The New Rochelle Public Library is one of 35 libraries in New York State to receive funding to become a New York Public Computer Center broadbandexpress@yourlibrary, and will be receiving $244,000 over the next two years. The grant comes via the New York State Education Department, which is using $9.5 million by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and $5,418,370 in matching funds from local libraries to expand computer access in public libraries across New York State.
According to a press release, the library will use the funding to create a “Help Center” on the second floor of the library, “with professional staff to assist with job searches, filing e-forms and accessing social services, and utilizing technology to connect with needed resources. Additional computer stations and trained computer instructors and assistants will allow for expanded training and one-on-one guidance. Classes in improving job opportunities, starting a business and other employment-related support will be also offered on a regular basis.”