Eureka Springs Carnegie Library receives funding to provide digital skills training

Friday, August 30, 2019

The American Library Association (ALA) has selected the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and the Public Library Association (PLA), sponsored by Grow With Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative. The Eureka Springs Carnegie Library will use the funding to help small business owners reach more customers through online tools.

“We are excited to show local businesses owners how they can reach more customers with web-based tools, and allow visitors to our town to see all that Eureka Springs has to offer when they are planning trips,” said library director April Griffith.

Three different free small business workshops will be held in the Library Annex on Monday evenings at 5 p.m. in September:

Sept. 16 – Get Your Business Online

Sept. 23 – Reach Customers Online

Sept. 30 – Using Data to Drive Business Growth

“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 going to 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.”  

This program is funded by Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, which was created so that local libraries can combine their own program offerings with Grow with Google training materials to offer community workshops or other activities aimed at empowering small businesses to grow online or assisting job seekers to prepare for and find work.

The Grow with Google initiative draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through this initiative, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and those who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers and businesses. Grow With Google has made a commitment to deliver free, in-person workshops for job seekers, small businesses, and library staff in all 50 states. Learn more about the tour and upcoming events at grow.google/events. 

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