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Oswego Public Library Teams Up With Literacy Volunteers

Submitted by Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County

OSWEGO, NY – Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. (LVOC) is partnering with the Oswego Public Library to provide classes at the library for low-level learners. With grant funds totaling $11,500 for the first year and the possibility of another $10,000 for the second year, LVOC will provide up to four hours per week of workshop instruction in the areas of job readiness, basic computer, financial and health literacy. Jane Murphy, Executive Director of LVOC, has been working closely with Carol Ferlito, Director of Oswego Public Library to ensure that the needs of the community will be met with this programming.

“I am excited that this partnership is one of the results of the newly created Literacy Coalition of Oswego County” stated Murphy. “LVOC and the literacy coalition have been blessed with the support and collaboration of the Oswego Public Library in promoting our mission and helping county residents.”

The first Basic Computer class is being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon beginning October 26 thru November 18. Classes are free but are limited to the first 10 people registered. Register by calling LVOC at 342-8839 by October 21.

In September 2010 the Oswego Public Library received the first installment on a two-year grant for $244,517 known as “Broadband Express @ your Library” This grant, filed by the New York State Library, a unit of the NYS Education Department, is part of the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program. Under this grant, the Library will be one of 30 computer centers established in New York State aimed at increasing public access to high speed broadband services.

The Oswego Public Library will establish a public computer center with increased staffing to oversee and establish classes in its computer room, purchase two new desktop computers aimed at serving the special needs of handicapped patrons, and fifteen mobile laptop units to be used in the library’s community room for larger groups. During the 2nd year of the grant, the library will be installing equipment which will allow for high-definition video conferencing in the Community Room.

Under this grant, the library will be hiring two FTE (full-time equivalent) positions: a Director, and two part-time technology instructors who will be working to further computer literacy with those students of a higher experience level. LVOC has been contracted to accommodate the needs of those with little or no experience in computer literacy. Announcements for opportunities as a technology instructor have been posted and are currently being reviewed.

“We’ve hired Maureen Southorn as Director of the newly established center,” said Carol Ferlito but the Library is still looking to fill its positions of Technology Instructors, which is a $14.00/hr position. For more information about these job opportunities or the computer center, contact Carol Ferlito at [email protected] or 341-5867.

For more information regarding ways to support Literacy Volunteers or what services are available, contact the LVOC office at 342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org. LVOC is an agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.