If you’re looking for a new job, the Jefferson Parish Library can help with your search, especially with advice about résumés and small-business resources.
Consider the following:
Louisiana Jobs and Career Center is a comprehensive site created by the State Library of Louisiana with federal funds. It includes job-search resources, between-job resources, résumé help, small-business resources and live online tutoring and other training.
Learning Express Library has practice tests and tutorial courses for civil service exams and popular occupations such as cosmetology, EMS, firefighter, nursing and real estate. It also has computer courses for Adobe and Microsoft, plus job search, résumé help and skill building.
Brainfuse has job resources, a résumé lab, live interview coaching with trained job coaches who can help users target jobs best suited to their interests and qualifications, an adult learning center that offers test preparation — including GED and citizenship tests — and a skills center with live, online tutors.
Tutor.com helps with career assessment, GED and citizenship tests, computer literacy, résumés and cover letters, interview tips and local job openings.
All one needs to access the above services is a valid library card.
Now is the perfect time for anyone in school to check out ways the library helps students with homework assignments. The Jefferson Parish Library has two main tools for students:
Brainfuse: HelpNow! provides free online tutors from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. It features a 24-hour writing lab, helps students create flashcards to study for tests and schedules virtual study sessions with friends. Students can take practice tests in various subjects, including the SAT and ACT.
HomeworkLouisiana provides free online tutoring from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. It features skill-building exercises, a writing center, test prep center and college center.
Roman battle writ small
Nick Marchetti, a longtime patron of the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, has created a miniature retelling of the Battle of Allia, which occurred on July 18, 390 BCE. It is located in the display case at the entrance of the library. In the battle, Brennus, a chieftain of the Senones, defeated the Romans and entered the city of Rome. In 387 BCE, Brennus led an army of Cisalpine Gauls in an attack on Rome and captured most of the city, holding it for several months. Brennus’ sack of Rome was the only time the city was occupied by a non-Roman army before the fall of the city to the Goths nearly 800 years later in 410 CE.
Music among the words
Four concerts will occur at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, in January. The first event is Memory Lane, a three-piece combo that will perform at 1 p.m. Jan. 7. The library’s annual harp concert, sponsored by the New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society, takes place at 2 p.m. Jan. 10. The Trombone Choir of the New Orleans Concert Band performs at 7 p.m. Jan. 13. The Nouveau Orleans Jazz Quartet, which focuses on banjo music, performs at 7 p.m. Jan. 21.
New Year’s resolution
Every week, the East Bank Regional Library hosts an author event in which an author talks about and reads from his or her book and signs copies for those who want to purchase them. During 2015, EBR hosted more than 115 local authors from all genres — fiction and nonfiction, romance, poetry, literary fiction, young adult and children’s fiction. Book signings are one way the library helps authors promote their words. During 2016, we hope to host at least 130 authors because we believe those who write are valuable members of our communities.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to http://www.jplibrary.net/ or “like” the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.