WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) has been selected to receive a $7,000 grant from the Public Library Association (PLA) to conduct digital literacy workshops as part of an effort to build essential skills in community members and bridge the digital divide.
WRL says it will use PLA’s DigitalLearn training materials for the free workshops funded by the grant. The workshops will run from October to February and will be taught in community locations by WRL outreach staff.
“During the pandemic, WRL held a listening session with the community and identified three key areas of need around technology: Wi-Fi access, device availability and digital education,” said the director. from the library, Betsy Fowler. “The library is working with community partners to help address these issues.”
The workshops will be divided into three sessions each month (to be repeated monthly) which will cover general computer skills such as website navigation, mobile device use, online security and privacy, storage cloud, online health information, online job search and skills, and Suite. Workshops will be offered in Spanish upon request, and WRL will provide laptops or tablets for use during each session.
“These digital literacy workshops will give adults the skills they need to be more successful in the workplace, as citizens and in their personal lives,” said Eletha Davis, Director of Outreach Services. “Parents will also be better prepared to help their children navigate an increasingly digital world.”
All workshops will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be located at the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, unless otherwise noted on the webpage. Individuals can view the course schedule and register to attend by visiting wrl.org/workshops or calling 757-741-3324.