Google Brings Economic Opportunity Initiative, Grow with Google, to Pennsylvania

Google Heads to Martin Library January 30th

Google has announced that it is coming to cities and towns throughout Pennsylvania as part of the tech company’s Grow with Google iniative to help create economic opportunity in communities across the United States.  Pennsylvania is their first stop on a 50-State Grow with Google tour. They will be bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to the Free Library of Philadelphia (Parkway Central Branch, 1/28/2019), York County Libraries (Martin Library, 1/30/2019), and Erie County Public Libraries (Blasco Library, 2/1/2019).  The tour is in partnership with the American Library Association and offers  residents the opportunity to learn digital skills to help find employment, grow their careers and businesses.  York County Libraries share a mission with Google in that we both are working to equip today’s and tomorrow’ workforce with the skills needed for success.  

Train with Google

When:  Wednesday, January 30, 10 a.m. –  5 p.m.

Where:  Martin Library, 159 E. Market Street, York, PA

Cost:  Free


Workshops –  Pre-registration is required at as space is limited to 110 per workshop. NEW as of 1/24:  You can now register for more than 1 workshop!  So if there are additional courses you would like to take, sign up now!

1:1 Coaching – Attendees can sign up for coaching sessions at the registration table during the event. 

About the Workshops:

  • Digital Skills for Your Community (10:00-11:00)*

If part of your work is to serve job seekers, students or small business owners…this “train the trainer” workshop is for you.  Learn about free tools and resources that you can use to assist job seekers in conducting an online job search and learning new digital skills, and help small business learn how to reach customers online. This workshop includes curriculum that you can tailor for your own community needs.

*Please Note: This workshop is for library, chamber, education and nonprofit professionals who serve job seekers, students, or small business owners. This session is not open to the general public.*

  •  Get Found on Google Search and Maps (12:00-1:00)

Explore Google My Business, a free tool that helps local businesses stand out online. This workshop offers hands-on support to guide you through the steps for creating or claiming you Business Profile. Learn how to edit your business information, post updates, create a website, and more

  •  Reach Customers Online with Google (2:00-3:00) Workshop Filled

Learn how customer find your business online an how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We’ll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and Trends.

  •  Get Started with Email, Spreadsheets, and Presentations (3:30-5:00)

Do your best work from wherever you are. In this interactive workshop for beginners, anyone interested in learning more about Gmail, spreadsheets, and presentation will gain first-hand experience using these products and learn helpful tips on how to collaborate and stay organizes.


Ask a Googler!  Sign up for a 1:1 Coaching Session on January 30th

Attendees can sign up for a 1:1 coaching session with a Googler during the event at Martin Library.  It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A Googler will pair attendees with the right Googler based on their question and filling the time slots (20 minutes).

The Googlers are experts in their respective fields including Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google My Business, GSuite (Google Docs, Spreadsheets, presentations and Forms), Gmail and Google Calendar.  Ask them anything.  Most often questions range from the basic creating of a Google doc to in the weeds questions about Google Analytics and different kinds of code.  The Grow with Google staff tell us,  “We do our best to answer every question but if we don’t know the answer we can always find someone at Google who does.”