According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Williamsport unemployment rate in February 2017 was 5.6%, higher than the state average of 5% and the national average of 4.7%.

So what can job seekers do? One tip is to take advantage of free job hunting programs offered in your community, such as the one offered at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Lori Lyons and Kristin Laudenslager will present the program, “Resume and Interviewing for a Successful Job Hunt,” at 6 p.m. May 31 in the Lowry Room of the library.

Participants will learn basic resume writing strategies to effectively highlight skills and qualifications in the job application process. They will interactively discuss interview tactics to prepare for the face-to-face job interview.


Lyons is a Career Adviser at Lycoming College with eight years of experience in career counseling. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a BA in Interpersonal/Organizational Speech Communications and a M.Ed. in Counseling and College Student Affairs.

Laudenslager is Career Adviser at Lycoming College with four years of experience in career counseling. She is a graduate of Lycoming College with a BS in Psychology and holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and College Student Affairs from Bloomsburg University.

This program supports the PA Forward state initiative by providing social and civic literacy opportunities for learning and highlighting the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit to register or call 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at