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Your Public Library is More Valuable than Ever! (Part 3: Personal Development)

Libraries are about much, much more than just print books!

For the next few weeks we’ll be covering some of the reasons why your public library is more valuable than ever, and why your library card is the most valuable thing in your wallet!


This week’s blog: Personal Development.

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With your library card, you have access to a number of online tools and in-person classes that can help you develop your professional and personal skills! The best part? They’re all FREE! Are you looking to learn a new language? Brush up on your tech skills? Prepare for a test? Start and/or improve your job search? We’ve got you covered!


Here are just a few of the professional/personal development tools you have access to with a library card:


Language Learning Software

Let’s say you’re looking to improve a second language, or start learning one altogether. With your library card, you have complete access to two of the best language learning programs on the market!



Rosetta Stone Language Learning is proprietary computer-assisted language learning (CALL) software published by Rosetta Stone Inc. The software uses images, text, and sound to teach words and grammar by spaced repetition, without translation.

  • Rosetta Stone features over 30 languages.
  • It has interactive lesson plans that are suited to your skill level.
  • You may access more than one language.

Rosetta Stone Complete Latin American Spanish Course Retail Value = $249.99.
Rosetta Stone Complete Latin American Spanish Course Access with Library Card = $0.00.

Click here to start Rosetta Stone today!



Online language learning site includes: Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and others. Also includes a limited selection of ESL programs including English for Spanish speakers and English for Polish speakers.

Learning phrases like “the boy is running” or “the donkey ate the carrot” won’t help you build relationships or convey unique ideas. We believe it’s better to learn your new language through practical examples like “are you from around here?” or “excuse me, do you have the time?” With Mango, you will explore new languages through realistic and culturally accurate conversations. –From Mango Languages Online

Mango Languages Online is provided for free to our library and hundreds of other public libraries around the country.

Click here to start Mango Languages Online today!


Career/Job Search Help

Have you ever been on a job search and felt like you needed a boost? Or, are you not sure where to even begin? Are you looking to start a career in education? Whether it’s brushing up on tech skills, updating and improving your resume, or researching the latest trends in your career field, as a patron you have access to free resources that can help!


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Learning Express provides free online practice tests and test preparation for Franklin Township Library users. Different practice modules and lessons include Career Preparation, Adult Core Skills, and Computer Skills! With these resources, you can learn how to use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.), brush up on your math and reading skills, prepare for a career entrance exam, and more!

To use this service you must register online for a password using your library card number. When Learning Express asks you for a User Name please enter your 14-digit library card number as your User Name.

Click here to get started with Learning Express Library!


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With Job and Career Accelerator, you can create resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams. It also gives you access to millions of job listings!

Click here to begin working with Job and Career Accelerator!


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ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966. If you are currently and educator, or if you’re looking to begin a career in education, then you are definitely going to want to become familiar with ERIC!

Click here to start exploring ERIC! (Click Databases by Name, then scroll to E.)


In-Person Tech Skills Help

Do you prefer to learn in-person? The Library also provides classes and one-on-one tech help! As always, they are completely free of charge!


The Library offers 3 in-person classes each month on a number of tech-related topics! Examples include Introduction to MS Excel and Word 2013, Social Networking, Google Chrome and Google Apps, and more!

To see what classes are available each month and to register, go to our online calendar (click here) or call the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 ext. 111. (These fill up quickly, so if you see one that you’re interested in sign up ASAP!)

One-On-One Tech Help

If you have a specific tech issue that won’t be covered in class, you can book an hour long help session with Library staff! Topics might include general computer use such as help with typing, navigating the desktopinternet use, and help with email. Or, we can offer instruction with MS Office Programs, Phone Apps, or just about any other program you need help with!

To sign up for a one-on-one tech session, you need to call the reference desk at 732-873-8700 ext. 111, or come to the desk in person to fill out a form.



Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Part 4 of “Your Public Library is More Valuable than Ever!”


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