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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: 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.

Great Courses: Literature

Whether you're a passionate bookworm or gazing wistfully at the books you never have time to read, you'll find something in these Great Courses to delight your inner literature lover! Titles include: The Books That Shaped America, The Dead Sea Scrolls and The Odyssey of Homer.

Great Courses: Science

Explore the mysteries of the brain, the history of science, and other scientific marvels in this collection of Great Courses! Titles include: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity; Music and the Brain; and 12 Essential Scientific Concepts.

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Explore the full collection of the Great Courses, including Deep Thoughts and National Geographic collections.

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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: Opening the Fountain

Freeland Library - Wed, Sep 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Write Now: - Creating Your Writing Persona

Langley Library - Thu, Sep 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Lake Stevens Library - Sat, Sep 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Write Now: Book Marketing From Your Couch, Social Media 101

Clinton Library - Sat, Sep 28, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Write Now: Writing the Short Mystery

Snohomish Library - Sat, Oct 05, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Write Now: Marketing Your Self-Published Novel

Oak Harbor Library - Sat, Oct 05, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Write Now: Promotions and Publicity for the New Author

Arlington Library - Mon, Oct 07, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Write Now: Marketing Young Adult and Middle-Grade Novels

Oak Harbor Library - Tue, Oct 15, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Write Now: How to Write Your Novel in Nine Weeks

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

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

Business Pros - Steps to Starting a Successful Business in Washington State

Camano Island Library - Thu, Oct 03, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Innovation and Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs - Business Pros

Lynnwood Library - Thu, Oct 03, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Business Pros: Starting a Home Based Business - Business Pros

Stanwood Library - Sat, Oct 05, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Steps to Starting a Successful Business in Washington State - Business Pros

Lakewood/Smokey Point Library - Sat, Oct 05, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Starting a Home-Based Business - Business Pros

Brier Library - Sat, Oct 12, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Why Are You Failing At Social Media? Fails, Best Practices, & Other Stories - Business Pros

Lakewood/Smokey Point Library - Sat, Oct 12, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Your Business - Start Smart - Business Pros

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

Your Business - Plan Smart - Business Pros

Mountlake Terrace Library - Sat, Oct 12, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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

Choosing a retirement plan for your small business - Business Pros

Freeland Library - Sat, Nov 09, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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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