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Library Corner: The world is your oyster with GCLD’s online resources

Tallie Gray
Director of Library Resources
Universal Class offers more than 500 online classes for you to learn something new.
Courtesy GCLD

Whether you are the type of person who makes New Year’s resolutions, Grand County Library District has a robust online resources catalog to help you grow, learn, and create in 2020. There are a wide range of resources to reflect our patrons’ diverse interests and needs. As Donna J. Abernathy wrote, “Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing.” 

Here are several resources that are free for all GCLD patrons with a current library card:

• Creativebug is the newest and hottest online resource in America. Enjoy thousands of art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Search for classes on how to brand your art, find a 5-minute class for kids, or explore an in-depth class. Cooking, painting, journaling and a plethora of other classes will get the right side of your brain enjoying life. Create alone or get together with a group to produce artistic wonders.

• Britannica Online contains comprehensive content for all ages, reading levels, and subjects. The content is vetted to be trustworthy and the platform is intuitive, fast, extensive and thorough with three reading levels from which to choose, as well as options for various articles, best sites, videos, images, and more. A dream resource for parents, teachers, and students!

• Universal Class is for life-long learners of all ages and those needing professional classes. From yoga to accounting, pet and animal care to career training, or spiritual studies to teacher resources or test preparation, you are sure to find online courses of interest. Wondering what to do with all those essential oils you have purchased? Take a self-paced course on aromatherapy. Are you intrigued by historical man-made mysteries? Try the History’s Greatest Conspiracies course. There are so many fascinating and helpful classes!

• Rosetta Stone is for those who are looking to learn a new language, to further their ESL learning as a non-native English speaker, or to brush up on a language for business or vacation. Thirty languages are offered, from French to Swahili to Arabic. The classes are fun, fast, and effective.

• Career Online High School is a great opportunity to obtain an accredited high school diploma. Grand County residents, 19 years or older, can apply for one of the limited slots. We are here to help you!

There are more resources to explore, including American Antiquarian Society (Historical Periodicals Collection), The Denver Post Collections, Kanopy (streaming “thoughtful entertainment”), MyHeritage (genealogy database), NoveList Plus (book recommendations and reviews), NuWav Legal Documents, OverDrive eBooks, Rbdigital Magazines, and Flipster Digital Magazines.

Now that GCLD meeting rooms are free of charge to reserve and use, start a club. You could start an Italian club and learn the language (Rosetta Stone), watch Italian movies (Kanopy), read up on the culture (Britannica Online), and cook together (Universal Class: Italian Cooking 101). Stupendo!

To learn more, go to gcld.org/ebooks-and-learning-tools with your up-to-date GCLD library card number, and the online resource world will be your oyster.

This week at the library

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Granby Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. For more info, call 970-887-2149.

 

Family Movie Night – 4:45 p.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Family Movie Night is open to all ages, and G or PG movies will be shown. No registration required. For more info, visit http://www.gcld.org.

 

Armchair Traveler: Antarctica and Argentina Adventures – 5:30 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Join Edna and Jerry Anderson as they discuss their adventures in Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Iguazu Falls, and Antarctica. Learn more at http://www.gcld.org.

 

Great Decisions – 6 p.m. at Kremmling Library. Join us for America’s largest discussion group on world affairs from the Foreign Policy Association. During this program, a different topic is discussed each week. Register for this free program at http://www.gcld.org.

 

Thursday, Jan. 23

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Fraser Valley Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. For more info, call 970-726-5689.

 

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library. Let us help you learn to use your devices with ease. To register, call 970-887-2149.

 

Storytime — 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

 

Storytime — 11 a.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. For more info, call 970-627-8353.

 

Afterschool Program – 5 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Join us after school for crafts, activities, movies, games, and more! For more info, call 970-627-8353.

 

Saturday, Jan. 25

Growing Readers Together Storytime – 10:15 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. Presented thanks to a grant from Growing Readers Together. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

 

Young Adult Writer’s Workshop – 2 p.m. at the Kremmling Library. Join this group for writing tips, tricks, and ideas. For ages 11-19. Register at http://www.gcld.org.

 

Monday, Jan. 27

Storytime – 11:15 a.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. For more info, call 970-725-3942.

 

Granby Library Book Club – 6 p.m. at Maverick’s Grille. Join this book group for a lively discussion about Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. For more info, call 970-887-2149.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28

English Classes – 10 a.m. at Kremmling Library. Participate in these free English as a Second Language classes. For more info, call 970-724-9228.

 

Tech Training Classes – 10 a.m. at Granby Library. Let us help you learn to use your devices with ease. To register, call 970-887-2149.

 

Digital Skills for Adults: Cybersecurity & Privacy – 4 p.m. at Kremmling Library. Join us for a discussion and Q&A session on protecting your privacy online. Register at http://www.gcld.org.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Storytime — 10 a.m. at Granby Library. Storytime is a fun, interactive, early literacy program designed for children under the age of 5. For more info, call 970-887-2149.

 

Virtual Reality – 10:15 a.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Library. Virtual Reality is a new technology that’s fun for gaming, creating music, or traveling to new worlds – all without leaving your library. Register at http://www.gcld.org.

 

National Issues: A House Divided – 5:30 p.m. at Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Every American is affected by the divisions and outrage that prevent us from making progress on urgent problems. This discussion is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue. Register at http://www.gcld.org.



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