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Unemployed Can Turn to Lewisboro Library for Help

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – This Labor Day the news for those looking for work is unfortunately not good.

The Labor Department Friday reported that U.S. employers added no net workers in August, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest job report since September 2010 and the first time since 1945 that the Labor Department filed a job report with no net workers added.

For Lewisboro residents who have joined the ranks of the unemployed, the public library is there to help. The library has a plethora of resources ranging from resume-writing assistance to online job search systems.

Library Director Cindy Rubino said she has seen an uptick in the number of people using those resources in the past two years. The library provides computers for public access and it has free Wi-Fi. You don’t have to be a member to use the library's services.

“We are seeing more and more,” she said. “Some people have had to give up their Internet because they lost their job and can’t afford it, so they come here.”

One free service the library offers its members is the Jobs & Career Accelerator, an online job search system designed to help overwhelmed job seekers find employment.

For those looking to improve their training and education to increase their chances of landing a job, the library offers the Learning Express Library, which has more than 300 practice exams and courses for students and adults to help achieve academic and career goals. Offerings include GED, Advanced Placement, ACT, SAT, as well as Civil Service careers, cosmetology, law enforcement and more.

Through the Westchester Library System, job seekers can take advantage of workshops such as “Managing Your Career in Changing Times,” or “Take Charge! Career Planning After 50.”

“These classes are given at various locations throughout the county through the Library System,” Rubino said. “They’re usually held at the bigger libraries.”

The library also has a large selection of books that could come in handy for those seeking a job or career change.

“We have books on how to open a new business and how to write a business plan. There are books on resume and cover letter writing, there’s directories on what types of careers are out there," Rubino said. "There are books on apprenticeships and books on picking a job or career based on your personality. Anything to help you think outside the box.”

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