What’s happening at the Clark County Public Library 

By John Maruskin

Contributing columnist

Anyone looking for employment or wanting to change their career can meet with a representative of the Kentucky Career Center here at the library on the third Wednesday of each month for the rest of the year.

Staring Wednesday, August 18, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Alyssa Bustle, workshop coordinator for the Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass will have a table at the front of the Library to meet with people seeking work or who have questions about employee or employer programs.

Find out about services and programs offered by the Kentucky Career Center, by going to its homepage https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

The top of the homepage deals with unemployment benefits.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find helpful links for finding jobs.

Click on any of the links in the “Careers” box and you will find a page with a list of links under the heading “If you are Unemployed.”  Under that heading is a link titled “if you are unemployed.” Click on that link to find important information about claiming benefits by phone, unemployment resources, disability services, benefits appeals, resources for agricultural workers, resume and job search assistance and careers in demand.

“Careers in demand” includes videos about those industries, including education and experience required, average pay, work environment, and projected number of job openings over a five-year period.

Agriculture Workers can benefit from the services offered at Kentucky Career Center offices. Agriculture employment consultants help place farmworkers in jobs and ensure that migrant and seasonal farmworkers have access to the same services as the general public. Consultants also refer migrant and seasonal farmworkers to various support services and refer complaints to proper enforcement agencies. 

Resources I’ve described are a fraction of ones available through The Kentucky Career Center.

Alyssa Bustle, the representative who will be at the library, is from the Richmond office located at 830 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, 859-544-6004, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Kentucky Career Center website directs Clark County residents to the Richmond office. 

If you have job search, employment, or unemployment benefits question, come to the library to talk to Alyssa.

Public access computers at the library provide resume and cover letter templates that you can use to create those documents.  While reference staff cannot complete job applications for patrons, they can help patrons navigate difficult application functions and questions.

Because of the resurgence of COVID-19, the library asks all patrons, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to please wear a mask in the building.  This helps ensure the safety of staff and patrons. If you do not have a mask when you come to the building, a librarian will be glad to provide one for you. Simply ask at the circulation desk.

It’s time once again to keep in mind the mantra of 2020:  Wear your mask.  social distance.  Wash your hands. Take care. We like seeing you at the library.