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City's unemployed turn to library for Internet help

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The Nashville Public Library in downtown is now offering free assistance to job seekers looking to use the library's computers to find work.

Pam Reese, Web administrator for the library, said they've seen a "tremendous increase" in the number of people looking to find jobs and fill out applications online.

Through the new program, called "Hands on Help", library personnel and volunteers teach job seekers how to fill out the very basic job application online, attach a resume to an email, how to get an email and even how to set up an email account.

The computer class has been full so far this month.

"I'm not at all surprised by the response," said Reese.  "Times are tough."

Kenneth Edwards was laid off seven months ago.  He admits he is not that computer savvy and attended Tuesday's class.

"This is great," he told News 2.  "With the access to the computers, I can place applications online.  There are a lot of friendly people around here that are willing to lend their assistance and that's a part of my belief system, they are passing it on."
 
The library said they plan to continue Hands on Help for the next few months.

Through February, classes will be held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The schedule will change in March.

The one-on-one assistance is only available at the downtown location.

All Metro library branches have free access to computers and the Internet.

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