The American Library Association (ALA) announced that West Falmouth Library was 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. The West Falmouth Library in collaboration with our local BNI Chapter, Coastal Connections, will use the funding to host a series of free, virtual webinars to empower local small businesses and entrepreneurs. Webinar schedule: Virtual Platforms for Meetings: Monday, August 10th, 12pm-1pm YouTube Basics: Wednesday, August 19th, 7pm-8pm YouTube Advanced Topics: Wednesday, August 26th, 7pm-8pm Google My Business: Friday, September 4th, 12pm-1pm Google Analytics for Beginners: Friday, September 11th, 12pm-1pm Put It in Writing: Creating Your Business Plan: Thursday, September 17th, TBD Unite Your Company with a Strong Brand Identity: Tuesday, September 22nd, 1pm-2pm Surviving and Thriving on Social Media: Tuesday, September 29th, 1pm-2pm “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 grow.google.