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New database offers more than 500 free courses

A new database offering more than 500 free non-credit Continuing Education Courses is now available to you as a library patron. Click on the Universal Class button on our homepage — the one with the apple and the words “Learn Something New Today” in the second row, second column.

You will have to enter your library card number and PIN. Then look at the huge number of courses available to you — from accounting and bookkeeping to new age and alternative beliefs, alternative medicine to office skills, arts and photography to parenting and family, performing arts to psychology, cooking to crafts, financial management to science, health and medicine to spiritual studies, teacher tools to real estate — the list is almost endless.

You are welcome to enroll in up to five courses, and you have six months to finish each course. You have access to your course 24/7 via the Internet. You attend class and do assignments on your own schedule. Each course has a real instructor whom you may communicate with using email.

These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. Enjoy — and take advantage of this free service to expand your skills and deepen your knowledge of a subject that interests you.

Christian inspiration

“Becoming a Man of Unwavering Faith” by John Osteen takes advantage of the author’s 60-year ministry to offer seven qualities of steadfast faith, as well as principles to lean on when faith doesn’t seem to work. In “Through My Eyes” by college football quarterback Tim Tebow, recently drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos, this amazing young man reveals how his Christian faith, family values and relentless drive shaped his life.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“Trespasser” by Paul Doiron is a thriller set in the Maine wilderness. “Kindred Spirits” by Sarah Strohmeyer features a club of four young mothers facing a shocking secret after one of them dies. “Back of Beyond” by C.J. Box is a murder mystery set in Yellowstone National Park. “Justice” by Karen Robards features an attorney in the Secret Service’s unofficial witness protection program. “Quinn” by Iris Johansen is the latest in the Eve Duncan forensics thriller series. “Dog Eat Dog” by Laurien Berenson is the latest in the series featuring Melanie Travis.

“Split Second” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the thriller series featuring FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. “Dick Francis’s Gamble” by his son Felix Francis is a murder mystery set at a race track. “Murder of a Bookstore Babe” by Denise Swanson is a murder mystery set in a bookstore. “The Ideal Man” by Julie Garwood follows the primary witness in an FBI agent’s shooting. “Drawing Conclusions” by Donna Leon is the latest in the Guido Brunetti mystery series. “Bannon Brothers: Trust” by Janet Dailey follows a cold case abduction of a three-year-old baby girl. “Against All Enemies” by Tom Clancy with Peter Telep is a thriller featuring an unholy alliance between the Taliban and a vicious Mexican drug cartel.

Large print for men

“The Last Manhunt” is a Ralph Compton western by Joseph A. West. “Victory and Honor” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is part of the Honor Bound war novel series.

Large print romance

“From Barcelona with Love” by Elizabeth Adler is a romantic suspense story about a celebrity charged with murder — or is it a setup? “The Preacher’s Daughter” by Cheryl St. John is a romance between an innocent housekeeper and a man with demons in his past. “The Secret Mistress” by Mary Balogh is the latest in the historical Mistress series. “Heat Wave” by Nancy Thayer follows a young widow who keeps her family in their grand Nantucket house by turning it into a B&B.


“The Ledge” by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan is an adventure story of friendship and survival on Mount Rainier. “Once a Warrior Always a Warrior” by Charles W. Hoge, a doctor and Army colonel, is a handbook for veterans returning home from combat and their families facing the horrors of combat stress, PTSD and mTBI.

New novels

“The Brightest Star in the Sky” by Marian Keyes features a spirit that comes into a Dublin town house and affects the lives of its mismatched tenants. “Raising Stony Mayhall” by Daryl Gregory is a zombie novel about the life of a baby found stone-cold and not breathing.

“The First Love Cookie Club” by Lori Wilde is a romance that brings a teenager’s first love back to town.

Quotable quote

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955), winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921.


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