NEED OR WANT A JOB? NEED A LAPTOP AND WI-FI TO HELP? 

Look no further than your local Sno-Isles Library system.

Recently, Sno-Isles Libraries joined with Seattle Public Libraries and King County Libraries in a program designed to help individuals needing or wanting a job.  It is called Your Next Job and was launched back in July to assist people out of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   It does not stop there.  It can also assist individuals looking for a career change as well.

“We’re really excited to join this regional partnership in support of job seekers and promoting information literacy skills,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Adult Services Coordinator Emily Felt. “It’s a great service.”

Applicants submit their contact information, describe the help they need, choose their available days and times, and pick their preferred method of contact. Your Next Job services are available Monday through Saturday.  You can apply by going to spl.org/YourNextJob or by calling 206-386-4636.

The core of the service is a one-on-one appointment with a librarian, by phone or online. After assessing a participant’s needs, a librarian can offer help with basic technology skills, a new unemployment claim, suggesting new work skills, reviewing resume resources, applying for a new job, finding interview coaching resources, and referrals to community and social service organizations.

AND to get even better, Sno-Isles is now offering more laptops and W-Fig’s to go!  This means you can check out a computer and Wi-Fi hotspot connection to make your job search or remote learning so much easier.  Go to https://www.sno-isle.org/contact-us for detailed information on how to checkout a laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Sno-Isle Libraries customers can place a hold in the catalog under the new program to borrow one of 124 laptops or one of 50 Wi-Fi hotspots for use at home. Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout for one week, with a one-week renewal if no other customers have placed a hold on the equipment.

Sno-Isle Libraries has been loaning laptop computers to customers since October, but use was limited to community library parking lots. That service continues to be available.

The added benefit is this can also help our children with remote learning through these tough times.  If you do no not have access to a computer or Wi-Fi, this will give you one, so you and your children can stay connected until in-class learning resumes.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience.