Parish library offers more than just books

Published 12:03 am Friday, September 28, 2007

VIDALIA — Vidalia residents seeking help with learning how to write resumes or find job listings need look no further than their local library.

Job training service Workforce Specialists in Ferriday was having so many people referred to their office from around the parish that they had to open a satellite location in Vidalia, Becky Day with Workforce Specialists said.

In this case, the satellite is in the Vidalia branch of the Concordia Parish Library,

Email newsletter signup

The satellite office is open from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday, Day said.

“People who can go to the library might have trouble getting to our office,” she said.

Some of the training workforce specialists offers includes teaching people who don’t know how to write resumes, how to search online job databases and they even offer some job referrals, Day said.

The computer training is an area many of workforce specialists clients need help in, Day said.

“Some people are very proficient and can do everything themselves, and others can barely type on the computer,” she said.

Other clients just need someone to point them in the right direction, Day said.

“Some people don’t know how to access online databases even if they are computer savvy,” she said.

The workforce specialists station in the library is on the second level of the library, out of the way of the location’s main bustle to allow for privacy, Concordia Parish Library Head Librarian Amanda Taylor said.

“It’s a private area to allow people to talk freely about what kind of job they want,” she said.

The program has already had some success since it started, Day said.

“Hopefully more people will come as they hear about it through word-of-mouth,” she said.