TRENTON—As the New Jersey economy weakens, unemployment figures increase and family incomes shrink, the New Jersey State Library has launched a new web site designed to make it easier for residents to connect to state programs, services and agencies that can help them during these tough economic times. “Many New Jerseyans are facing severe financial and employment challenges and the place they are turning to for assistance and resources is their local library,” said Norma Blake, New Jersey state librarian.
“Librarians from all over New Jersey are reporting more people than ever before coming in to use computers; check out books and DVDs; and attend computer, financial and job search classes. This new web site will link residents to a number of tools that will help save money and avoid frustration by taking them directly to the agencies that can be of assistance,” Blake added.
The site, http://gethelp.njlibraries.org, has categories listing Work Tools, Financial Tools, Housing Tools, Health Tools and Parental Tools, as well as Tools for Seniors. Users will find resources to help them pay their bills, avoid foreclosure, get job assistance or file for Medicaid.
“I encourage residents to use this site and to visit their local libraries to get forms and apply for jobs, programs and benefits on-line. While you are there, check out the other things your library has to offer, such as free recreational and educational programs, or the latest books and movies,” Blake said. “Our libraries are working hard to offer resources that help supplement the family budget and save communities money.”