Libraries aren’t just a repository for books anymore. Here are just a few suggestions of what the Tacoma Public Library offers to check out.
- Take advantage of the Library’s Education and Job Center. Job seekers can take free classes with leading regional career coaches; receive GED preparation; have access to computers with job-related software; and obtain information about colleges, technical schools, and financial aid.
- Learn about worker cooperatives. Tacoma libraries are offering workshops this month for people to learn more about business entities that are owned and controlled by members. Tacoma Libraries are also offering the ability to participate in Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives. This is a great way for people to learn how to create and maintain a cooperative in a fun and interactive way.
- Prepare for the SATs. Students can use a free online homework and test preparation site called HelpNow to prepare for the SAT test. In addition, Tacoma Public Schools are offering high school seniors the chance to take the SAT exam at no cost on October 16 as part of SAT day.
- Take online courses. The library system offers many courses on multiple topics through Learn4Life that can be accessed anytime, anywhere on the Internet.
- Utilize resources to complement a job search. The Washington State Library is a great resource that helps job seekers put together strong resumes and cover letters, helps them find and apply for jobs locally, shares information about how to file for unemployment, and includes resources of job listings.
The library system understands the economic challenges of today and is going beyond the traditional function of book borrowing to help support the community. Take advantage of these great programs offered by our local library system and continue to visit their website or subscribe to their e-mail newsletter to learn about new and upcoming opportunities.