The Pawling Free Library is the recipient of a 2017 MHLS Outreach Mini Grant Program grant which will be used to enhance educational programming for community seniors. According to Brian Avery, Library Director, the library receives many requests for computer classes. "These requests originate most frequently from residents who are senior citizens. With this grant, we will not only be able to offer classes, we can contract for a professional teacher who will teach classes that treat more advanced topics than basic computing."
The grant funds are provided by the New York State Library Division of Library Development. This is the fourth grant received by the Pawling Library this year. Library grants provide additional resources that are used to enhance community programming at all age levels.
The Pawling Library is a resource that provides programming for all members of the community, as well as offering a communal place where residents can come together. Mr. Avery continued, " Computer literacy is a core skill in the modern world. This grant will allow us to cultivate that skill within our patron base and to cut through the digital divide that prevents many library users from having access to the opportunities and resources that can help them thrive. Pawling doesn’t have a senior center or a YMCA or a comparable institution; therefore, people here rely on the library to provide the resources we as a community need in order to ensure the continued growth and success of Pawling residents. With this grant, we will be able to satisfy our community’s repeated requests for computer training and to re-establish the library as a place where people can come to learn about technology."
Classes provided by this grant will be available this fall. For further information about this grant and upcoming programming, please log onto the library's web site at www.pawlinglibrary.org or call 855-3444.