and you can start building your resume today.”

“Public libraries are important for people who need help improving their English language skills, getting their GED or developing the skills they need to be competitive in the workplace,” said Maricopa County District 5 Supervisor Steve Gallardo. “Our library is a critical mainstay for the people of Gila Bend, and we‘re proud to be able to serve the community with these and other great resources.”

There are more than 350 classes to choose from that range from personal development to technology and healthcare. Residents who do not have Wi-Fi or computer access can visit the library and check out a laptop and hotspot for up to 6 weeks.

ALA and Dollar General selected Gila Bend Library from more than 100 public libraries through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. View all recipients.

The Gila Bend Library offers public computers, a scanner, an Early Literacy Station computer, an extensive media collection, a wide variety of bestselling fiction and nonfiction materials as well as many events and programs for all ages. All Maricopa County residents and property owners can borrow materials at no cost.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative has helped more than 200 libraries improve their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.