Watertown Library Offers Service With 1,000s of Online Courses

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As kids and teachers prepare for a new school year, the Watertown Free Public Library reminds residents of ALL ages that they can learn online anytime with Lynda.com.

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that the library introduced to Watertown residents a little over a year ago. It offers more than 5,000 self-paced courses on a wide variety of topics: leadership and business skills, programming, photography, 3D modeling, and much more. Learners can follow courses from start to finish, or pick and choose individual videos to meet their immediate needs.

Anyone with a Watertown library card can access Lynda.com via the dedicated link at watertownlib.org/lynda. For those who aren’t sure where to begin, the library website offers lists of suggested courses on topics like financial planning, maker technology, and graphic design.

“Hundreds of residents have used Lynda.com through the WFPL’s shared subscription,” notes Library Director Leone Cole. “We’ve heard stories of people starting their own websites and exploring new careers based on what they’ve learned.” Course topics popular among local residents include WordPress, project management, audio recording techniques, and Excel.

A workshop on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., “Learn Something New with the Library,” will provide a hands-on introduction to Lynda and other library resources for self-guided learning. Registration opens on Aug. 28 online and at 617-972-6436.

About the Watertown Free Public Library

The Watertown Free Public Library provides access to a wide variety of popular materials, resources, services, and programs that fulfill the informational, cultural and recreational needs of Watertown and surrounding communities. The WFPL works to create an environment that attracts and welcomes users of all ages and abilities.

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