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Lifelong Learning

Authors at the Library

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Carmichael's Bookstore presents Rebecca Makkai, New York Times bestselling author of I Have Some Questions for You, in conversation with Katy Yocom.

Monday, February 26, 7 p.m. • Main Library

Rebecca Makkai

Join author Rebecca Makkai for a discussion of her New York Times bestselling mystery novel I Have Some Questions for You. Makkai’s 2018 book The Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the year by the New York Times.

This event is free and open to the public. Click the Register button below or call (502) 574-1644.

A book signing will follow. Pre-order the book from Carmichael's. 

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On Writing: A Conversation with Louisville Women Writers

Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. • Main Library

Ashleé Clark, Kelly Hill, Michelle Tyrene Johnson and Erin Keane

Join this discussion with four accomplished Louisville writers as they describe the thriving Louisville writing scene, share some of their triumphs, discuss navigating the challenges of publishing, and much more. Panelists will include:

  • Ashleé Clark – Journalist, author, and manager of the American Journalism Project
  • Kelly Hill – novelist
  • Michelle Tyrene Johnson – Playwright and Louisville Public Media Senior Producer
  • Erin Keane – Critic, poet, memoirist, and Chief Content Officer at

Presented in partnership with Spalding University’s Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing.

This event is free and open to the public. Click the Register button below or call (502) 574-1644.

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The Craig Buthod Author Series presents Stacey Vanek Smith

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m. • Main Library

Stacey Vanek Smith

Former host of NPR’s Planet Money and longtime public radio journalist covering business/economics, Stacey Vanek Smith’s book Machiavelli for Women is a modern guide to how women can apply the principles of 16th-century philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli to their work lives and finally shatter the glass ceiling.

Sponsored by 89.3 WFPL Louisville Public Media.

This event is free and open to the public. Click the Register button below or call (502) 574-1644.

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Cultural critic, investigative journalist, and first-generation Barbie owner M.G. Lord

Friday, April 12, 7 p.m. • Main Library

MG Lord

Presented by University of Louisville Liberal Studies Visiting Scholars.

M.G. Lord’s book Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, uncovers the surprising story behind Barbie's smash success. Lord is a professor at the University of Southern California and co-host of the podcast L.A. Made: The Barbie Tapes.

This event is free and open to the public. Click the Register button below or call (502) 574-1644.

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The Craig Buthod Author Series presents award-winning writer and journalist Will Cockrell

in conversation with Dr. Tori Murden McClure

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. • Main Library

Will Cockrell

Will Cockrell has spent more than twenty years as a senior editor, writer, and consultant for national magazines including Men’s Journal, Outside, Men’s Fitness, and GQ. A former outdoor guide, Cockrell has covered Everest throughout his career. His debut book, Everest, Inc., is a vivid and authoritative adventure history chronicling one of the least likely industries on Earth.

This event is free and open to the public. Click the Register button below or call (502) 574-1644.

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The Craig Buthod Author Series presents New York Times bestseller Craig Johnson

Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m. • Main Library

Craig Johnson

LFPL is pleased to welcome back Craig Johnson, bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery novel series, which the hit Netflix original drama Longmire is based.

This event is free and open to the public. Click the Register button below or call (502) 574-1644.

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The Craig Buthod Author Series - named in honor of former library director Craig Buthod - is an endowed library program that brings award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors to Louisville. Previously called Authors at the Library, the series was endowed in 2015 by donors to the Library Foundation. 

To make a gift to the Craig Buthod Author Series endowment:


Welcome to MyLibraryU

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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.

Fast Classes at the Library

LFPL's Fast Classes are one-time educational events taught by local experts. Some explore current events, literature, and science; others teach practical skills and history.

The Story of Anne Braden and Why It (Still) Matters

Dr. Cate Fosl

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Main Library

A Louisville native born in 1924 who grew up in Alabama, Anne McCarty Braden turned her back on a promising career as a newspaperwoman to dedicate herself for almost half a century to fierce advocacy for racial and social justice. Charged twice with sedition and arrested multiple times, Braden remained an outspoken writer and organizer locally until her death in 2006. Dr. Catherine Fosl, Co-Founder of University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, will examine how Braden’s message has helped to shape our community and still resonates today.

