GLADWIN COUNTY – The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that Gladwin County District Library was 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. Gladwin County will use the funding to help large, small and independent businesses get online. Getting your business online ensures that when someone “Googles” your type of business, they will be able to see your business, along with hours, maps and other information.

“In this day and age, so many people are “Googling” information, but many are unsure of how to list themselves. We are going to make it an easy solution for you with help from the library. We are no longer just books; we are a one stop shop for all community needs. With this step we can have more independent businesses online and everyone from the county will benefit,” said John Clexton, Library Director. 

A basic introduction and assistance class will take place on Sept. 18 at noon at the Gladwin County District Library in Gladwin. Further dates will be announced for those that can’t make it, or individual appointments will also be arranged. 

“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.” 

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