April 12, 2012
The Free Library Launches A New Techmobile Today, An Energy-Efficient Hybrid Van Outfitted With Six Computers And Broadband Equipment
Today, Thursday April 12, at 11:30 a.m., the Free Library of Philadelphia will celebrate the launch of its brand new Techmobile “Hot Spot on Wheels” at Rowan House in West Philadelphia, with the help of Mayor Nutter and Adel Ebeid, Philadelphia’s Chief Innovation Officer (what an awesome job).
The Free Library Techmobile is a 25-foot, energy-efficient, hybrid van outfitted with six computers, all necessary broadband equipment and a trained assistant who will provide computer training classes as well as one-on-one assistance during open-access time.
Techmobile classes will range from computer and email basics, résumé writing and job searching to workshops about small business resources, parenting resources, social networking, e-books and more.
The Techmobile takes the Free Library’s commitment to providing digital literacy and web connectivity to all Philadelphians one step deeper, by being able to now reach areas of the Philadelphia community that are not close to a library branch or one of the six stationary hot spots the library began launching last April, community centers where the library set up computer labs.
More than 49% of Philadelphia residents are living without home broadband Internet access. With the Techmobile the library can bring digital literacy directly to the community’s doorsteps.
Organizations can request a visit from the Free Library Techmobile, which will make scheduled stops around Philadelphia, online or by calling (215) 686-5372.
Free Library Techmobile [Free Library]