Monday, May 16, 2016

Free@Your Library. . .Reading Program, Universal Classes

The Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library staff is gearing up for the annual Summer Reading Program.

Bethia Owens, librarian, said the sign up for the program begins May 31, and the reading program runs through June and July.

This year’s reading program is “Get in the Game-Read,” and Owens said the program has a sports and games theme.

Owens also reminds library patrons of the Universal Class program that offers free classes and continuing education via the internet.

She explained the program requires students to sign up at the library using their library card, which is also free. Prospective students must also sign on at a library internet address. That process confirms the student is serious about the study.

Universal class offers over 500 courses, and has over 600,000 students.

“It’s super,” Owens said. “You are connected to a professor, and you do the course work and take tests, all from home. It is very formal and well respected. I use it for the staff at the library. And it’s free.”

At the successful completion of the course, the student is awarded a certificate.

Owens said classes range from formal math, English, GED test prep, computers, etc., to how to braid hair, how to write a novel, how to paint faces, decorate a cake, research genealogy, and even driver’s education. All the courses are self-paced, meaning the students learn on their own time and do not need to be online at a specific date or time.

For more information on Universal Class or the Summer Youth Reading Program contact the library at 918-775-81.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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