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Skills and Support

The Cedar Rapids Public Library has a variety of resources to help you learn new skills, explore new careers, and expand your world – even from home.


Adult Education

Brainfuse Lifelong Learner – Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on an academic skill, the Adult Learning Center at Brainfuse can help.

Library Classes – Explore our event calendar for classes hosted by Library staff, including virtual tech to go, computer classes, and workforce development programs.

Lynda.com – Access thousands of free online training videos and courses.

Pronunciator – The worlds largest language-learning service. Choose from over 80 languages to learn.


Job and Personal Development

Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow – Get live job coaching, access a resume writing lab, live interview coaching, and unemployment assistance, as well as much more.

Data Axle Reference Solutions – Provides addresses, sales information, executives, for over 11 million U.S. Now includes job listings. **Patrons should read the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy of this resource before searching.

Future Ready Iowa – connects Iowans to the education and training required for good paying jobs and careers to improve people’s lives.

Iowa Earn and Learn – No matter your interests, Registered Apprenticeship programs can help you find a career that’s your perfect fit

IowaWORKS – Find jobs that match your skill set, or discover training to connect you with your next job.

Lynda.com – Provides video training tutorials on various skills, including Microsoft, Adobe, HTML, resume writing, video editing, social media, and much more.

Opportunity Center – The Opportunity Center is your connection to the support services and skills you need to learn, earn, and thrive. We offer support services in a variety of areas by appointment or online.

Skills to Employment – Need a job or a better one? IowaWORKS Skills to Employment can help – you can search thousands of jobs. Take advantage of networking opportunities and weekly recruiting events. Get help creating a resume and learning how to interview.

Unemployment Assistance – Brainfuse now offers unemployment assistance with live navigators each week. Explore the resources available on their site or schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance.


Library Programs – Workforce and Personal Development

The Cedar Rapids Public Library provides a variety of programs on our Facebook and YouTube Channel to support those looking to increase their skills or find a new job. Explore the variety of resources online today.


Veteran Support

Home Base Iowa: connects Iowa businesses with qualified veterans and their spouses looking for career opportunities. The program also provides resources to help connect veterans and their families with education and in transitioning to a new community.

VetNow: Connect with an expert online to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources.

Tax Assistance

Federal Taxes

File Federal Taxes Online
Order Forms through the mail: 1-800-829-3676
Federal Tax Assistance Hotline: 1-800-829-1040, Mon – Fri 7 am – 7 pm
Online Tax Help and Resources

 

State of Iowa Taxes

File State of Iowa Taxes Online
Order Forms through the mail: 1-800-532-1531
State Tax Assistance Hotline: 1-800-367-3388, Mon – Fri 8 am – 4:15 pm
Online Tax Help and Resources Email: idr@iowa.gov