The VIRL Connects initiative is providing digital care packages and support to community members most in need. Photo supplied

The VIRL Connects initiative is providing digital care packages and support to community members most in need. Photo supplied

Comox Valley Community Foundation contributes to library initiative

The Comox Valley Community Foundation is among six organizations to provide digital care packages to help the Vancouver Island Regional Library combat isolation by increasing digital literacy in care homes and other facilities.

The CVCF donated $7,145 to the VIRL Connects program.

“By offering digital tools and resources, we’re building resilience, and providing the means for people to connect with loved ones, take advantage of VIRL’s digital resources, participate in virtual library events, and build important digital literacy skills,” Anne O’Shea, VIRL’s deputy executive director and COO, said in a news release. “In the era of COVID-19, social connections and digital access are crucially important. I would like to thank all of the participating community foundations for supporting this important undertaking for our communities.”

The VIRL Connects initiative is providing digital care packages and support to community members most in need. The program provides a range of services and technologies in the digital care packages, including:

•Chromebooks: simple to use laptops that provide access to important cloud-based apps;

•Chromecasts: Devices that allow Smart TVs to cast the screens of tablets and smartphones;

•Smart TVs: Flat screen TVs with internet access and the ability to cast from other devices;

•Internet subsidies: Help with the monthly cost of maintaining an internet subscription for a six-month period;

•Support: Staff and residents will receive support from library staff to set up digital care packages, connect to library services and learn about the hundreds of thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, TV shows, movies and classes available online through virl.bc.ca.