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Digital Literacy Workshops at the Cranston Senior Center

Cranston Public Library among 215 libraries nationwide to conduct digital literacy training funded by PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T

Cranston, RI — The Cranston Public Library is among 215 public libraries nationwide awarded funding by the Public Library Association (PLA) this year to conduct digital literacy workshops using new Digitallearn.org resources. The PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T, provides support to libraries of all sizes to conduct workshops using DigitalLearn training materials on up to 8 topics designed to help patrons build skills and confidence using technology.  

In partnership with Providence Public Library and the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, Cranston Public Library, will host a series of Digital Literacy Workshops for adults of all ages at the Cranston Senior Enrichment. Workshops will be taught in both English and Spanish. Topics will include Internet Basics (Tuesday, September 19), Video Conferencing Basics (Tuesday, September 26), Cybersecurity Basics (Tuesday, October 3), Email Basics (Tuesday, October 10), Mobile Device Basics (Android) (Tuesday, October 17), and Mobile Device Basics (iOS) (Tuesday, October 24). Workshops in Spanish are Conceptos Básicos de Internet (Viernes, Septiembre 22), Conceptos Básicos de las Videoconferencias (Viernes, Septiembre 29), Conceptos Básicos de Ciberseguridad (Viernes, Octubre 6), Conceptos Básicos del Correo Electrónico (Viernes Octubre 13), Conceptos Básicos de los Dispositivos Móviles (Android) (Viernes, Octubre 20), y Conceptos Básicos de los Dispositivos Móviles (iOS) (Viernes, Octubre 27). All workshops are held from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. For full details, please visit the library event calendar at cranstonlibrary.org. 

Ed Garcia, Director of the Cranston Public Library said, “We are thankful to PLA for this funding that will allow the library and our partners to offer the public the opportunity to improve their digital skills and for CPL to address digital equity in our community.” 

PLA Past President Maria McCauley remarked, “Public libraries continuously play a vital role in providing digital literacy tools and information to their communities. The expansion of this powerful collaboration with AT&T for the second year will ensure that even more families and communities can benefit from programs and resources that increase digital access and equity”. 

PLA collaborated with AT&T to develop the digital literacy and Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) courses, which are freely available in English and Spanish through AT&T ScreenReady and PLA’s DigitalLearn.org.  

About the Public Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or pla@ala.org.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T  

We’re committed to advancing education, creating opportunities, strengthening communities, and improving lives. As part of our company-wide $2 billion commitment from 2021–2023 to address the digital divide, we launched AT&T Connected Learning to invest in connectivity and technology, digital literacy, and education solutions. We aim to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2008, we’ve committed more than $600 million to programs that help millions of students across all 50 states and around the world, particularly those in underserved communities.



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