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Alexandria Library Awarded Funding to Provide Technology Training

Lessons will be available at each branch and online

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that Alexandria Library has been selected to participate in the initiative, Libraries Lead with Digital Skills. The initiative is a partnership between the ALA and the Public Library Association, sponsored by Grow with Google.

Alexandria Library plans to use the funding to expand their technology and digital literacy programming and events.

“Libraries have long been America’s gathering place for learning. From learning new digital skills for the workplace, to creating a résumé or growing your business online, people are [relying on] libraries as resources for professional growth now more than ever,” said Nicky Rigg, program manager for Digital Skills outreach at Google. “Grow with Google is excited to support library programs across the country to help ensure that economic opportunity exists for everyone.”

Beatley Central Library is one of the Alexandria branches that will provide technology training. (Courtesy photo)

The purpose of Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is to foster a relationship between libraries and Grow with Google so that libraries can combine their own instructional programs with those offered by the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative. The fusion offers patrons a richer learning experience.

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Lessons will take place at all Alexandria Library branches and will be available online.

The first offering, “Online Job Hunting” will start May 15 and continue through summer. A similar online course can be accessed through Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum. Users will be able to learn at their own pace.

For more information about the program and for courses offered, click HERE.

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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