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Waterloo library offers job search resources

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Often times when people loose their job, they contact Iowa Workforce Development to submit unemployment benefits and seek assistance. Tuesday they received more calls than their phone system could handle. But what many don't realize, many of those same resources can be found in Waterloo, at the Waterloo Public Library.

Roy Henson visits the learning lab at the waterloo library at least two times a week.

"I'm job seeking, trying to find work," said Henson.

He's searching for a job using the library's learning center and web site.

"I'm not a computer person but I thought I'd give it a try and maybe get some ideas and maybe get some job leads," said Henson.

But he's isn't the only one using this resource.

"We've had a lot more people in using the computer in here because they can use them and have a little more time. Cause we all know the job search takes quite a bit of time," said Learning Center Librarian, Kristi Anhalt.

And this time of year it's tough to find a job, especially with the layoffs happening across the nation.

"Work this time of year is kinda slow," said Henson.

But at the learning lab, people can find more than a job.

"We find that this is really important to the public because lots of times they don't know how to do things. Lots of times they just need a little confidence booster," said Anhalt.

A confidence booster, that's free, and giving people, like Roy Henson, hope for the future.

"It's be nice to catch a job and pay some bills. Buy some Christmas presents, my children would like that," said Henson.

The learning center also offers help with homework, resumes, e-mail and word processing. They help people of all ages and skill levels.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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