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March 5th, 2012 1:10 pm by Staff Report

Kingsport Public Library offers wide range of programs, services

Technology is constantly changing the services the library provides.

By Katina Rose

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, services, and provides a variety of learning tools for individuals of all ages.

The open job labs have become a very popular event. The next sessions of job labs will take place during the months of April and May, every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m., and are free to the public. Helen Whittaker, manager of the Kingsport Public Library, said, "Our staff usually spends about 80 percent of its time helping people find jobs or work on resumes." When individuals come into the open job labs held in the auditorium, they can receive one-on-one attention on how to use a computer to fill out an application, write a resume on the computer, or even how to learn the basic functions of a computer to assist them in obtaining a job.

The library also provides online career cruising, located on the library website, that provides practice interview questions. Additionally, there are sample resumes to view, and a questionnaire to offer guidance on career choices.

The job and career center in the library provides information about current job openings 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 Whittaker. "We help people find jobs."

The library also offers free computer classes on a regular basis on how to use the Internet, email, download photographs and Microsoft office programs.

Technology is constantly changing the services the library provides. The library now has downloadable free e-books for individuals with e-readers and a library card. The library also has a limited number of e-readers available for check out. There are books on CDs, and in the near future parents can check out the Playaway View, 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 various times throughout the month, and sign up is required for this popular event. The library currently has three dogs participating in the program, but would like to encourage more owners of certified therapy dogs to sign up for this beneficial activity.

One of the most well-attended and exciting events sponsored by the Kingsport Public Library is its annual Book Fair, this year taking place on Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11, at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium on 1550 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport. The preview sale for this event will be Thursday, March 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. with admission for this evening at $10. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 9-10, and 1 to 6 p.m., March 11. Admission is free Friday through Sunday. All sales for the event are cash only. There will be over 20,000 used books at bargain prices with a variety of children’s books, fiction and nonfiction available in hardcover and paperback. All proceeds go to support local literacy programs of the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library or First Book – Greater Kingsport. If you need additional information on the book fair, email

The Kingsport Public Library sponsors many events throughout the year. Upcoming events include gardening seminars on the first three Thursdays in March, a free event from noon to 1 p.m. The 2012 Great Decisions in the Tri Cities, a series of discussions on the nation’s foreign policy issues, will take place at the library in weekly sessions on Wednesday afternoons, beginning March 14 and concluding on April 25. There is a $20 cost for the text and registration is required.

If you would like more information on any of the above programs, or have additional questions, please contact the library at 423-224-2539, visit the website at or "Like" the Kingsport Public Library on Facebook.

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