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1 Presentation to Town Council February 10, 2015 Education for the Community

2 GALE COURSES Product of Gale Cengage Learning who also provide the library with discounted large print books. Recommended by other library directors. First year funded through Alleghany Foundation Grant. Presentations to Virginia Employment Commission, Goodwill, and Sale/Alleghany Adult Education [GED]. Potential to make the library the most essential life-long learning institution in the community.

3 GALE COURSES Gale Courses are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations and include:Bureau of Labor Statistics Computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced Starting a business Courses in parenting, the arts, hobbies A multitude of health and wellness offerings Courses are available for a six week period w/ ten day extension if needed

4 BENEFITS TO PATRONS Easy: Signing up with their library accounts, streamlining the enrollment process Free: The courses are for libraries to offer as a free community resource. Accessible: Courses can be accessed anywhere, any time, on any computer with internet access. Engagement: Online discussion areas bring the learner and instructor together for feedback and encouragement. Recognition: Patrons receive a "Record of Completion" certificate after successfully finishing a course.

5 FIRST QUARTER STATISTICS Eighteen patrons currently enrolled Three patrons completed courses Eight patrons enrolled in keyboarding Six patrons enrolled in computer applications One patron enrolled in web site design One patron enrolled in creative writing One patron in introduction to Photoshop One patron in genealogy basics

6 PROMOTION Promotional materials handed out at library Social media Press releases Posters in the community Present to Social Services, Alleghany Public Schools, and Dabney Lancaster Community College

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