Written by Elizabeth Lanza Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
The Glen Cove Library has been selected by the Nassau Library System to be one of the four libraries in Nassau County to receive funding for a job club in response to the economic climate. This job club will be held at the library twice a week for two years. It is open to everyone - you do not need to be a resident of Glen Cove to participate.
The Job Club is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to change careers or to acquire the skills needed to find a new job. Participants will be able to learn different aspects of networking, résumé writing, interviewing and feel the support of people in the same boat.
“We are very grateful to the Nassau Library System,” said Antonia Petrash, director of the library, “we have a lot of hope that this will be successful and help people in a concrete way.”
The Job Club will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month, beginning Tuesday, July 6, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Library’s Community Room. A professional career counselor from the Workforce Partnership will facilitate the club. Each week, the same counselor will be there, so participants will be able to build a relationship with them. There will be a different focus every session so members will be able to learn about all aspects of searching for a job. There is no fee to attend, but participants are encouraged to go regularly. The library asks that participants call or stop by the Reference Desk to register as soon as possible. It is also recommended that participants drop off a résumé when registering.
There are 54 libraries in the Nassau Library System. The Glen Cove Library chose to join the Nassau Library System in hope that “[we] could share our strengths and share the benefits of a consortium,” said Petrash.
Glen Cove, along with Uniondale, East Meadow and Hillside, were chosen to receive this state grant. While Glen Cove will be working with WorkForce Partnership, two other libraries will be working with Hempstead Works.
The library did not apply for this but believes it was chosen because of its ethnic diversity as well as the range of income brackets that the city represents.
This club will have a broader effect on Glen Cove than just the two years of training. The Glen Cove Library Staff will have the opportunity to be trained to develop the skills to help people in the future with their career needs. Patrons will be able to ask career related questions to the staff at the library, which will be a wonderful resource for all interested.
The program is supported by the Federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant funds awarded to Nassau Library System by the New York State Library. The Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services allocated LSTA funding to states.
According to What Color Is Your Parachute, people who participate in job clubs have a success rate of 84 percent, much higher then those looking for a job without help or support. This statistic reinforces what a great opportunity Glen Cove has been given.
The director of Adult Services, Amy Gretchyn, said “We are very fortunate and have high hopes that the Job Club will be successful!”