OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Johnson County, Kansas, Library has rolled out a new series of programs to help people find a job and manage their money.
The career and finance programs are virtual and free. Anyone in the world can participate in a class, not just library members. The courses compliment the library’s website dedicated to similar information.
“We do it to increase the knowledge and the abilities of everybody who walks through these doors,” Dylan Reiter, an adult information specialist at the library, explained.
Over the next few months, the library will host programs to help participants polish their resume, improve their skills at job interviews, better balance their budgets, be on the lookout for scams and much more.
The library timed the series of programs for the fall in anticipation of increased demand. Unemployment benefits have changed for many people who relied on that service in the first few months of the pandemic. Plus, with school back in session, parents may have more free time to participate in a class of their own.
One librarian said the programs are designed to help people who need it most.
“It is rewarding to think you’re putting information in the hands of people, or at least pointing them to information, that, if they take advantage of that information, it can make a difference in their lives,” Marty Johannes, a career and finance librarian, explained.
Classes are free. If someone cannot attend a live stream, the library posts recordings from most of its virtual classes on its YouTube account so they can be watched at any time.
For a list of upcoming programs, visit the library's website.
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