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Lifelong Learning

Authors at the Library

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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:

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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.

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.

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How Evolution Works

Tuesdays, July 23 –  August 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Main Library

There’s a famous quote in science that reads “Nothing in biology makes any sense except in the light of evolution.” In this four week course led by Dr. Lee Dugatkin, evolutionary biologist and historian of science in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville, we will learn how evolutionary biology is the glue that holds all of science together by digging into how natural selection operates on everything from molecules and genes to behavior and development.

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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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.


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

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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.

Scroll down to see current and upcoming artists, or view a list of our previous COLLIDER artists.

Artist applications are currently closed. The call for the next round of COLLIDER artists will open September 1, 2024.


June

Olivia Cole - Author

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

Classes:

Registration is required, please email Liz.Magee@lfpl.org


July

Nancy DeSanctis - Mixed Media Sculptor

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Nancy DeSanctis as a 2024 COLLIDER artist

Nancy DeSanctis is an artist and former art educator dedicated to fostering personal creativity and art accessibility. She earned a BFA in sculpture at the University of Kentucky, where she discovered her true artistic passion inspired by the concept of play. Believing that we all carry a piece of our childhood with us, Nancy explores how to continue experiencing the imaginative and whimsical side of play in our adult lives. Her sculptures and installations play with the viewers both mentally and physically, and allow and encourage them to play back.

Whether you are a seasoned artist or a beginner, young or old, Nancy creates a supportive environment aimed at sparking inspiration and encouraging experimentation to bring everyone closer to the playful spirit of childhood we so often leave behind.

Classes:

Registration is required, please email Liz.Magee@lfpl.org


August

Kristen Gentry - Author

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Kristen Gentry as a 2024 COLLIDER artist

Kristen Gentry is the author of Mama Said, which was longlisted for the 2024 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. She received her M.F.A. from Indiana University. Her award-winning fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and appeared in Electric Literature, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. She is a VONA and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference alumna, former Director of Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo, and a member of the inaugural Poets & Writers publicity incubator for debut writers. Kristen lives and writes in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Classes:

Registration is required, please email Liz.Magee@lfpl.org


September

Tone Vallejo - Painter/Mixed Media Artist

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Tone Vallejo as a 2024 COLLIDER artist

Tone Vallejo is a self-taught visual artist with a background in photography, painting, and mixed media. Her work is abstract and influenced by music, street art, and color. Tone has worked alongside many local artists to create public art to beautify Louisville, including her work with The Healing Walls Project (2021) and her current role as assisting artist with Monet' Murals. Tone is also an art educator and loves working with and mentoring young people.


October

Jillian Timberlake - Modern Kintsugi Artist

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Jillian Timberlake as a 2024 COLLIDER artist

Jillian Timberlake is a writer, speaker, Modern Kintsugi artist, and the author of the award-winning memoir Streams of Gold. Jillian also founded Beautifully Broken, a creative initiative to help others find the beauty within the broken pieces of their lives through Modern Kintsugi (“golden repair”), inspirational writings, and experiential workshops. She recently released her second book, Gold & Clay: Exploring the Pieces of Your Own Story. You can connect with Jillian via the Beautifully Broken website.


November

Newton Finnigan Herrera - Printmaker, Illustrator, and Seamster

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Newton Finnigan Herrera as a 2024 COLLIDER artist

Newt Herrera is a lifelong comic book fan and recent graduate of Indiana University Southeast, where they graduated with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in printmaking. A jack-of-all-trades in terms of art, Newt wants to try everything at least once. In their practice, Newt aims to create the kinds of art they would have wanted to see as a child, from soft toys to silly characters, their goal is to allow youthful imaginations to run wild. And as an autistic adult, they strive to create a safe place for people of all ages to express their true selves and create the art they dream of.


December

Haley Banks - Fiber Artist

The COLLIDER welcomes Artist-in-Residence Haley Banks as a 2024 COLLIDER artist

Haley Banks is a fiber artist and has crocheted and knitted for over 13 years. A graduate of UofL, Haley is now a full-time fiber artist that specializes in both physical fiber products and digital patterns within her crochet brands. She works to connect with small businesses in the area to advocate for local women-owned businesses in the community and loves to teach others to create. Haley states that there is no other place like Louisville when it comes to artists and makers, and is thankful to live in a place that provides abundant inspiration and support for creators like herself.

Online Learning

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) 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

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.


LearningExpress

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.

Start Learning

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.

Podcasts

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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.