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Help for Job Searchers

January 15th, 2014


Job Search Neighborhood

If a person is unemployed they have two options:

1. Keep searching for work.

2. Hire themselves by starting their own business (which we will cover how to do in upcoming Curtis Money posts).

Curtis supports job seekers with a plethora of resources.

Curtis’ Job Search Neighborhood

On the second floor of the library, we have:

  • Professionally maintained, high-speed Internet connected PCs for online job searching.
  • A collection of up-to-date books on all aspects of job searching including how to create a resume, job interviews, cover letters, et al.
  • Software for creating resumes and cover letters (Curtis staff members will be standing by to assist)
  • A black & white network printer for printing resumes and cover letters ($.10 per page)
  • One-on-one assistance from professional librarians with the technical and non-technical aspects of 21st century job searching

Every new day is another chance to change your life.

Library Services for Businesses and Self-Employed

January 14th, 2014


Reference Books and Public PCs with Microsoft Office

  • Business books in collection on a variety of topics from starting a business, promoting a business, management issues and more
  • Online business databases with articles from business journals, trade publications, magazines
  • Financial Literacy collection – budgeting, investments, saving, etc.
  • Free WiFi
  • Public computers with Microsoft Office (save your work to a flash drive or your Dropbox – be sure to ask for help if you need it)
  • Photocopier- black & white only, 10 cents per page
  • Tutoring Rooms for meetings with 2 to 5 people (can reserve up to a week in advance)
  • Research Assistance from Professional Librarians

>>>> Business and Community Partnership Program

Maine Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

January 13th, 2014

heating assistanceThe Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (commonly called LIHEAP or HEAP) provides money to low income homeowners and renters to help pay heating costs.

Eleven Community Action Programs distribute the funds throughout Maine, in most cases directly to the fuel vendors.

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $16,755
2 $22,695
3 $28,635
4 $34,575
5 $40,515
6 $46,455
7 $52,395
8 $58,335

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,940 per additional person.

The Opportunity Alliance

Contact your local Community Action Program (CAP) agency to apply:
The Opportunity Alliance
Phone: 207-553-5800
Toll Free: 800-698-4959
TTY: 207-874-1013

NOTE: If you need assistance accessing and applying for any and all of the benefits that Maine residents are entitled to – please ask a Curtis Librarian.

FINRA Financial Literacy Quiz

June 18th, 2013

Take the Take the Financial Literacy Quiz and see how you compare to the state or national results.

5 Ways to Supplement Your Income Using Library Resources

May 21st, 2013

Contemporary public libraries are not just about books, music and movies.

You can also use the resources at Curtis to improve your financial situation.

  • Search the library catalog for books on how to start a home or online business. Need help? Ask a reference librarian.
  • Make yourself more marketable in the job market by gaining additional computer skills and/or preparing for examinations. Need help? Ask a reference librarian.
  • Check out a book on How to sell on eBay. Need help? Ask a reference librarian.
  • Do you have a story to tell? Search the library catalog for books on self-publishing. Search MARVEL! for articles on self-publishing. Need help? Ask a reference librarian.
  • Use the library’s job search computers to search for a 2nd job and to update your resume. Need help? Ask a reference librarian.

In addition to providing guided access to the information and technical know-how necessary to make money by starting a business, selling on eBay, self-publishing a book and/or acquiring a second job, Curtis also provides public PCs, printers and free Wi-Fi.

Need help with the computers?

Curtis librarians are often able to provide assistance with basic computer tasks such as editing and formatting resumes, exporting Word documents as PDFs (necessary for self-publishing) and uploading digital photos (recommended for creating eBay auctions).

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

― Anne Herbert