Indy Library & Comcast Partner to Bridge the Digital Divide
August 23, 2012
Speaking on behalf of a new partnership between the Library and Comcast to provide free computer and Internet training classes to low-income households included (left to right) Tony Glass, Comcast Vice President of Customer Care; Jackie Nytes, Library CEO; Vernon Williams, Indiana Black Expo Vice President of Communications; and Steve Talley, Indianapolis City-County Councillor, District 11.
Representatives of The Indianapolis Public Library and Comcast have announced a partnership to improve the digital literacy skills of Marion County residents through free computer and Internet training classes at the Library.
Comcast officials announced during special ceremonies on August 23 at Central Library the company's $10,000 sponsorship of a series of free, hands-on computer training classes for adults scheduled at Central Library (40 E. St. Clair Street), the Glendale Branch (6101 N. Keystone Avenue) and the East 38th Branch (5420 E. 38th Street) throughout the remainder of 2012.
Comcast sponsorship of Library computer classes coincides with the company's goal of supporting programs that help create a digital knowledge-based economy, including those that benefit youth as well as older citizens. The sponsorship comes on the heels of Comcast's $25,000 support for the Library's 2012 Summer Reading Program and digital activities in the Learning Curve at Central Library, a leading-edge technology environment for children, teens and families. Both initiatives are intended to address the ability of adults and children to better interact with the ever-changing world of technology, electronic media and information.
"This is an exciting and extremely important initiative for Comcast. Developing digital literacy skills in young people is essential to their future," said Tim Collins, Senior Vice President of Comcast its Heartland Region. "Along with digital education, young people from diverse communities will experience a unique opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of others by cultivating leadership skills, impacting their neighborhoods through community service and preparing for their bright futures in the workforce."
"Through the power of such partnerships, we are changing lives everyday in our community," said Jackie Nytes, Library CEO. "From incentivizing children to read to teaching adults necessary computer skills, this is an effective model for success in which the Library is proud to play a role."
"The benefits to our community as a result of this support are many," stated Steve Talley, Indianapolis District 11 City Councillor and supporter of Library initiatives that foster early literacy and technology skills among children. "The technical skills that adults acquire from these classes can be transferred throughout the home so that children can grow up with an ability to compete socially and academically."
Library computer class schedules can be found by contacting the participating libraries or by visiting www.indypl.org.