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Leisure Learning

The Great Courses

Learn at your leisure with Great Courses.
Feed your mind with Science, Religion & Spirituality, History and more.
Feed your body with Self-Improvement, Health & Fitness, Cooking & Food and even Martial Arts.

This month's featured topics include:

Great Courses: Deep Thoughts

From the history of the world to the origins of life itself, Great Courses delves into things that make you go "Hmmmm." Titles include: The Big Questions of Philosophy; Memory and the Human Lifespan; and The Creative Thinker's Toolkit.

Great Courses: Ancient Civilizations

Let Great Courses show you the splendors of ancient civilizations around the globe as you dive into their people, languages and accomplishments. Titles include: Conquest of the Americas, Classical Mythology and Lost Worlds of South America.

Browse all the Great Courses

Explore the full collection of the Great Courses, including Literature and Science collections.

Browse the Great Courses

The Great Courses Videos

View the entire Great Courses video collection. Stream videos in browser or using the OverDrive app (iOS and Android).

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More Learning: Face-to-face

Visit a Sno-Isle Community Library to explore these in-person classes.

Write Now

Join a community of local authors at a Write Now class at your local Sno-Isle libraries community library. Write Now classes are designed to help authors across all levels and genres. Select from a variety of classes and learn from experienced professionals. All Write Now events are free to attend. Find dedicated time to hone your craft at a Sno-Isle Libraries Writing Group.

Upcoming Write Now classes

Write Now: How to Write Your Novel in Nine Weeks

Lake Stevens Library - Sat, Oct 19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Write Now: Spark- Igniting Your Imagination

Mukilteo Library - Sat, Oct 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Write Now: Piggyback Picture Books - Learning from the Masters

Coupeville Library - Mon, Oct 21, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Write Now - New Paradigms, Unruly Worlds - A Primer for World-Builders

Freeland Library - Wed, Oct 23, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Write Now: Picture Books - Learn From the Masters

Snohomish Library - Sat, Nov 02, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Write Now: Someday is Now - Create & Maintain Your Writing Practice

Monroe Library - Sun, Nov 03, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Write Now - Five Keys to Creating Compelling Characters

Mill Creek Library - Mon, Nov 04, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Write Now - Igniting the Spark in Your Imagination

Freeland Library - Wed, Nov 06, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Write Now: The 30 Chapter Memoir

Marysville Library - Wed, Nov 06, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Craft of Fiction - Write Now

Lakewood/Smokey Point Library - Thu, Nov 07, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Someday is Now: Creating and Maintaining Your Writing Practice - Write Now

Lakewood/Smokey Point Library - Sat, Nov 09, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Write Now: Family History - Writing the Story When They Left No Stories

Brier Library - Sat, Nov 09, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Write Now - The Writer's Business Mindset - From Idea to Sales

Freeland Library - Wed, Nov 13, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Write Now: Someday is Now - Creating and Maintaining Your Writing Practice

Mountlake Terrace Library - Sat, Nov 16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Write Now: A Simple But Strong Structure - Presented by Lois V. Harris

Sultan Library - Mon, Nov 18, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Write Now - What Can You Do With First Person?

Mill Creek Library - Mon, Nov 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Write Now - How to Live the Writer's Life

Freeland Library - Wed, Nov 20, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Write Now: The Craft of Fiction

Camano Island Library - Thu, Nov 21, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Write Now: Revision With Precision

Mariner Library - Sat, Nov 23, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Write Now - Creativity Techniques to Leap Over Writing Ruts

Mill Creek Library - Mon, Nov 25, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Write Now: Marketing Your Self-Published Novel

Marysville Library - Wed, Dec 11, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Write Now - Writing for Regional Newspapers and Magazines

Freeland Library - Sat, Dec 14, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Write Now - Introduction to Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction

Freeland Library - Wed, Jan 15, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Upcoming Business Pros

Business Pros classes are taught by local business experts, and cover all aspects of starting, running, and growing a business. Classes are free of charge and are offered all over our library district. Look for an upcoming class and register your spot. One-on-one mentoring also available.

Business Pros classes

Starting a Home-Based Business - Business Pros

Lynnwood Library - Sat, Oct 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

SCORE: Starting a Home-Based Business - Business Pros

Sultan Library - Sat, Oct 19, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Recession-Proofing Your Business - Business Pros

Lakewood/Smokey Point Library - Sat, Oct 19, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Extraordinary Elevator Pitches - Business Pros

Oak Harbor Library - Thu, Oct 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Why Are You Failing At Social Media? with Matt Cail - Business Pros

Mill Creek Library - Thu, Oct 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Conversion Copywriting 101 - Business Pros

Oak Harbor Library - Thu, Nov 07, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Your Business - Finance Smart - Business Pros

Mountlake Terrace Library - Sat, Nov 09, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Your Business - Market Smart - Business Pros

Mountlake Terrace Library - Sat, Nov 09, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Crowdfund It - Business Pros

Mukilteo Library - Sat, Nov 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

More Learning: Online

Learn from home, on-the-go or while using a public computer at a Sno-Isle Community Library.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach language. Courses are offered in over 70 languages, including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish and even Pirate! Mango Languages is free with your library card. Create an account to start learning and tracking your progress.
Mobile apps available: iOS and Android

Lynda.com

Lynda.com offers video tutorials on web design, business skills, photography, Microsoft Office and much more to help you achieve personal and professional goals. Log in and start learning a new skill today!

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