ROXBURY, NJ – Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Roxbury 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.

“Now more than ever, libraries need to introduce people and businesses to the efficiency and marketing opportunities offered by technology, Google in particular,” said Roxbury Public Library Director Radwa Ali.  “Roxbury Library is ideally positioned to offer virtual programs to help make this learning curve easier.”

Next week, Roxbury Public Library will offer three free virtual training workshops about Google platforms, very appropriate for business owners and anyone who wants to help advance their employer or themselves. 

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The sessions are open to the general public, however participants must register in advance to receive the links to join the meetings. 

“Intro to Google G-Suite, Google My Business and Google Ads” will be presented on Monday, April 27 from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. 

Google has many products that are geared towards helping small businesses and organizations enhance their online presence. In this overview, we’ll introduce some of their most popular services including G-Suite (business email and apps), Google My Business and Google Ads. Led by John Tully of Delta Strategic Marketing.  To register for this session, go to https://roxburylibrary.libnet.info/event/4260138 .

Next up, on Tuesday, April 28 at 9:00 A.M., will be “Google My Business and Crisis Management.” 

Businesses may be shut down but that doesn't mean their virtual storefronts have to be. In fact, in a crisis it's more critical than ever for businesses to maintain an online presence. Google My Business is an important piece of the puzzle for stores, companies, not-for-profits, schools--if people google you, you should have a robust Google My Business page. Customize your message, manage reviews and communicate with customers with ease. Led by Radwa Ali of the Roxbury Public Library.  The link to register for this event is https://roxburylibrary.libnet.info/event/4260142 .

The third program is “G Suite: Workforce and Crisis Management” on Wednesday, April 29 at 9:00 A.M.

It's easier than ever to work from home thanks to G Suite, a robust productivity suite with email, calendar, task and file manager in one. Learn how to connect and reach your colleagues wherever they are, create everything you need to bring your project to life, access and store files and find what you need instantly, manage users, devices, and data securely and easily. Led by Radwa Ali of the Roxbury Public Library.  To register, go to https://roxburylibrary.libnet.info/event/4260145 .

The Roxbury Library offers all three virtual programs in partnership with the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce as part of their ongoing Business Beyond Basics series. Business Beyond Basics provides continuing education programs that bring businesses and the community together to network, learn, and advance.

“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 grow.google/events.