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Wolfforth Library gets $40K to help job seekers

August 6, 2014

By Karen Michael, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

Aug. 06--A $40,000 grant to the Wolfforth Library will fund new computers, printers, software and extra hours for library employees to assist job seekers.

Kim Brown, library director, said the library already assists job seekers, but she wants to do a better job at it.

"The entire state library system has already realized that libraries are being used by job seekers," Brown said. "We're becoming better educated to help them."

The Wolfforth Library is working with Workforce Solutions for the South Plains of Lubbock.

The library is also working with the Wolfforth Economic Development Corp., whose goals for economic growth coincide with the library's mission of helping job seekers who are using its resources.

Brown said the grant from the Texas State Library Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services was approved Friday. The funding will start Oct. 1.

"I actually have a webinar tomorrow on what comes next," Brown said Tuesday, adding she wants to make sure she dots all of her I's and crosses all of her T's.

But Brown said even though the Wolfforth Library isn't getting its money until October, job seekers can continue to use the library computers to fill out applications and work on their resumes.

"They can come in right now and we will be able to help them," she said.


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