MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA –  A special GOOGLE Grant has been awarded to the Union Public Library for digital skills training and career development.

Union Public Library has been selected to participate in the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA), sponsored by Grow With Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills 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.

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“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.”

Funding will be used to support both ongoing and special programs at the Library during March and held at both the Main Library (MN) and Vauxhall Branch (VH). They include:

Connect Explore Discover

Access UPL’s digital resources.  Bring your mobile device and Union Public Library card. No reservation required. Presented by UPL Staff.

Mon., 3/2/20, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., VH

Career Coaching

Presented by Deb Warner

UPL’s career coach will meet with you one-on-one to develop a resume, create cover and thank you letters, complete job applications, explore job websites, and practice mock interview skills.  No registration required.

Sat., 3/7/20, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., MN

Thurs., 3/12/20, 3:00 - 9:00 p.m., MN

Sat., 3/21/20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., VH

Spring Style Tips for All Occasions

Presented by Dress for Success Northern New Jersey

Spring is coming -- what should I wear?  Whether going to a job interview, business meeting or casual affair, the library has tips for you. Registration required, call 908-851-5450 ext.3.

Wed., 3/11/20, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., MN

Women in Business: Real Talk, Real Entrepreneurs

Presented by the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship

This event will feature Mary Repke, Designer, Founder, and Chief Bag Lady of Coakley Bags. Mary will talk about being an entrepreneur, provide authentic examples of success and inspire her fellow entrepreneurs as well as those who are just starting out. Registration required, call 908-851-5451.

Wed., 3/11/20, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., VH

Career Resources Online: GOOGLE Job Search and Others!

Presented by UPL Staff

Learn how to find your dream job or next gig utilizing GOOGLE Job Search and other career resources online. Registration required, call 908-851-5450 ext.3.

Sat., 3/14/20, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., VH

Cover Letter & Resume Basics

Presented by UPL Staff

Learn to create a powerful cover letter and resume in this workshop for job seekers of all ages. Registration required, call 908-851-5451.

Mon., 3/16/20, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., VH

The Grow with Google initiative draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. The initiative aims to help 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

Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue, with a Vauxhall Branch located at 123 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall.  For more information, contact the Main Library at (908) 851-5450 or visit our website at