The Slippery Rock Community Library has received a grant to help patrons improve their computer skills.

Karen Pierce, library director, said the grant will help the library provide about 40 programs.

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced that Slippery Rock is one of 14 libraries in the state to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of the ALA and the Public Library Association. The program is sponsored by Grow With Google, the tech company’s economic opportunity initiative.

With the grant, Slippery Rock Community Library can offer free workshops, which start Saturday, May 18.

“There’s still plenty of room available,” she said.

Registration is encouraged, and participants do not have to be members of Slippery Rock Community Library. These sessions have been scheduled:

• “Get Your Business Online,” 10:30 a.m. to noon May 18. Participants will learn about Google ads and other tools that could help boost their business.

• “Beginners’ Computer Skills,” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, May 20. The session will teach basics like setting up a Gmail account.

• “Use Google to Get a New Job,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Participants will learn to create a resume, search for jobs online, and more.

These workshops focus on Google programs and features, and sessions will be led by Rob Fagley, a new clerk at the library.

“Hopefully we’ll meet some community needs,” he said.

The workshops are a valuable tool for visitors, and Pierce said library officials plan to add more digital sessions in the near future.

She applied for the program understanding how libraries can help people with digital skills, and said the Community Library of the Shenango Valley in Sharon is also offering the classes.

“There’s been a lot of talk recently about workforce development,” she said.

People have already registered for the three classes, and Fagley said he hopes that the library gets more feedback on other topics patrons would like to learn.

For more information about the initiative, visit or the library’s Facebook or website,

To register, call the library at 724-738-9179.