MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's new Central Library aims to help adults retool job skills and help people become more attractive to potential employers.
"Employers expect people to stay up to date on digital," said Tana Elias, Madison Public Library's digital services and marketing manager. She says the library offers programs such as Photoshop for people who may not be able to afford them.
Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.7 percent, below the national average of 7.3 percent, according to the most recent jobs data. However, financial experts say part of the reason for the drop is because some people have given up looking for work.
The new Central Library hopes to help adults hone their skills using technology. More than 6,000 people attended the grand opening on Saturday and Sunday.
It took about 15 years and $30 million to build the world-class library. Madison Public Library's digital services and marketing manager Tana Elias says technology contributed to a healthy portion of it because of new wiring throughout the building. The state-of-the-art media lab cost $100,000 on its own.
Another area called "The Bubbler" is an interactive space that's mainly targeted towards adults.
"We find that people often stop coming to the library after they're teenagers and don't return until they have small children, so this is a way to bring those adults back," Elias said.
The Bubbler features computer applications available to do stop-motion graphics, sound editing, and other multimedia programs to help adults retool their skills.
There's also a 10,000-sq-foot children's area features an iPad bar, where kids can use apps that focus on reading.
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