Off the Shelf: Lifelong learning at the library

As students return to in-person learning this fall, take time to consider your interests and personal goals for learning. Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, the library supports opportunities for lifelong learning.

Children, teens, and grown-ups can access an assortment of free library resources for learning, growing, and nurturing curiosity about the world, whether learning to drive, learning to read or learning to sing!

LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com) has more than 16,000 online courses geared toward business, technology, and creative fields — even vocal lessons! Topics include software development, design, business, web development, photography and marketing.

With your NOLS library card, you can access all of these courses for free at nols.org/linkedin-learning.

Learning to read takes time and practice. The library offers a diverse collection of Early Reader books geared toward young children learning to read, as well as an adult literacy collection that includes books selected for adults wishing to improve their reading skills.

If you’re preparing for the Washington state driver’s license written exam, you can find practice tests available for free through driving-test.org, available on the library’s Online Resources page (nols.org/online-resources). Practice tests include driver’s license, motorcycle license and commercial driver’s license (CDL) exams.

Brainfuse HelpNow, an online tutoring service for all learning
levels — kindergartners through adults — is also available at the library’s website. HelpNow provides one-on-one online homework help, writing assistance, access to practice tests for SAT and ACT and more! Check it out at nols.org/helpnow.

Books for all ages

Browsing in the library is another great way to discover something new. Non-fiction books for kids are also a good way for adults to learn something new, without committing to an in-depth study.

Here are a few titles that grown-ups and kids can both enjoy”

“Your Place in the
Universe” by Jason Chin

Explore the known Universe and consider its mind-boggling scale in this crisply illustrated, well-researched picture book. – From the publisher

“Horse Power: How Horses Changed the World”
by Jennifer Thermes

From their earliest evolution to the invention of the “horseless carriage,” this picture book captures how — for much of human history — horses powered the world! – From the publisher

“Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes: Mythology from Around the World”
by Marzia Accatino

From monster-slewing heroes to ancient accounts of gods and goddesses from all around the world, such as Thor and Odin, this is a fun and fascinating journey through the realms of mythology, enthralling with tales of creation, legendary fables, gods, and beasts. — From the publisher

And more

Getting a library card is free and provides access to all of the library’s online resources, in addition to all the great things available for check out!

To sign up, bring your ID to the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., and your friendly library staff will get you set up.

For more information, visit nols.org or call 360-683-1161.

Emily Sly is Sequim Library’s branch manager.

Sequim Library manager Emily Sly. Photo courtesy of North Olympic Library System

Sequim Library manager Emily Sly. Photo courtesy of North Olympic Library System