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Whether you have been out of school for a while and miss the learning experience, or you’re thinking of starting college – or returning to finish your degree – LFPL's MyLibraryU wants to connect YOU to new, free learning opportunities.

Free online college courses  

Hundreds of thousands of people are now taking online courses -- not for college credit, but simply for their own enlightenment. These massive open online courses (MOOCs), from first-rate institutions like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard, are drawing students and adult learners globally. Click here to learn more.

Find online learning intimidating? Or maybe you're just not sure where to begin? Then we have a class is for you. LFPL's "My Library University" class will walk you through the ins and outs of free online learning. For a schedule of upcoming classes, search "My Library University" in the online calendar.

For a printable version of the class handout - click here.

Short Courses at the Library  

LFPL's Short Courses are taught like real college courses by professors and experts in their fields. Some will require reading and encourage field trips.  All will be free and open to anyone with no academic background required. This is a chance to stretch your mind in new directions.


Fall 2013

America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway
America's Music  

Main Library, Tuesdays, September 10 - October 15, 5:30 p.m.

This six-part short course explores some of America's most enduring popular music -- blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop -- through documentary films. Sessions feature either a complete documentary film, or excerpts from longer documentaries, followed by discussions led by Dr. Douglas Shadle, music history professor at the University of Louisville.

“America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music, and is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The Library is one of only fifty sites nationwide selected to host this program series.

To register for this free Short Course, call 574-1635.

To learn more about “America’s Music,” or to download the handouts from each class - click here.


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Last Updated: 10/15/13