Cranston Public Library Receives Funding to Provide Digital Skills Training

For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2019


Edward Garcia, Library Director



Cranston Public Library Receives Funding to Provide Digital Skills Training
(Cranston, RI) - Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Cranston Public Library is selected 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 library will use the funding to host three job skills seminars led by Jean Baur, a career coach, writer, and speaker with 20 years experience in the outplacement industry.

"This grant from our partners at Google and PLA will allow us to continue our work of educating members of our community on vital digital skills that are needed for the 21st century workforce.” said Ed Garcia, Library Director.

Job skills seminars are free and open to the public and will take place from 6:00-7:30pm on Monday, September 16; Monday, September 23; and Monday, September 30. Topics will include writing effective cover letters and resumes, acing your interview, using social media effectively, and smart searching and networking to find the jobs you want. Additionally, the library's September computer classes and drop-in tech help will focus on tools available online from Google and PLA to help job seekers develop their digital skills to enhance their job search. For more information about these programs please visit the library website at

“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, we aim 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