For immediate release | May 3, 2019

Public libraries in Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia awarded funding for workforce development

CHICAGO -- Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the names of another 36 libraries across five states, which have been selected to receive funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Grow with Google. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that public libraries across the nation receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers and businesses. With the addition of Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia the total number of grantee libraries is now at 56. The other 20 libraries are in Pennsylvania, the first of 50 states to be announced. Click here to view the names and locations of the libraries.

The $1,000 grants can be used by libraries to continue or expand services and programs related to workforce development -- either to assist job seekers in finding or preparing for work, or to empower small businesses to grow online. Grantee libraries will integrate Grow with Google programs into events or ongoing workshops to address the needs of their communities. In addition to the funding, awardees will receive marketing support, technical guidance, advocacy tools and a community of practice with the goal of drawing attention to the services libraries provide.

Opportunities in all 50 states will open in conjunction with Grow with Google tour events. As the tour progresses to each state, applications will open for libraries seeking Libraries Lead with Digital Skills funding. After programs are completed, at least one grantee library per state will receive a “spotlight” award, including an additional $3,000 and opportunities for ALA, PLA, and Google to promote their library’s program as a best practice. For tour dates, application deadlines and lists of each state’s awardees, visit Follow the conversation at #Libraries Lead and #GrowWithGoogle @ALALibrary and @PLALibrary.

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About PLA

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 10,000 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.

About ALA

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access in information for all.

About Grow With Google

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 about the tour and upcoming events at

Related Links

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills

Grow with Google

Map of Grant Recipients


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)