Toledo Library Receives Funding to Provide Digital Skills Training

Daily Dose  |  07/30/2020 10:00 am

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) has been 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. TLCPL will use the funding to purchase hardware/ technology for entrepreneurs to use.

The Business and Workforce Department will host a free, virtual program, Grow Your Business with Google. Community members will learn from the Library’s business specialist librarians how to grow their business and its digital presence, how to access Google Analytics to view their website traffic, and how to utilize the entire Applied Digital Skills training library.

Grow Your Business with Google
(W) August 19 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Register for the free event here!

TLCPL Business and Workforce Manager, David Topoleski said, "One of our goals in the Business and Workforce Department is to help small business owners and hopeful entrepreneurs grow their business and follow their dreams. The economic effects of COVID-19 have been especially challenging for the region's small business community and the Library has the expertise and tools to help!"

“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 virtual 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. Learn more at