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Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center re-opened to the public on April 24, 2012 after an eight month closure for remodeling. The renovation tripled the number of public computers available at the location. New features include a First Five Years area, a community multi-purpose room, training room, study room, space for customers using WiFi and laptops to "plug in," and a reading lounge.
The project was funded through a one-time 2008-2009 Community Development Block Grant Stimulus awarded to the City of Phoenix under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The total project cost was just over $1.6 million.
The library's Workforce Literacy Center assists job seekers by offering classes in resume writing, interviewing skills, computer use, GED preparation and English as a Second Language. It also offers PhoenixWorks - a collection of materials to support workforce needs including resume writing, occupational testing, language learning and computer skills.
The library will continue to provide a full range of library services including a collection of newspapers and magazines, books, DVDs and CDs designed to meet community members' educational and recreational needs, and a Spanish-language collection with fiction and nonfiction, magazines, newspapers, fotonovelas, CDs and DVDs. The library offers programming for families including storytimes and, coming soon, programming for adults to increase employment opportunities.
City of Phoenix Council District