Libraries offer help in these tough economic conditions |

Libraries offer help in these tough economic conditions

Library Spotlight
Patricia Conway
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Patricia Conway

Are you feeling challenged by the current economy? The Garfield County Library District stands ready to help. For those who have been laid off, we offer computers where you may set up an e-mail address and search or apply for jobs. It is also possible to use a computer to file for unemployment and to write or update a resume. Aside from a nominal printing charge, library computers are free. They are available for 30 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis, with options to extend your time if no one is waiting. Our branches also feature free wireless service.

Perhaps you have decided to change careers or further your education. The library website furnishes a database called Learning Express, which features test preparation for many professions, including the postal service, law enforcement and civil service. Additionally, there are practice exams for the GED, college entrance and graduate school. If you have never used a computer before, don’t despair. A handy booklet titled “Basic Mouse Skills” is available free of charge at any branch, along with one titled “Basic Email Skills” which provides step-by-step instructions for setting up and using an e-mail account. If you are having difficulty, ask a librarian for computer assistance.

Of course the library also offers books. There are volumes written on job hunting and writing a resume. Titles such as “The 30-minute Resume Makeover” or “How to Answer 65 of the Toughest Interview Questions in Any Job Industry” offer guidelines to help you approach the job search with confidence. Books are also available for studying for a GED or other standardized tests. If we don’t have the book you need, we’ll order it for you from a neighboring library.

Many of us are feeling the need to be creative with our money. Watch for a book coming soon titled “10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.” Another title that caught my eye was “The Secrets of Simplicity: Learn to Live Better with Less.” Economical food shopping is sure to be easier with “Three Dollar Meals: Feed Your Family Delicious, Healthy Meals for Less than the Cost of a Gallon of Milk.” And when something breaks, don’t let it be your budget. Check out “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Simple Home Repair” or query the Chilton’s on-line database for automotive repair. Friendly librarians will help you with your search – all you need to do is ask. Finally, remember us at the end of a long day. Take a well-deserved break and enjoy some great fiction or a movie. Relax in the knowledge that your library is an affordable, welcoming and readily available resource for information and recreation. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Patricia Conway is branch manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

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