Seniors in Homewood and Flossmoor have new means for internet connections, thanks to grants for senior services provided to libraries.
The Homewood Public Library and the Flossmoor Public Library each received a $10,000 grant from AgeOptions, a nonprofit organization that is part of the Area Agency on Aging for Suburban Cook County.
The libraries’ funding was provided through the CARES Act COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress. Jason Echols of AgeOptions said Homewood and Flossmoor libraries were among 26 libraries to receive grants.
At the Flossmoor library, staff purchased seven iPads that come with “easy-to-follow instructional videos made to help our public keep in touch with families and friends during the pandemic,” according to library information. The iPads can be checked out for a three-week period by Flossmoor senior citizens.
Director Jamie Paicely said the library received the grant money in September. The library has also used the funding for programs presented via the Zoom social media link that seniors enjoyed, including travel films featuring stories behind the Appalachian Trail and U.S. Route 66.
The Homewood library received its grant in November, according to Director Colleen Waltham. Staff purchased a variety of computer equipment, including Chrome books and Acer laptops, for use by seniors. The library also presented online programming for seniors, such as discussions on cybersecurity and social security benefits.
Waltham said even though the library is open again, staff wants to continue reaching out to connect with seniors to meet their needs.
To learn more about accessing the equipment, senior citizens can contact the Flossmoor library at 708-798-3600 or visit the library at 1000 Sterling Ave. in downtown Flossmoor. Contact the Homewood library at 708-798-0121 or visit the library at 17917 Dixie Highway in downtown Homewood.
Correction: This story originally included a misspelling of Flossmoor Library Director Jamie Paicely’s name. The Chronicle apologizes for the error.