Catherine Fosl, PhD, is professor emerita at the University of Louisville, where she co-founded the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and directed it for 15 years. Fosl is the author of three books of history, including the award-winning Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South.

This program is presented by MyLibraryU and is free and open to the public. Registration is requested online or by calling (502) 574-1623.

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Short Course 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.

Joe Turner

Turning Pages: An Anatomy and History of Comics

Thursdays, April 4 – 25, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Main Library

The term “anatomy” means to “cut up,” and that’s exactly what we’ll do during this Short Course: dissect a range of comics to see how they work. U of L professor Dr. Joseph Turner will survey and explain the major genres, movements, issues, and tropes that shape what are called “comics,” "graphic novels," or "graphic narratives." Some still maintain that comics is a lesser art form. This course, however, will demonstrate the complex artistry behind the deceptive simplicity of comics and introduce participants to their fascinating form and history.

Turner is an associate professor in the English Department at the University of Louisville, where he directs the English Honors program. He earned a PhD in English from the University of Delaware in 2012, specializing in medieval education and literature. Although the Middle Ages might be his first love, Neil Gaiman's Sandman ignited his interest in comics back in the 90s, and he's been teaching and writing about comics for the last decade.

This program is presented by MyLibraryU and is free and open to the public. Registration is requested online or by calling (502) 574-1623.

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Past Event

Educational Echoes: Black Teachers in Early Twentieth-Century Louisville

New In Lou

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Main Library

In this Fast Class, we will examine the social contributions and literary legacies of three prominent Black educators in Louisville at the beginning of the twentieth century: Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., Nannie Helen Burroughs, and George Marion McClellan. All three founded or sustained institutions that educated youth in the city, but they should also be remembered for the importance of their writing, which is imbued with their love of education and social uplift.

Dr. David Anderson an associate professor of English at the University of Louisville. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been teaching at the University of Louisville since 1993, where he offers courses in a wide range of American and African American literatures, as well as composition.


Missed a Fast Class or a Short Course?

Visit our Podcast page to see if the class or author event that you missed is available as a podcast.

COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence Program


COLLIDER, South Central Regional Library’s paid artist-in-residence program, connects the public with art and the people who create it.

Generous funding from Councilwoman Madonna Flood makes the COLLIDER Artist-In-Residence program possible.

View a list of our previous COLLIDER artists.


John Akre - Animator

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence John Akre as a 2024 virtual COLLIDER artist

John Akre is an animator who seeks community and awkwardness in his hand-made animated films. Deeply influenced by the animation he saw as a young person on PBS shows like "The Electric Company," "Sesame Street," and "Zoom," he began making his own animation experiments at the age of nine.

In between then and now, he has made hundreds of short animated films that have screened all around the world. He has also taught animation in Minnesota and Kentucky at summer camps, schools, and universities. John also enjoys taking his animation tools out in public places to create animation with whoever might come by.

He believes that animation is the process of making things that don't normally move look alive with movement, and that is a form of magic that is even more delightful when you get to try it yourself.


Registration is required, please email

Special Program

Saturday, March 23rd: COLLIDER Arts Day
Please join us at the South Central Regional Library to celebrate 7 years of the COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence program! This event will feature arts workshops, appearances, and performances from previous COLLIDER Artists. All ages welcome. This program is made possible through generous funding from Councilwoman Madonna Flood and Louisville Metro Council.  


Angelique Shah - Quilter and Fiber Artist

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Angelique Shah as a 2024 virtual COLLIDER artist

Angelique Shah is a native New Yorker from the Bronx with a background in the Fashion Industries. She has always had a passion for creating beautiful clothing, home décor, and quilts. After high school, she took a detour to join the US Navy and served for 5 years as an Aviation Mechanic.

After being honorably discharged, she returned to sewing and being crafty. Currently based in beautiful Shepherdsville, KY, Angelique sews quilty goodies on an Elna sewing machine and quilts on a Bernina Q20 long arm. Customers bring her their completed quilt tops, and she sews everything together on the Q20.

