Library Web site database can help your job search

Reference USA, a database now available free on the Sisson Library Web site, could be your secret tool to finding a new or better job. Its U.S. Business module provides a wealth of information to assist in the process of identifying potential employers, submitting applications and resumes, and preparing for interviews. Additional modules expand your capabilities to reach more than 20 million potential employers in the U.S. and other countries, or create opportunities that may otherwise go unnoticed.

As more companies require that people looking for jobs submit applications and resumes electronically, it becomes even more important that you have accurate address and telephone information for your prospective employer. Reference USA makes more than 26 million calls annual to verify the veracity of their data.

You can refine your search based on the size of the business you want to work for and the geography that appeals to you. A Radius Search tool helps if you need to be close to public transportation or near a certain location. Using this and other data, you can create a custom list of employer possibilities and download it on an Excel spreadsheet.

You also can prepare for a productive job interview by researching the company you are interviewing with so that you can create a list of appropriate questions to ask the interviewer. You even can access maps and driving directions to get you to the interview location and locate hotels and restaurants nearby.

Other options: New Business data tells you where an entrepreneur is opening a new business and may need other people’s skills like accounting or bookkeeping. The New Movers and New Homeowners file tells you who may need services like painting, drywall or landscaping. The Lifestyle module helps you create a powerful marketing plan.

To access this free database, go to the library’s Web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org. On the left bar on the home page, click on Online Research. Scroll down to Reference USA. This is a restricted area so you will have to enter your library bar code and password.

Free lecture Saturday

The first of seven free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library on Saturdays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. starts this Saturday, March 21.

The inaugural talk in the new series is titled “From Page to Stage: Conversation with three contemporary American playwrights” from the Square Top Repertory Theatre. They will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the playwright’s process, and also do a reading from their current projects. All Lifelong Learning lectures are free to the public. We hope to see you there.

Book bargains

Our used books clearance sale continues. All soft cover (paperback and trade) books are 25 cents each or five for $1. All hardbacks are 50 cents each or three for $1. Children’s books are 10 cents each or a baker’s dozen (13) for $1. Take advantage of these low prices to expand your personal library and buy treasures for your youngsters.

Healthy eating

“Don’t Panic — Dinner’s in the Freezer” by Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell and Bonnie Garcia offers simple and economical alternatives to take-out and prepackaged foods. “Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating” by Mark Bittman explains how government policy, big business marketing and global economics influence what we put on the table each evening; it also includes more than 75 recipes.

New novels

“The Associate” by John Grisham is about a young law graduate who is forced to become an associate in the largest law firm in the world. “While My Sister Sleeps” by Barbara Delinsky is about a family dealing with a daughter and sister who suffers a massive heart attack. “What I Did For Love” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is about a down-on-her luck actress who once was costar of America’s favorite TV sitcom. “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave is the story of two women whose lives collide one fateful day. “The Heretic Queen” by Michelle Moran is set in ancient Egypt. “Beat the Reaper” by Josh Bazell is a thriller set in Manhattan’s worst hospital. “Irreplaceable” by Stephen Lovely is the story of two families whose lives intersect after a tragic accident.

Bilingual DVDs

“Animals/Los Animales” and “Let’s Play/Vamos a Jugar” are interactive bilingual DVDs for youngsters aged two to five who want to learn Spanish. “Alphabet” is a video and audio guide to learning English, French, German, Spanish and Turkish aimed at all ages.

Christian fiction

New inspirational romances include “Twice Upon A Time” by Lois Richer, “Daddy For Keeps” by Pamela Tracy, “A Family For Luke” by Carolyne Aarsen,”“Restless Hearts” in larger print by Marta Perry, “Her Small-Town Hero” by Arlene James, “Ready-Made Family” by Cheryl Watt, “A Texas Thanksgiving” by Margaret Daley, “Rainbow’s End” by Irene Hannon, “Homecoming Blessings” by Merrillee Whren and “His Holiday Hart” by Jillian Hart. We also have “Breach of Trust,” a romance thriller by DiAnn Mills.

Books for toddlers

Among new books for parents to read to their children are “The Midnight Unicorn” by Neil Reed, “Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortensen and Susan L. Roth, “Pete & Pickles” by Berkeley Breathed, “There Are Cats in This Book” by Viviane Schwarz, “One Boy” by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury, “Building With Dad” by Carol Nevius, “More Mr. and Mrs. Green” and “Lucky Days with Mr. and Mrs. Green” by Keith Baker, “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night” by Jane Nolen and Mark Teague, “How I Learned Geography” by Uri Shulevitz, “The Bravest Knight” by Mercer Mayer, “The Queen’s Feet” by Sarah Ellis, “Timothy and the Strong Pajamas” by Viviane Schwartz, “The Kiss That Missed” by David Melling, “Scaredy Squirrel” by Melanie Watt and “Max” by Bob Graham. New board books include “Piggies” by Audrey and Don Wood, “Bringing Down the Moon” by Jonathan Emmett and “Books Are For Eating, no, Reading” by Suzy Becker. All these books have wonderful illustrations.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Lynne Allison, Stan Church, Kay Grams, Kendall Jasmer, Merilyn Moorhead, Linda Van Patter, Jeanne Skogland, Bill Wetzel and Henry Williams.

Quotable quote

“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.” — Kenko Yoshida, 13TH century Japanese author, poet and Buddhist monk.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs, please visit our new Web site at www.pagosa.colibraries.org.