From the Director - March 2009

Melissa Carr, DBRL Director

In the current economic climate, when many people are looking for jobs or trying to cut back their spending, we’re responding to these needs by offering new services and promoting some of our long-standing services.

DBRL’s collection contains a large selection of career-related materials, including books on resumé writing and interview skills. We also recognize that many job hunters must now apply online, so we’re offering special computer sessions just for filling out job applications or working on resumés every Tuesday morning in Columbia and monthly at the Callaway library.

Many people are also coming to the library to brush up on their work-related computer skills with our self-guided tutorials and our other free computer classes. All three of our libraries offer public access to computers with basic software and high-speed Internet access, and we provide wireless access for those with laptops, all free of charge.

The library can help you save money on entertainment, too. Free programs for both children and adults are a rich resource for entertainment and education, and checking out CDs or DVDs is another way to reduce your “going-out” expenses. If you’re looking to save for the long term, our collection also offers lots of information about budgeting and personal finance.

On our new web site, you’ll find subject guides and online databases that may be helpful for those with financial worries. These resources include links to local job postings, resumé help, respected sites for investing and financial planning, agencies that help with utility bills, energy conservation programs, practice tests for career-related exams, car repair manuals and more. Visit our virtual branch, to see what’s available.

And, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Friends of the Library book sales in Columbia, Fulton and Ashland where you can get gently used books for very low prices, with all of the proceeds going to support library services.

I’d like to end by mentioning that April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week, and we have many volunteers to thank, including our fabulous Friends from all three libraries, the members of the DBRL Foundation, our board members who put in many hours of service every month governing the library system, and all the other volunteers who help make our libraries run smoothly. We greatly appreciate their support and all they do for the library.

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