My KDL Story: Sean Gavin

"[The library is] vital in my job search... It really seems to serve a vital community need, based on the number of people here every time I come in..."

Sean GavinA major financial challenge led Sean Gavin to rediscover the value of public libraries.

The 50-year-old Wyoming man was downsized in November after more than a decade from his radio industry information technology job, and with the expense of a new house and car to consider, costs such as cable television and Internet at home had to go.

To save money, Sean visits KDL's Wyoming branch at least once a week — sometimes more — to use the free Wi-Fi to search for jobs, submit applications online and use library printers. He calls the library "vital in my job search."

Besides free Wi-Fi, computers and Internet use, KDL also offers computer skills classes, job search workshops and programs and an entrepreneurial resource center for small businesses.

Libraries have long been the go-to resource for individuals and families who have to tighten their budgets, KDL Director Lance Werner said. In fact, even at a time when eBook and eAudiobook lending is skyrocketing, circulation of print and other "traditional" materials also is on the rise and attendance at our programs and events is strong, as more people look to save money.

Sean, a Navy veteran, also subscribes to online forums on model building. His scratch-built military vehicle and ship models are a longtime hobby that other Wyoming patrons can see on display near the branch's information desk.

While Sean isn't visiting the library primarily for books right now, he's getting his share of those too. His mother sparked an early love for books in her son when he was just a boy. If he helped her out at her janitorial job at a local school, he explained, "she'd open the library for me and I would just be like a kid in a candy store."

Though his job search was the incentive for getting Sean back into the library, he said he fully expects to visit often after he's found new employment.

"I'm thoroughly impressed by what's here," he said. "The Wyoming branch is one of the nicest libraries I've ever seen and it really seems to serve a vital community need, based on the number of people here every time I come in."


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