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Kingsport Public Library offers wide range of services for youth and adults

staff report • Mar 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

There was a time when a person thought of the library as a place to only check out books. While you can still do that, the current Kingsport Public Library is full of programs and services, and provides a variety of learning tools for individuals of all ages.

"The Job College Center in the library provides information about colleges and professions. There is information there on how to write a resume, a cover letter, or how to find the right job for your skills, depending on your age, or if you are considering a second job," said Helen Whittaker, manager of the Kingsport Public Library. "We help people find jobs." 

Two career databases are available through the library website.

Career Cruising is an online career guidance and planning system to find the right career, explore education and training options, and build a portfolio. Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career.

The library also offers free computer classes on a regular basis covering basic computer skills, as well as how to use the Internet, email, and Microsoft office programs.

Technology is constantly changing the services the library provides. The library now has downloadable free e-books. With their library cards, individuals may download the free e-books to their computers, eReaders or tablets. The library app can be downloaded to smart phones or tablets. The library also has a limited number of e-readers available for check out. There are books on CDs and Playaways. Parents can also check out Playaway Views, a new all-in-one video player. It comes preloaded with the best in kids’ video content.

Paws to Read is a unique and fun program for children, where a child can sit and read to a certified therapy dog. This takes place at various times throughout the month, and sign up is required for this popular event.

"We have seven therapy dogs come to the library for an hour at a time; kids sign up for a 20-minute time slot to read aloud to them," said Rebecca Hall, director of youth services. "The children and the dogs love it, and it allows the children to practice oral reading. It's a very popular program."

The library is also preparing for its Summer Reading Program, which will be held from May 28 through July 31. Themes this year are "Dig Into Reading" for children and "Beneath the Surface" for teens.

If you would like more information about the library, call 423-224-2539, visit the website at kingsportlibrary.org or "Like" the Kingsport Public Library on Facebook or Follow it on Twitter.

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