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      Library Offers Access to Online Courses

      NEW! Highland Park Public Library cardholders can enroll in courses ranging from beginning drawing to accounting & finance. Courses are offered once a month, span 6 weeks, and are led by an expert instructor who will be responsive to each student's learning needs. Next session begins January 21. Learn more and register here.

      Never stop learning


      Whether you’re looking for college-level, professional development, or personal enrichment courses, Highland Park Public Library now offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

      Gale Courses offers access to online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere, any place. Other benefits include:

      • Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline
      • Gale Courses is easy to use; you use your library account to sign up and log in
      • With six-week courses, you can join programs year-round

      Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone:

      • Career & Professional Development: Many courses are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations. Examples include: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing


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      December 8-14: Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code

      The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. President Obama kicked off the 2014 Computer Science Education Week with a new call to motivate students worldwide to try the Hour of Code. 


      According to

      • Despite the fact that computer science leads to some of the most top-paying careers, less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science
      • Of the 3.6 million High School A.P. exams, less than 3,000 African Americans and Hispanic students took the A.P. computer science test.
      • Of the 57% of bachelor’s degrees that women earn, only 12% of computer science degrees are earned by women.
      • 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer science courses and 30 out of 50 states don’t consider computer science as a part of a math or science requirement for high school graduation.

      Spend an hour exploring a variety of self-guided computer programing challenges:



      Code with Angry Birds and Zombies.










      Code with Anna and Elsa.








      Code Monkey

      Code with monkeys!










      Bits Box

      Code apps on a virtual tablet.












      Create a spooky interactive game.










      3 new scratch activities.









      Code Avengers

      Make a 2D action game for 2 players.









      Code Combat

      Use javascript to defeat ogres.









      Small Basic

      Microsoft: real coding in SmallBasic, the free programming tool.






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