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Cape Girardeau Public Library offering mobile hot spots, passport services

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

"Library's are all about bridging the digital divide," Cape Girardeau Public Library Director Betty Martin says.

The Cape Girardeau Public Library is now offering mobile internet hot spots for members to check out, giving free access to internet from anywhere with service. Betty Martin, Cape Public Library's Director, says the devices were bought on a discount given to non-profits and libraries, and can only be purchased once a year.

"We could have purchased up to ten, but we purchased five thinking 'we'll we'll just see if these will be popular'... Oh my gosh, I wish we had purchased ten, because they're incredibly popular," Martin said.

Those five devices are so popular, Martin says there is a wait list of about 50 people. The amount of time they can be checked out might be reduced because of that demand.

"It's a three week checkout right now, [and] we're wondering if we should reduce it to two weeks just so that people can get to them more quickly," Martin said.

Many schools are giving students laptop devices to use at school and home, making the need for an internet connection that much greater. Julie Palmer is a mother of four. She says it's vital for all of her children.

"It's very important," Palmer said. "I have one at SEMO and two at Saxony, and access to internet is essential to many of their projects."

Alongside the hot spots, the Library is now a Passport Acceptance Facility.

"No appointments are required," Stephanie Weidenbenner, Adult Services Coordinator said. "We will have someone here on staff that will be able to help you with your passport."

During the hours the Library is open, they are required to have someone there who went through training to make sure passports are correct.

"They're very detailed in what you have to do to get a passport. So we have to make sure all the passport applications we receive here are correct."

Weidenbenner suggests those seeking to get a passport, head to travel.state.gov to find a list of the required paperwork. She said it will reduce the time it takes to obtain one.

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