Library offers ‘Tools for Tough Times’

Sno-Isle Libraries introduces a new Web page dedicated to making life easier at work, at home, or at play: search for a job, get small business help, stay on a budget, do-it-yourself home repair, plan free activities for the family, and much more.

“Tools for Tough Times: We Have What You Need,” contains a comprehensive selection of recommended books and Web sites selected by Sno-Isle’s reference librarians.

Premium content is available online with a library card. While the big search engines can provide listings for many sites, Sno-Isle’s premium content comes from known, trusted sources vetted by professional librarians (

Library computers and free Internet access play a vital role in searching and applying for employment, preparing resumes, and filing for unemployment benefits. Sno-Isle Libraries has stepped up to offer resources for the growing trend of customers who need help with job-related activity. Many are first-time computer users. At the library, they can take classes to learn how to use a mouse or how to set up an email account, and librarians are available for one-on-one assistance.

Sno-Isle Libraries also offers programs designed to provide professional guidance to the community such as workshops led by a job search strategist, a financial advisor, or worker retraining representatives from area community colleges.

Upcoming Sno-Isle Libraries’ programs include “Finding Money for College,” Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Oak Harbor Library. To browse more free events and programs, visit

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