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August 25, 2010

City library gets grant

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh Public Library has been awarded a stimulus grant to help people find jobs and learn computer skills.

The $244,517 grant is from the New York State Library and will allow the Plattsburgh library to establish a public computer center in the Brinkerhoff Room.

The new center will feature several computers and video-conferencing services.

The library is partnering with OneWorkSource, which will have two employees working at the center to help people use the computers to find work.

The center will offer the public computer training and help with searching for jobs, resume-writing and interviewing skills.

The two-year grant is part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

The Plattsburgh library was one of 30 public libraries in Upstate New York that was chosen for a grant.

"The library will be performing an essential public service in helping citizens get jobs and learn to use computers," Library Director Stanley Ransom said in a news release.

The grant funding will also help increase public access to high-speed broadband services in high-need communities and serve the underemployed, disabled, seniors, online students and the small-business community.

The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System will also benefit by receiving an E-mobile computing training unit to use in services to rural locations and underserved communities in Essex County.

An open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Plattsburgh library.

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