County Library Launches High-speed Internet with State Parks Events

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San Diego County Library branches just got a big bump in internet speed and will showcase the new connection with a series of virtual state park tours that invite customer interaction.

On June 5, County residents can dive into the kelp forests of Point Lobos State Park, explore the geology of Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and learn about the discovery that sparked the California gold rush.

The daylong series of events at five County Library branches is presented in partnership with California State Parks. A California State Parks interpreter will lead attendees on an interactive videoconferencing tour of one of five parks, allowing the audience to ask questions along the way.

Time Virtual Tour Location State Park Topic
10:30-11:15 a.m. Potrero Library Anza Borrego Desert State Park Land Forms & Geology
1:00-1:45 p.m. Descanso Library La Purisima State Historic Park CA Mission Life
2:30-3:15 p.m. Alpine Library Columbia State Historic Park Gold Rush
2:30-3:15 p.m. Spring Valley Library Angel Island Immigration Immigration
3:15-4:00 p.m. Lemon Grove Library Point Lobos State Reserve Kelp Forest Ecology

The day of exploring California’s nature and history is made possible by the County Library’s new high-speed internet connection. The library recently connected to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber-optic-based broadband network that links 12,000 research and education organizations within California to tens of thousands of research and educational institutions around the globe. The CalREN fiber network increases internet speeds at County Library branches by up to 20 times.

“These faster internet speeds will allow our customers to be more productive and access information more quickly, evening out the playing field for those who only have access to the internet at the library.” said County Library Director Migell Acosta. “Thanks to the partnership with CalREN, our 33 libraries will be able to offer a number of exciting virtual learning opportunities, allowing our customers to learn at the speed of light.”

The virtual park tours will also kick off the library’s Summer Reading Program, an annual series of programs and events encouraging kids and teens to continue reading and learning in a fun environment during the summer months.

Signups for the Summer Reading Program are now open and County residents of all ages are invited to participate and win prizes. The program runs through August 31.

Katie Cadiao is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact