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The idea for the purchase came out of a need for youth.

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BELLOWS FALLS — Greater Falls Connections of Bellows Falls donated five Kindle Fire tablets to the Rockingham Free Public Library. The library staff will be making the devices available to patrons to borrow.

The idea for the purchase came out of a need for youth, especially those connected to Friends for Change — a democratically run, youth-led and adult guided, trauma-informed and play-based club in Bellows Falls — to have access to school programming and to stay socially connected during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to assist those who wanted to quit smoking but didn’t have access to technology for cessation workshops and apps.

GFC Director Laura Schairbaum said, “The purchase was possible through our membership in Green Peak Alliance, a group of prevention coalitions in the Springfield region. During the pandemic they offered an opportunity to purchase supplies or other items that could be used to support the community. Through our partnership with FFC we identified the need for students, and it was a good opportunity to also support those who wanted to quit tobacco.”

RFPL Youth Services Librarian Samantha Maskell said, “The kindles are available for anyone with a RFPL card to borrow for free. Library cards are free to Rockingham residents and WNESU students and teachers. The library connects people with resources. We’re pleased to circulate these devices along with Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks to help our community stay connected with the tools they need.”

Greater Falls Connections is a community coalition based out of Bellows Falls that provides resources, workshops and educational opportunities to address the root causes of substance misuse disorders. Those interested in getting involved can call 802-463-9927, ext. 208, or visit greaterfallsconnections.org.