Job Hunters Swell Arkansas Libraries

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Some public libraries in Arkansas are coming to the aid of job seekers who find the going rough in a troubled economy. A handful of libraries are opening earlier for patrons who want a head start on reading job postings in newspaper classified ads.

Other job seekers are polishing resumes and honing their skills for free. Many libraries provide free Internet and free resume services.

Barbara Martin, director of the Arkansas Library Association, says that as a result the state's 231 public libraries are seeing an increase in usage - mostly by people looking for work.

The Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock reports a 15 percent increase in the number of patrons during the first six months of this year compared with the first half of last year. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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