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7 Ways Your Library Can Save You Money

April 11, 2014 by storysean

Energize your household budget

The following tips are great ways to cut costs at home, while using the library.

1.    “Subscribe” to the library. Have you cut out magazine subscriptions at home or stopped the paper? Come to your local library branch to read the current issues of your favorite magazines. Don’t forget you can check-out back issues of almost all magazine subscriptions and take them home.  Many people don’t know that they can also access online periodical (magazine) databases on the library website.  You can easily connect to thousands of full-text articles in your favorite magazines and newspapers.  Take a look at our online magazine databases at

2.    “Watch” a movie from the library. Did you know the library has current DVDs and music CDs?  Take a break from high rental rates and choose a DVD at one of our eight locations for a family movie night. We might even have the hard-to-find title your local video store can’t get in for you. Can you really afford not to check-out a movie with no rental fee?

3.    “Read” first then buy.  Do you buy a lot of books?  Think about checking books out and then buying those you can’t do without.  The library can find just about any title you can imagine.  If we don’t own it, we can most likely get it from another library in the United States or world. Inter-Library Loan is a great low-cost service for those whose need the hard-to-find titles.

4.    “Access” our Internet and Wi-Fi.  Each Lincoln City Libraries location has free Internet and Wi-Fi available.  Make it a habit to enjoy our spaces and save at the same time.  Don’t be afraid to come in and enjoy our locations to escape the heat or find comfort away from the cold.

5.     “Attend” free programs at the library.  Your library offers comprehensive programming for both kids and adults.  These high quality programs include music, computer classes, guest speakers, book groups, arts and crafts, movies, and more.  Our summer reading programs for kids attracts thousands of attendees each year.  And One Book One Lincoln programming has become one of the signature adult events each year.  

6.    “Save” gas and walk to one of the local branches near home.  While there, research which cars are most economical, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, and maximize household savings by learning how to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency.

7.    “Find” a new job or learn a new skill.  When you’re in, take a look at our résumé building books or job-hunting resources.  Some of these resources can even be accessed from home as eBooks.  You’ll also be amazed at the variety of free classes the library offers throughout the year.  It’s never too late to add some new tricks to your bag.  Energize your job search with tips from Lincoln City Libraries.

See seven more ways the library can save you money

Would you like some more information on how much your library is saving you out-of-pocket?  Visit our Library Value Calculator and find out what Lincoln City Libraries could save you.

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Energize Your Job Search

November 04, 2013 by storysean

Know When New Jobs Become Available

It is often difficult and time consuming to track new job listings as they become available. One solution is to subscribe to an RSS Feed from the job listing sites you are interested in following.For example: many sites incorporate RSS Feeds to allow people to become aware of brand new postings as soon as they are made available. An RSS Reader like Bloglines or some browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox all have options for users to sign up for an account and manage multiple feeds.

You can view an informative video about RSS here.

For those sites that don't publish RSS Feeds, you can use a tool like Page2Rss, which allows users to subscribe to any Webpage and monitor it for updates through their RSS Aggregator.

You may find help navigating the job search process with Lincoln City Libraries' JobNow, a free interactive resource available daily from 2-11pm, seven days a week. ReferenceUSA, another of our online resources, also includes job and internship listings.

It may also be a good idea to refresh your contacts with past employers, colleagues, and others in the hunt. One option is to make these connections via a Social Networking site for professionals like LinkedIn. LinkedIn lets users create profiles that highlight their accomplishments, past work experience, post resumes, and link to others in the same field.

Re-examine Your Resume

Many experts and employers remark that they think it is better to have a concise one-page resume. This ensures that employers that read resumes don't become uninterested or overwhelmed with the sheer mass of information they have to digest. If you can't keep it to one page, try to include all the pertinent information on the first page (pretend that if the employer were to lose the rest of the information that your first page could stand on its own).

Use one of hundreds of resume models found in Lincoln City Libraries' collection of resume books. Try differentiating yourself with words that actually explain what your responsibilities were, rather than inserting over-used power words, which often become barriers to eloquent explanation.

For a change, try writing your resume from a new perspective. Focus on what you actually did rather than what your responsibilities were. This can often give an employer a chance to ask follow-up questions at an interview.

Learn Some New Tricks

Explore options for learning new skills at the library. Lincoln City Libraries offers materials to help you learn computer software, effective searching, computer skills, and more.Try our books and eBooks on various subjects, which can help you gain additional skills to set you apart.

Research What Jobs Pay and Require

If you are thinking of pursuing a new career, you may want to consult our Occupational Outlook Handbook. This book gives job descriptions, career forecasts, and average salaries of hundreds of jobs. This handbook can also be found online at or at one of our locations. Our librarians can also recommend other useful resources for you when researching a job.

Prepare Yourself for Interviews

Use resources that Lincoln City Libraries makes available free of charge to its customers. Try using ReferenceUSA to research a potential company or find points of contact. This database can tell you things like who is in charge of the Human Resources department, number of total employees, links to business profiles, and more. Other research resources that might be helpful are periodical searches. These searches utilize a resource like our Magazine Article Search to pull up recent articles and information about a company. These resources are available at the library or through Lincoln City Libraries' Website.

Another great way to get a leg up is to research the company's Website. Often a company's Website can give you information on points of emphasis and importance, background information, recent news, and the mission statement.

Prepare by having an actual story about yourself and your accomplishments. Differentiate yourself from others who talk numbers and facts. By presenting a story that highlights a specific success, you personalize the interview for the employer. It has been well documented that storytelling makes connections and proves more memorable than abstract numbers and figures.

You may also want to have a plan for your first few months on the job that you could share with the interviewer. Even if the goals and specifics don't exactly match-up with the company's, you've suddenly become more than another face.

Don't Forget to Say Thanks

This is an important last step after an interview. By reiterating your interest and enthusiasm to your interviewer you have differentiated yourself from others, who have just shown up. Let them know that you'll follow up after a week or so to check in. It also never hurts to send a "thank you for the interview" note.




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