North Country Library System to Offer Free Computer Classes

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Published November 26
, 2010

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  --  The North Country Library System and the public libraries in Carthage, Oswego and Potsdam are embarking on a combined campaign to grow a more computer literate and employable workforce in Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

Chosen for their close relationships with the communities they serve, and funded with portions of a $976,000 federal two-year grant, these “learning libraries” are offering a wide array of no-cost classes, courses and workshops to area citizens, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Said Don Keruskie, Learning Center Coordinator at North Country Library System, “The future of northern New York’s workforce depends upon our ability to be productive in a society that, every day, becomes more dependent upon computer technology. Due to our proven commitment to our communities, libraries have been entrusted to provide free access to present-day technology and training that will enhance digital literacy skills and produce a more efficient workforce. However, our libraries will continue to offer learning opportunities that enrich people’s lives in a variety of meaningful ways, as is the library’s mission.”

The libraries’ joint effort to reach out to northern New York residents has begun with a new website and an online course catalog, located at The libraries plan to install distance learning and teleconferencing equipment to help them share classes. This new capability will be available for local organizations, businesses and municipalities. 

An open house to highlight the classes and teleconferencing is planned for spring at the North Country Library System.

The North Country Library System has upgraded their existing computer lab and conference areas to  focus on free workshops for enhancing the technology infrastructure of nearby businesses and non-profit organizations. Meanwhile, Carthage Free Library, Oswego Public Library and Potsdam Public Library have begun using their funding to aggressively pinpoint and address the needs of their respective communities.

For more details about free learning opportunities to bolster your employability, sharpen your technology skills and make your workplace more efficient, please visit or contact the libraries

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