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updated: 1/10/2012 7:23 PM

Despite funding struggles, suburban libraries helping job seekers

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  • Vernon Hills resident Ellen Peckler, foreground, and Libertyville's Michael Page listen to the instructor during a jobs workshop Tuesday at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville. Libraries have become resources for unemployed people during the nation's economic struggles.

      Vernon Hills resident Ellen Peckler, foreground, and Libertyville's Michael Page listen to the instructor during a jobs workshop Tuesday at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville. Libraries have become resources for unemployed people during the nation's economic struggles.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Libraries have become resources for unemployed people during the nation's economic struggles.

      Libraries have become resources for unemployed people during the nation's economic struggles.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Employment specialist Michael Garamoni of Countryside Association discusses online job searches Tuesday at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville.

      Employment specialist Michael Garamoni of Countryside Association discusses online job searches Tuesday at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Debbie Engdahl of Mundelein, right, and Ethel Pickar of Libertyville take notes during a jobs workshop Tuesday at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville.

      Debbie Engdahl of Mundelein, right, and Ethel Pickar of Libertyville take notes during a jobs workshop Tuesday at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Employment specialist Michael Garamoni of Countryside Association discusses online job searches during a workshop at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville. Libraries have become resources for unemployed people during the nation's economic struggles.

      Employment specialist Michael Garamoni of Countryside Association discusses online job searches during a workshop at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville. Libraries have become resources for unemployed people during the nation's economic struggles.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

Public libraries have become the go-to resource for people on the hunt for new jobs, whether they're unemployed or simply looking for a change. But the demand for employment services is growing at the same time libraries are reporting significant funding struggles that have strained personnel and resources.

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