From the Minnesota Post:
The St. Paul Public Library system operates a mobile computer lab that provides computer training and job-search help — in English and other languages, including Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
“Our brand is books, but really what we would like people to start thinking about more is learning,” says Rebecca Ryan, who as library community services coordinator managed the mobile lab. The idea behind the project, she says, was “to go where the people were.”
Ryan, now the manager of St. Paul’s Sun Ray Library, says that once people are exposed to libraries’ array of services, they’re more likely to visit an actual library.
Among topics discussed at an [Minnesota Library Association] conference last week in St. Cloud, [Kristen] Mastel [president of the MN Library Assoc.] says: ways librarians can work with social workers; Hennepin County libraries’ At Home service, which delivers or mails books to the homebound; and the addition of a meditation room to the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Library.
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