Library Features: What's New @ The Library
EBPL Launches New Job Search and Career Navigation Service
East Brunswick Public Library now offers local residents access to New Jersey Career Connections, a new job search and career navigation service provided at local libraries and One-Stop Career Centers throughout the state.
Led by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and provided in partnership with the New Jersey State Library, New Jersey Career Connections offers local residents at all stages in their careers access to effective job search and career navigation services.
“Being a Career Connections library allows East Brunswick Public Library to help our customers in a completely different way,” said Library Director Jennifer Podolsky. “Job searching and career resources are two areas that our staff are always asked about, and we are happy that we are better able to provide these services.”
Some of the services now provided by the library include job search guidance by trained library staff, assistance navigating the New Jersey Career Connections website and referrals to local One-Stop Career Centers for advanced assistance. Nineteen local libraries, including the State Library, have received grants from the New Jersey Department of Labor to provide New Jersey Career Connections services.
New Jersey Career Connections services are available in person at One-Stop Career Centers and participating library locations as well as at CareerConnections.nj.gov, offering New Jerseyans the flexibility to determine how best to explore their career options. A list of all partner locations is available on the New Jersey Career Connections website.
The interactive, easy-to-use and mobile-optimized Career Connections website enables users to work independently, researching and accessing interactive tools at their convenience. In addition to an interactive job board, the new website features networking tips, up-to-date labor market information, interview advice, and easy access to government resources including unemployment insurance.
East Brunswick Public Library provides New Jersey Career Connections services Monday (9 am to 1 pm), Tuesday (5 pm to 9 pm), Wednesday (1 pm to 5 pm), Thursday (1 pm to 5 pm), Friday (1 pm to 5 pm) and Saturday (12 pm to 5 pm).
More information about New Jersey Career Connections can be found online.
January 2017 Computer Classes
Check out our computer class schedule for January 2017!
East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) has released a full schedule of computer classes for the month of January. Classes cover a variety of topics, including e-mail basics to the Microsoft Office programs. The complete list of programs is:
Intro to Word (Tuesday, January 3, 6:30 pm)
An introduction to the popular word processing program. Learn how to create, edit and save documents; how to format and print, along with tips and hints.
Prerequisite: PC Literacy or familiarity with the mouse and the keyboard.
Word II (Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 pm)
Students will build on the skills learned in the Introduction to Word. Learn to do paragraph formatting and about TAB settings, create headers and footers, use Find and Replace, insert bullets and numbers, subscripts and superscripts, AutoCorrect entries and WordArt.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Word or the ability to create, edit and save documents; copy and paste, and be familiar with the Office toolbars.
Word III (Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 pm)
Students will continue to build on the skills learned in MS Word II. Add interest to your documents by learning how to add and format tables and columns, as well as footnotes and endnotes. Pick up new skills for inserting images; and learn the basics of mail merge for letters, labels and envelopes.
Prerequisite: MS Word II or basic Word processing skills, such as copying and pasting, editing and saving, and the skills learned in Word II.
Word IV (Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 pm)
Students learn advanced Word document formatting and editing skills in this class. Content will cover using and creating styles and templates, inserting a table of contents (the easy way once you have employed styles), themes, cross references, reviewing documents and password protection.
Prerequisite: Word III or Word processing skills, such as copying and pasting, editing and saving, and the skills learned in Word II.
Email Basics I (Wednesday, January 11, 2 pm)
Learn to use electronic mail to communicate with others. Includes creating a Yahoo! web-based email account, reading, sending, replying, and forwarding messages.
Prerequisite: PC Literacy I and II or basic Internet and word processing experience.
Email Basics II (Wednesday, January 18, 2 pm)
Build upon the skills learned in Email Basics Part I. Students will learn how to set up an address book, create folders, attach files and avoid computer viruses.
Prerequisite: Email Basics Part One class or equivalent email experience AND a free web-based Yahoo! account.
Intro to Excel (Saturday, January 7, 9:30 am)
An introduction to the popular spreadsheet program. Learn how to create, edit and save spreadsheets, how to use formulas and print, along with tips and hints.
Prerequisite: MS Word class or equivalent PC experience.
Excel II (Saturday, January 14, 9:30 am)
Students will build upon the skills learned in Excel Basics. They will learn how to create equations, use AutoSum, freeze/unfreeze panes, hide/unhide columns, sort & filter data, format their document’s appearance and more.
Prerequisite: Excel Basics class or equivalent PC experience.
Excel III (Saturday, January 21, 9:30 am)
Students will continue advancing their intermediate skills in Excel. They will learn how to use the data tab to import data, do more work with formulas, create simple macros for repetitive tasks and explore more of the page layout options. As time permits, students will also explore Excel templates and conditional formatting in Excel 2013.
Prerequisite: Excel II or equivalent PC experience. Introduction to the new Microsoft Office is recommended.
Excel IV (Saturday, January 28, 9:30 am)
Students continue their mastery of Excel in this class offering. They learn how to create and modify pivot tables, to protect cells and worksheets, to create and use the payment function, to create and use forms for data entry, to use the VLookup function, learn the advantages for defining data as a table, and how to use Excel as an architectural design tool. In addition, the class will offer an overview of best practices for spreadsheet design.
Prerequisite: Excel III or equivalent Excel experience.
Intro to PowerPoint (Thursday, January 12, 6:30 pm)
Learn basic PowerPoint skills for creating and editing presentations; how to add excitement with images, animations, & transitions; & tips for viewing and saving. Presentation software guidelines used by professional trainers to create a professional looking slideshow will also be shown.
Prerequisite: Students MUST be comfortable using MS Word.
PowerPoint II (Thursday, January 19, 6:30 pm
Learn a variety of advanced tasks to embellish your PowerPoint presentations. This will include creating Slide Masters, detailed skills for adding images (clipart, shapes, WordArt and more) and manipulating them and how to insert charts. Animations and transitions basics will also be covered as well as a miscellaneous array of tips and hints for better navigation.
Prerequisite: Intro to PowerPoint or equivalent experience. Students must be comfortable with the basic PowerPoint framework and navigation.
PowerPoint III (Thursday, January 26, 6:30 pm)
Students will continue with the advanced topics learned in PowerPoint II. Topics covered include creating custom designs, dimming text, using SmartArt graphics, rehearsed timings, looping, hidden slides, quarter screen viewing and more as time permits.
Prerequisite: PowerPoint II or equivalent PowerPoint experience.
The Intro to Word, Intro to Excel, Intro to PowerPoint, Email Basics and LEAP iPad classes are free. All other classes are $10 for LMxAC cardholders and $15 for non-LMxAC cardholders. All class fees are nonrefundable.
To sign up for any class, visit the online library calendar at http://www.ebpl.org or call the Information Desk at 732-390-6767.