Economic and Workforce Development News
Winter 2023
New Year, New Commitment
Kick off the new year with a fresh commitment to achieving your professional and learning goals for yourself or your organization. A Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) card comes with the tools you need to grow or start a business, learn new skills, boost your leadership confidence, and explore new careers. Did you know a personal subscription to LinkedIn Learning can cost as much as $39.99 per month but you can access this extensive training platform with your CRRL library card free of charge? In fact, all of the classes and resources listed below and on are available to you at no cost, and most can be used conveniently at your office or in your home.
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Please note that a CRRL card is required to access the resources listed in this newsletter. Classes and events are free of charge and do not require a library card.
Classes and Events
January 1-March 31
Read and log 5 books between January 1 and March 31 to earn a cozy blanket (while supplies last). Now’s the time to tackle that list of leadership books you’ve been meaning to read. Here are a few more to add to your list:
Fredericksburg Branch, Saturday, January 14, 1:00-2:30
Learn more about the health of your brain, body, and mind so you can overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. Presented by Barbara Gustavson of Discover Next Step.
Online Author Talks
Enjoy a wide range of talks from best-selling authors and thought leaders. Here are a few recent talks that might be of interest, and you can watch the recordings at your convenience. Visit to view recordings or register for upcoming talks.
Featured Resources
In this 10-segment, self-paced course, you’ll learn to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that opens up a world of opportunities, whether you want to build a business, transform your organization, or reinvent your career. At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to take the certification exam. Upon passing this exam, you will be certified in Entrepreneurial Mindset Fundamentals and awarded a digital badge. This certification can then be shared with employers or on your LinkedIn profile and will provide evidence that you have worked extensively to develop your entrepreneurial mindset.
With HelpNow’s Adult Learning Center, you can achieve your career and academic goals with a variety of tools. Access live tutoring on a number of subjects: Microsoft Office, writing, math, science at all levels, and more. Prepare for the high school equivalency exam, U.S. Citizenship Test, and other certification tests. Explore career resources, and use the Writing Lab to craft a winning resume and cover letter. Submit a question any time of the day to get answers from HelpNow’s tutors. The learning options are endless!
Level up your skills with the premier video-based online training resource covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Take single courses or follow learning paths to dive deep into topics such as improving problem-solving skills and project management. After each course, you can obtain a certificate to post to your LinkedIn profile. For help getting started, watch this tutorial.
But wait…there’s more! 

The list of resources available to support your business, nonprofit, and workforce development needs is (almost) never-ending. Click on the Research tab of for an alphabetical listing of all online resources or to explore resources by category.

For a deeper dive into CRRL’s resources, library staff are happy to speak to your group virtually or in person. Contact Adult Services Coordinator Tracy McPeck at to set up a meeting.
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