Thursday, March 06, 2014
Do you own a small business? Do you dream of opening your own business? The Old Bridge Public Library hosts a variety of resources for small business owners and small business start ups.
Once physically in the building, the library offers free Wi-Fi and public computers. Black and white and color printing is available for a nominal charge. Notary Services are available on a first come, first serve basis and are free to holders of valid Old Bridge Library Cards, $2.50 for all others. If you need to brush up on your computer skills, we offer beginner and advanced classes in Microsoft Suites.
If physically getting through the doors of the library is a challenge due to your business hours, with a simple internet connection, your library card lets you take advantage of our online resources such as online classes, databases, and digital magazines.
Universal Class is OBPL's continuing education resource. Online classes are taught by real instructors and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer. Business Related Classes include: Small Business, Home Business, How to Build Your Own Business, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Microsoft Applications, Money Making Strategies, Organizational Finances, Writing Improvement and many more.
Our online databases offer a wealth of information with just a few clicks.
Small Business Resource Center is a database of information and current tips covering topics such as: sample business plans, NJ legal forms, starting a small business, writing a business plan, buying or selling a business, financing a business, marketing and advertising a business or location, and expanding a business.
Corfacts is New Jersey's business-to-business directory. Use it to assess prospects by industry, location, company size, number of employees and revenue size. Identify key decision makers by name or title, sales leads, or assign sales territories, create telemarketing lists, do market research. To access, log in with username: obpl and password obpl123.
Reference USA is a detailed listing of 14 million businesses. Look up company names, phone numbers, addresses and key executive names. Search a company's contact details, franchise and brand information, news, liens, judgments and bankruptcies and even credit rating scores. Target a market by SIC Codes, employee size, sale volume and geo-codes. Find similar businesses in key areas.
Zinio is an online newsstand of digital magazines. Once you download a magazine is yours to keep and read forever. Available business related magazines include Bloomberg, Business Week, The Economist, Forbes and Kiplinger.
If you live, work, or learn in Old Bridge, you are eligible for an Old Bridge Library Card.
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Monday, March 03, 2014
A Man For All Seasons as part of the Critics' Choice Film Series and then on Friday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m., our Free Friday Movie will be Stepmom. All Library events are free and everybody is welcome. For more information, please call (732) 721-5600 ext. 5033. (TN)
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, this is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. PG-13, 134 min. For more information, please call (732) 721-5600 ext. 5033.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
On Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. Debby Alter, Director of Immigrant & Refugee Services at JFVS, will speak about the citizenship application forms and test. She will answer questions about naturalization and immigration. For more information, please call (732) 721-5600 ext. 5033.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Library expands from learning to making
The Old Bridge Public Library has been awarded a $10,000 contract from the New Jersey State Library. This award will fund the Old Bridge Library Idea Farm – a technology workshop and demonstration garden following the “makerspace” model. Thirty-eight libraries applied for contract awards ranging from $3,750 to $12,500. The Old Bridge Library Idea Farm is scheduled to open in late April.
The Old Bridge Library Idea Farm will focus on three areas determined by survey feedback from the Old Bridge community: handicrafts, emergent technologies, and self-sustainability via garden and kitchen skills. The Old Bridge Library Idea Farm is part of the recent Makerspace movement in public libraries. Makerspaces embrace creation-focused learning that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. “The contemporary Makerspace movement is really about creating community spaces where people can learn by doing and engage in exploration and creativity using digital and analog technologies. Such spaces can both enrich and empower library users’ lives,” said Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian. “It’s an extension of the library’s mission – a place of lifelong learning and community engagement …”
The Idea Farm workshop will be an open community area and tool collection for individual and group projects. This workshop will house a 3-D printer, vinyl cutter, soldering station, sewing machine station, programmable microcontrollers, Lego Robotics kits and more.
The Idea Farm demonstration garden will let community members connect with the full life cycle of a vegetable garden, from seed to plant to plate. With guidance and expertise from the Rutgers Master Gardeners, Old Bridge Public Library will house a garden grown and cared for by community volunteers. Workshops and seminars focusing on the garden will teach patrons how to grow fresh produce and herbs regardless of their living space. Produce grown in the Idea Farm demonstration garden will be used in Kitchen Arts workshops that will demonstrate core kitchen skills such as pickling, dehydration, and herbal oil infusion
Both the workshop and the demonstration garden will be supported by book collections, workshops, and informational programs. At the end of this year long contract, the Old Bridge Library Idea Farm plans to release its first e-book: a community cookbook featuring recipes from Old Bridge residents.
The Old Bridge Idea Farm will only be as vital and useful as its community. Those with skills they wish to share are encouraged to be part of this community workshop as mentors. Contact Library Director Darren Miguez at 732.721.5600 ext. 5042, or email email@example.com to get involved. To keep up to date with the development and launch of the Idea Farm, members of the public may join the library’s Idea Farm newsletter. Funding for this Makerspace Initiative is provided by the New Jersey State Library and by LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative, whose services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion and funding of the New Jersey Library network. Additional financial support for the Old Bridge Library Idea Farm is provided by The Friends of The Old Bridge Library.
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