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Get the skills to get the job at your library

Kelsy Been
Garfield Public Library District
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Are you one of many who have been hit hard by the recession? If you find yourself unemployed, underemployed, or if you just want to build your computer skills, check out the resources available at your local library. Before you know it, you could be equipped with the tools needed to secure gainful employment in today’s economy.

The Garfield County Libraries were recently awarded an $18,500 grant to fund a traveling laptop lab and an adult education program called GoToWorkshops@YourLibrary. We are partnering with Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to develop and conduct workshops that teach adults the basic computer and job-seeking skills necessary in securing employment.

This grant is funded through the federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA). The Garfield County Libraries are among 10 libraries statewide to receive LSTA funding this year.

Classes will be offered on a variety of topics, from beginning computer skills to job searching techniques to basic Internet proficiency.

Workshops will be held in all six libraries, with offerings for English and English as a Second Language students.

CMC will support the program by making referrals to these classes and by recommending qualified, trained instructors who have developed and facilitated computer classes and job skills workshops. Literacy Outreach will also refer bilingual trainers and students to these workshops. All entities will work together to promote this program and similar programs offered by CMC and Literacy Outreach.

Currently, CMC offers free Go2Workshops on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day at CMC campuses in Rifle and Glenwood Springs. These workshops are designed as unstructured, drop-in times when anyone can receive help from skilled instructors on any topic related to computer skills and job seeking.

GoToWorkshops@YourLibrary is designed as an expansion to this program. It will provide structured courses during evenings and weekends at all libraries from Parachute to Carbondale. Workshops held in New Castle will begin in April 2012, once the new facility opens.

To learn more about the workshops, check the libraries’ online calendar at or pick up a brochure at any library. Classes start in December and run through July 2012.

After 30 years and millions of questions answered, books recommended and smiles given out freely, Judy Martens has decided to retire from her position as branch manager of the Rifle Branch Library.

To celebrate and thank Judy for her dedication to the libraries and people of Garfield County, there will be a retirement party for her from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the library. Everyone is welcome, no RSVP necessary. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 625-4270.

The Garfield County Libraries are proud to host Colorado Mountain College adjunct professors Jim Campbell and Sandy Jackson to discuss their experiences at the Snowmass Village dig site during the summer of 2011. Jim and Sandy will be at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. They will also present at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information call the Gordon Cooper Branch at 963-2889 or Glenwood Springs Branch at 945-5958.

On Friday, 11-11-11 at 11:11 a.m., the Gordon Cooper Branch Library will be providing corduroy-inspired snacks to celebrate this unparalleled expression of linear clothing. Don’t wait another hundred years. Put on your corduroy and come to the library to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. For more information call 963-2889.

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