Children around the world are transferring from the classroom to online learning as the COVID-19 virus forces them to stay home, away from their teachers and classmates. And in some rural areas, that means they’re visiting the parking lot of their local library to get their homework finished.
For families without internet at home, the town library is where they go online. Now that libraries are closed, some are taking their laptops to those library parking lots, which are close enough that those laptops can pick up the buildings’ internet signals, letting kids get their assignments completed. In areas where closed libraries’ internet has stayed on, those parking lots are a lifeline to keep school going.