OWN IT: Anythink hosts month-long workforce development series

This September, Adams County community members can hone their personal and professional skillsets at the library. Own It is an opportunity for individuals to gain confidence in their financial lives with expert-led programs and experiences at all seven Anythink locations. Despite having the world’s largest economy, the Standard & Poor’s Global Financial Literacy Survey finds that only 57 percent of American adults are considered financially literate. Whether it’s through understanding the credit system, exploring ways of communicating finances with family, or turning side projects into sources of income, Own It programs are designed to empower community members and prepare them for greater financial success.  

“As part of Anythink’s current strategic plan, the library is focused on people development and economic development,” says Stacie Ledden, Anythink director of innovations and brand strategy. “Own It is designed to help people feel prosperous and creative, and we do that through providing exceptional programs and mentorship from partners and staff.”

With an emphasis on entrepreneurship and workforce development, the library is a resource for community members at every stage of their professional careers. In addition to regular programming, Anythink also offers a number of services and resources designed to enrich job seekers and small business owners. This includes LearningExpress Library, which offers test preparation for professional licensing and certification exams, as well as Small Business Builder, offering a step-by-step plan for starting a new business.

Own It is the third in a series of three district-wide celebrations hosted by Anythink in 2019. Combined as Dig It | Pop It | Own It, this comprehensive programming initiative provides opportunities throughout the year for the community to discover their passions. In March, community members of all ages explored all things gardening and backyard farming with Dig It. In May, customers explored literacy through pop culture. Together, Dig It | Pop It | Own It provides a platform for Adams County residents to create community, explore culture, and nourish personal and professional aspirations.