When ed2go, a popular online learning course service, recently began offering subscription access to public libraries through the publisher Gale Cengage Learning, we knew it would be a unique addition to our online resources. Since our ed2go subscription began in January of this year, there have been 67 course enrollments in the areas of business, teaching and education, healthcare, writing and publishing, computer applications, and college readiness. Other public libraries have experienced increased demand for these free classes, so much so that the publisher has implemented several changes to the service:
- Ed2Go is now called Learn4Life.
- From June 2013 through November 2013, each Elkhart Public Library patron will be limited to taking a total of five courses. Any courses started before June will not count against this total. This is a cost saving measure instituted by Gale Cengage Learning.
- Use your Elkhart Public Library card barcode/number to enroll in a free course (no need to request a passcode).
- You must access the first two lessons within the first two weeks, or you will be dropped from the course. (A dropped course will not count toward your five course limit.)
Learn4Life continues to offer the same selection of FREE, highly interactive courses as ed2go. Take each course entirely over the Internet at your convenience, from work, home, school, or anywhere else… 24/7, 365 days a year! All courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin monthly.
Courses are FREE to resident Elkhart Public Library card holders.
To take advantage of this exciting learning opportunity:
- Go to myepl.org/info247,
- Find “Online Learning Courses” on the list,
- Click on the plus sign and choose “Learn4Life.”
- Enroll in a course following these simple steps:
1. Click “Enroll Now” next to the course of your choice. You can find courses by browsing through the categories on the left of your screen or by using the search bar at the top.
2. Select your course start date and click “Continue.”
3. If you have never taken a Learn4Life (or Ed2Go) course: enter your email address in the New Student area, and click “Create Account.” Complete the Account and Student Information page and then click “Continue to Payment Options.”
If you are a returning student: enter your account email and password and then click “Sign In.”
4. Enter your library barcode and click “Use Library Card”.
5. Congratulations! You are now enrolled and will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided.
A Record of Completion is available for printing once you have successfully completed the final exam of your course.
Others have already completed courses such as Microsoft Excel, Fundamentals of Supervision and Management, and Start Your Own Edible Garden. Leave a response in the section below to let us know which courses you’ll be taking!
Adults, we have a Summer Reading Program for you, too!
For each item you check out, you can write a brief book review or solve a puzzle. Every review or puzzle you complete will be entered in a drawing for a weekly prize (beginning in July). Prizes will include a “movie bowl” with a DVD, candy, pop and popcorn; perhaps a “gardening basket” or two; and other surprises. All entries will be saved for a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.
Discover a New Hobby
In addition to Summer Reading, we invite you explore your inner hobbyist at the Main Library. During June and July, guests from the community and EPL staff members will demonstrate their hobbies, and discuss the tools and supplies involved. You can learn about fly tying, beading, beekeeping, basket weaving and more. See Library News blog Discover a New Hobby for more information.
ReadKiddoRead.com was created by James Patterson to help parents and teachers find books that kids will truly enjoy reading. Author and reviewer Judy Freeman, in a 2010 School Library Journal interview, talked about the website and how it started:
“So here’s this stupendously successful and famous author with over 150 million books in print, and what was he dealing with at home a few years back? His own son, Jack, not wanting to read…. Patterson and his wife, Sue, went looking for titles Jack couldn’t put down and worked their parent mojo magic to get him into books. Jack’s now 11 or 12 and a voracious reader, so their efforts paid off in spades.“
What does it take to tie a fly?
Decorate a cake? Create a card?
Explore your inner hobbyist this summer at Elkhart Public Library. During June and July guest hobbyists will visit the Main Library to demonstrate their hobbies, and discuss the tools and supplies involved.
Two different presentations will run simultaneously, with two back-to-back sessions each, to make it possible to attend both. Presentation dates are June 12, June 26, July 10 & July 24. No registration is required.
Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Paranormal Investigations AND Creating Greeting Cards
George “Maverick” Hayes is the regional director of the Indiana Ghost Trackers North Central region. He has been an inspiration for his chapter winning “Rookie of the year” director and a number of other awards. He is a great investigator and an avid photographer. He is coming to us from LaPorte Indiana. He will be bringing all types of equipment used in his investigations and show you how to start your own investigations into the paranormal realm.
Creating Greeting Cards
Judy Ferrell, a long time library employee, will show off her expertise in card making. Judy will discuss the tools and supplies needed to make unique cards. If you are curious about what is involved in creating your own cards, here is your chance to learn more.
Wednesday, June 26, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Fly Tying/Fishing AND Cake Decorating
Fly Tying & Fishing
Learn the basics of tying flies with Joe Quarandillo, who has been a fly fisherman for many years. He will explain what supplies you will need to begin to tie flies and give you an opportunity to try tying one yourself.
Tina Meerzo is relatively new to Elkhart Public Library, but an old hand at decorating cakes. She has been doing it for 30 years. Tina looks forward to sharing her tips for professional-looking designs and letting you in on some tricks of the trade.
Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Beading/Jewelry-making AND Beekeeping
Beading & Jewelry-making
May Bean will share beading and jewelry-making tips. May has made hundreds of items in her many years as a jewelry maker, and will explain how you can get started making your own unique pieces. May looks forward to sharing her experience and expertise.
EPL employee Henry Harris, has been a beekeeper for more than 35 years. He is an active member of the Michiana Beekeepers Association and long-time editor of their monthly publication The BeeLine. Henry will demonstrate what is involved in beekeeping and discuss the importance of bees to our ecosystem.
Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Basket Weaving AND Unique Scarf Design
Gloria Taylor is another Elkhart Public Library employee with a special skill. Gloria has been a basket weaver for more than 20 years, and would love to share her expertise in weaving baskets of many shapes and sizes.
Unique Scarf Design
Franklin Stoll is an Elkhart legend. He has been sharing his creativity with the Elkhart community for many, many years. His decorative scarf creations have become the latest fashion trend around EPL.
Summer Reading for Teens (ages 12-18)
Teens, this year Summer Reading is all new and exciting! You will have the chance to explore different kinds of books and authors. When you sign up, you get a “Bingo Card” with different genres of books to read and various library-related activities. For each row you fill, you earn a prize. For this year’s grand prize drawings we will give away a Kindle Fire and a Nook Color! Summer Reading runs from June 1 to July 27. Prizes can be claimed through August 3, 2013.
Teen Summer Activities
Design a surfboard, decorate a rock, fill a time capsule, play Wii games, eat pizza….
Click on any event for details and to sign up (if required).
Thursday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.
Graffiti @ the Library
Thursday, July 18, 4:00 p.m.
Ball Jar Terrarium
Tuesday, June 11, 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30,10-11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 4, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.
Back from the Future: Time Capsules
Tuesday, June 25, 4:00 p.m.
Beneath the Surface Jeopardy
Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16, 4:00 p.m.
Finishers’ Pizza Party!
Tuesday, July 30, 4:00 p.m.
Surfboard Design Contest
Rock On Necklace
Thursday, June 13, 3:00 p.m.
Beneath the Coffee Cup
Create your own unique coffee cup
Thursday, June 27, 3:00 p.m.
HOLES Book Club
Thursday, July 11, Monday, July 15,
& Thursday, July 18, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16, 3:00 p.m.
PIERRE MORAN BRANCH
Wednesday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30, 4:00 p.m.