Two New Larkspur Library Services Now Available to Help the Unemployed

Larkspur Library and The Commons Foundation Announce Availability of AtoZ and Gale Presents – Udemy


August 25, 2020 Larkspur CA — The Commons Foundation (TCF) and the Larkspur Library are proud to announce the availability of two new services to help unemployed or under-employed people find new jobs and learn new job skills. AtoZ and Gale Presents-Udemy are now available for free at the Larkspur Library eResources. The new Library services were funded with a TCF grant in July 2020. 


The Library is currently arranging for Zoom workshops to show the public how they can use these new resources.


“We wanted to make sure that our first grant funds went to help those who have lost their jobs find new jobs or add new job skills,” said Franklin Escobedo, Larkspur Director of Community Services (Librarian). “The Commons Foundation has helped the Library help the community by stepping up to raise annual campaign funds quickly to address the Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn.”


“We are thankful for a City Librarian who prioritizes helping those who need help most, and a generous community of people who will help others when asked,” said Joe Jennings, President, The Commons Foundation. “If you have the capacity to help please go to our website and donate to TCF Annual Campaign.” 


New Services

AtoZ databases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 240 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.


Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for adults who want to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest. Users can search through more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more. All courses are taught by world-class instructors and offer a tailor-made learning experience for those who want to learn new technologies and skills to stay competitive in a changing workforce.


Marin County Unemployment

Larkspur CA unemployment is 6.9%, or approximately 500 people in July 2020.  The unemployment rate in Marin County was 8.8% in July 2020, down from a revised 10.1% in June 2020, and above the year-ago estimate of 2.5%. 


The Marin County job decline is led by Leisure & Hospitality (-4,400), Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-2,300), Government (-1,900), Professional & Business Services (-1,500), Educational & Health Services (-900) and Construction (-600), and others. (Source: State of California, Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division, August 21, 2020)

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