Angelique says, “I love adding quilt blocks to clothing without any designs or embellishments. I can’t look at a little black dress without thinking of adding something to jazz it up. Everywhere I look, I see possibilities for adding quilt blocks, embroidery, and fabric designs. Creativity is always around, and I get inspired by so many things, movies, books, nature, history, and even other artists!” In addition to artistic endeavors, Angelique is a certified Yoga instructor, has been married for 20 years to Tomal Shah, has a dog named Elvis Presley, and a cat named Lucy. She also has 3 children and 7 grandchildren spread across the US.


Registration is required, please email


Martin Edlin - Clay Sculptor/Potter

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Martin Edlin as a 2024 virtual COLLIDER artist

Martin Edlin is an artist who works in several disciplines of traditional art media. His artwork is technically rigorous yet highly imaginative, giving shape and form to emotions and ideas in sculpture, pottery, paintings, and drawings.

He studied art at the University of Louisville under renowned potter Tom Marsh and earned a Master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago under sculptor and art therapy pioneer Don Seiden. His artwork has been exhibited publicly since 1984.

He teaches workshops for many schools and community programs with people of all ages and directed a community art education center for many years. He worked as a stained glass craftsman for glass artists Peter Eichhorn and Bob Markert while in high school and college and has practiced art therapy in a multitude of settings.

Photo courtesy of Alex Stephens


Registration is required, please email


Donyalle Jackson - Painter/Mixed Media Artist

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Donyalle Jackson as a 2024 virtual COLLIDER artist

Louisville native Donyalle Jackson grew up in the West End near the Shawnee neighborhood, which is where she first discovered her love for art. She nurtured that love throughout her years in school and mastered her passion at the University of Louisville. Though she studied several mediums during her undergraduate experience, she went on to receive her BA in the Visual Arts with focuses on painting and fiber arts.

Donyalle, better known as “Donnie,” continues to work as a full-time artist, exploring the realms of education, community engagement, muralism, and project management. She strongly believes that artmaking is a therapeutic practice and encourages healing through the process of creation. By producing bold and vibrant artwork, she accentuates her own lived experience as a black woman and brings nuance to the rich spiritual foundation that has kept her grounded.

Through continued creation, she hopes to build on previous experiences and gain inspiration that will aid in future efforts to bring more fine art and resources to underserved communities.


Olivia Cole - Author

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Olivia Cole as a 2024 virtual COLLIDER artist

Olivia A. Cole is the author of seven novels, most recently Dear Medusa and Where the Lockwood Grows. Olivia’s essays have been published by Bitch Media, Real Simple, The L.A. Times, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Gay Mag, and others.

Ariel Crashes a Train, Olivia’s second novel-in-verse, will be released in Spring 2024.

Online Learning

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly is a premier online learning resource offering more than 16,000 courses available in 7 different languages covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more - free with your library card*.

Note: If you are using the LinkedIn Learning app, you will need to enter louisvillefreepubliclibrary when it asks for a Library ID during setup.

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*Library cards must be in good standing to access all library services, including LinkedIn Learning. Cards in good standing will have an account balance under $10 and current registration information.


Treehouse is an online, self-paced learning platform that teaches you how to design and develop websites or mobile apps. Classes include coding languages like HTML, Javascript, PHP, Python, Ruby and much more.

Learning with Treehouse is project-based, so you learn by doing with access to over 1,300 videos. Projects are taught through a combination of short videos, code challenges, and quizzes to maximize engagement. You keep track of your accomplishments through gamification - earning badges to mark your progress.

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Login To Treehouse

Treehouse is free with your library card, but if demand exceeds the available number of allotted Treehouse licenses, LFPL will implement a check-out policy similar to checking out a book. Please note: Treehouse accounts that have no activity for 21 days may be disabled to make room for a new active user.


Prepare for academic and professional exams (ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, LSAT, Postal Exam, CDL, Nursing, Real Estate, etc.), get resume writing help, and search for jobs and internships.

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Language Learning

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In-Person Language Learning

Looking for in-person language learning resources? Find a program on our calendar.

Transparent Language

Explore a new language at the library, at home, or on the go using any Internet-connected device. Available in 110+ languages, including ESL/ELL.

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Pimsleur Language Programs

Pimsleur Language Programs are available as downloadable audiobooks in Overdrive.


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Welcome to LFPL's "At the Library" series, an ongoing podcast featuring author talks, programs, and events at the Louisville Free Public Library.