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Saint Paul Public Library - Sun Ray

Partner AgencySaint Paul Public Library, Sun Ray Branch
Location(s)2105 Wilson Ave, Saint Paul
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Rebecca Ryan, Branch Manager

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP is a project of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Site History and Mission

Saint Paul Public Library serves a diverse urban population of immigrants, refugees, and native born residents, who come to public libraries for computer classes, resume writing assistance, job-search skill building, assistive technology, English Language classes, homework help, literacy resources, information searches, and media training. Sun Ray Library (200,000 visits in 2015 with 5000 youth and teens attending programs) serves many job seekers and learners developing their digital literacy skills.

Recent renovations to Sun Ray Library resulted in the creation of the Learning Center, where the CTEP will primarily be housed. The Learning Center is used for technology instruction, open lab time, and as a homework center. Sun Ray focuses on implementing e-learning programs for users who want a better job. Considerable synergy exists at Sun Ray between programs for adults and programs for young people, and the Americorps member can choose to participate in a wide variety of technologically- focused programs.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

Sun Ray Library is open 7 days a week, Monday-Thursday 10-8, Friday and Saturday 10-5:30, and Sunday 1-5. Members will primarily serve weekday hours with the possibility of occasional evening and weekend classes and workshops.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes in the workplace, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rdFridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory.  Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Site Specific Responsibilities

  • Raise community awareness of the power of information that can be accessed for free at the public library.
  • Provide one to one tutorial assistance with electronic and print resources encouraging workforce skills development and word processing skills acquisition
  • Develop and teach classes focusing on technology needs and literacy, based on community need in varying locations with new and existing technology.
  • Extend technology training and classes to job searchers, English language learners, new immigrants, and diverse communities.
  • Create partnerships with community and cultural organizations, and strengthen existing collaborations with community partners.
  • Encourage a variety of age groups to consider the library as a partner for lifelong academic and technology learning.
  • Build meaningful mentoring opportunities for talented volunteers.
  • Recruit and train new volunteers.

How to Apply

Apply online at my.americorps.gov and click on “Apply to Serve” (be sure to search for the “Community Technology Empowerment Project” or “CTEP” when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to).  Contact: Joel Krogstad, krogstad@spnn.org, 651.556.1384

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.