Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 15, 2013

The Martin County Library System joins nationwide campaign to increase digital literacy, internet access for 100 million “offline” Americans

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For immediate release:  April 15, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

(STUART, FL) – Digital literacy is critical to America’s economic future, and possessing these skills is now essential for accessing job and educational opportunities that will enable current and future generations to compete in the 21st century workforce. Still, roughly 100 million Americans do not have a home broadband connection and 62 million do not use the Internet at all. The Martin County Library System (MCLS) is committed to increasing digital literacy and access to technology and will play an integral role in Connect2Compete’s EveryoneOn national campaign designed to do just that. The initiative will further connect Martin County residents with programs that provide free Internet access, as well as free digital skills training classes.

All Martin County libraries provide access to the Internet via Wi-Fi and desktop computers. Members of the public can utilize the library’s online catalog, Microsoft Office and a multitude of trustworthy online information sources. Computer training is available at the Blake Library, Elisabeth Lahti Library and the Peter & Julie Cummings Library. These classes enable beginning computer users to gain the basic skills needed to develop more advanced skills. Also available at the Cummings Library is the idea lab, the library system’s hub for technological exploration, hands-on learning and digital video, photo and audio creation. The lab is a dynamic environment allowing patrons the opportunity to compile a portfolio, digitize photo collections or record original music.

The resources do not stop there! The Blake Library provides a technology volunteer each Thursday evening to answer patrons’ questions about electronic devices while the Hobe Sound Public Library offers a computer workshop the first and second Thursday of the month. Throughout the month of April, MCLS is also hosting numerous events highlighting various websites, including Skype and Pinterest, showing patrons how to connect with technology. Staff at each library are on hand and eager to support all ages and levels of users!

“The costs of the digital divide are clear and documented,” said Zach Leverenz, CEO of Connect2Compete. “Digital literacy skills are the key to education and economic opportunities for current and future generations. We’re thrilled that the Martin County Library System has joined in this nationwide effort to ensure that all Americans have the tools they need to compete in the digital economy, regardless of age, race, geography, income or education level.”

 EveryoneOn is a national campaign to motivate Americans to become connected and take advantage of free digital literacy training in their own communities. It is an initiative of Connect2Compete (C2C), a national nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate the digital divide by delivering free and low-cost Internet, computers and digital literacy training to all Americans. C2C has partnered with the Ad Council and Y&R to develop the national campaign, which is a three year, multimedia, bilingual effort.

For more information, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403 or visit the website at




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