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Taking Care of Business

Let the Port Jefferson Free Library help you take care of business. We have books to inspire, daily business news, and our Check-out Discount Program.

Running a business is not easy, but implementing, creating, and running a successful business is a great accomplishment.

Let the Library help you make and/or keep your business a success!

No one can say creating a successful business doesn’t included old fashioned hard work. Understanding how people work may make things more productive and possibly more profitable as well.

Business Books

Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker staff writer in Outliers: The Story of Success examines a handful of individuals to see how they became so successful. Gladwell asserts that success does not necessarily come from being intelligent or working hard. Other factors come into play such a demographics, and even something so arbitrary as birth month. Gladwell is an engaging, yet accessible writer, and he presents an interesting argument.

Gladwell also wrote Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make Big Difference. Gladwell’s idea is that one tiny push can institute massive changes. The “tipping point” is that moment when an idea catches on and begins to spread. Something small can change everything. The examples range from Sesame Street to  sneakers and many things in between. For business owners maybe a small change could lead to big success?

Every once and a while in business there is someone who comes along and seemingly changes everything and makes what appears to be impossible possible. The biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson examine the life and work of Jobs. The author does not sugarcoat Jobs’ eccentricities, nor his difficult and even sometime cruel personality. However, Jobs made Apple the technological juggernaut it is today. He wanted technology that was highly functional, but spare and elegant at the same time. While Jobs’ leadership skills leave something to be desired, anyone should be inspired by his belief that impossible things can be done.

Books are wonderful tools, but sometimes a business owner needs something more current that can keep up with daily changes. Keep up with the latest news from the business world with the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.The Library has daily copies available for your reading pleasure in our Reading Room (sorry newspapers do not circulate). Want to re-read an article? We keep back copies of the newspapers. Please stop by the Reference desk and the librarian will be glad to help. If you can’t make it to the library access a wide variety of various national newspapers through our digital branch Live-brary. Click the link that says National Newspapers. When prompted enter your barcode from the back of your library card and your password. Need a password? Click here to get assistance in creating one.

You can search by title of the article or by publication.


Are you and/or your business a member of the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce?Consider joining the Library’s Check Out Discount program. Merchants provide discounts just for Library cardholders. For more information about the program and its participating merchants click here. Want more information about joining Checkout Discounts please email Karen Rico. Not a member of the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce? Visit their website for information about joining.

Let the Library help your business! Whatever you may need we are only a call 473-0022, a click, or a visit away at 100 Thompson Street, Port Jefferson!

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