The school year may be winding down, but many adults continue to pursue their own learning goals. The library offers many free opportunities to learn new job skills, computer skills, language skills or life skills, both online and in person.
Beginning in May, the Nixa Branch Library will host free weekly English language classes. Non-native speakers in our community will learn and practice practical, everyday speaking skills with instructor Susan McCartney.
Susan McCartney teaches ESL (English as a Second Language) courses at OTC-Richwood Valley campus. OTC offers free ESL classes for adults in Springfield, Nixa and Hollister. Topics for these library classes include listening and pronunciation, filling out medical forms and other documents, and communicating with teachers and administrators at your child’s school. Registration is required, and participants can call the Nixa Branch Library at (417)724-6100 to register.
Churches and other organizations that serve non-native speakers are also encouraged to reach out to the Nixa branch for information on how these classes might help their communities.
Whatever you want to learn, the library also offers access to an online learning platform called Gale Courses, with hundreds of six-week, online courses taught by live instructors that include interactive time, two lessons per week, quizzes, and a final exam. Students who pass the courses receive a certificate, making it a convenient option for occupations that require ongoing professional development. Similar courses might cost $100 or more through other avenues.
Courses are available in the following categories: Accounting and Finance, Business, Computer Applications, Design and Composition, Health Care and Medical, Language and Arts, Law and Legal, Personal Development, Teaching and Education, Technology, and Writing and Publishing.
Students will need a library card to register for courses. Course offerings, descriptions, and student reviews are on the Gale Courses website, which can be accessed through the library’s home page at http://christiancountylibrary.org. Click “Research,” and find “Gale Courses” in the alphabetical list of databases. Courses include everything from digital photography to accounting fundamentals, Windows 10 to navigating divorce. Once you’ve found a course you’d like to take, click “enroll” and follow the onscreen instructions. New class sessions begin approximately once per month.
The library continues to offer a number of in-person technology courses and programs on many topics taught by library instructors and community experts, but Gale Courses allows students to reinforce skills learned in the library, master more advanced computer and job skills, and gives them the opportunity to choose classes on dozens of other topics.
Contact the Christian County Library for more information at (417) 581-2432. Library cards are free for all Christian county residents.