St. Louis County Library distributing 1,500 GrandPad tablets

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Library is distributing 1,500 GrandPad tablets in the library headquarters on 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard Sunday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The tablets were purchased for $ 1 million to CARES Act Funds to expand County Executive Page’s Digital Equity Initiative.

The GrandPad tablet was designed to meet the needs of those over 75 to access technology and stay connected with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The provision of the tablets is part of the digital equity initiative that Dr. Sam Page, executive director of St. Louis County, launched in 2020. It included $ 4 million towards the purchase of tablets and hotspots for students in St. Louis County with limited internet access.

“This is an exciting partnership that will allow us to expand our digital equity initiative,” said County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have made a commitment to deliver resources to those who need them most.”

The combined effects of social isolation and limited access to technology were particularly difficult for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Checked out of the library for a year for St. Louis County residents, the GrandPads are easy to use and designed for those with little or no technology experience. An integrated data connection is included in every GrandPad free of charge and enables users to have secure access to the Internet.

No home internet connection is required, no data contracts are required, and there are no additional fees. Users are automatically set up with an email account that can be used on the device.

GrandPad has large, colorful icons for easy navigation. Powerful front speakers improve communication for the hearing impaired. The device comes with a hands-free charging cradle, so no charging cables that are difficult to connect are required. Easy-to-use video calls, as well as voice, email, and text calls provide seniors with multiple ways to connect with carers and families.

A dedicated GrandPad support person is available 24/7 by simply touching the Help button on the GrandPad home screen. GrandPad provides access to a variety of mental stimulation and entertainment activities, such as music, games, streaming radio, articles, and weather. Users can also easily access library resources. A direct link to the St. Louis County’s COVID information website, including how to register for vaccination, will also be included on the GrandPad.

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