No matter where you are in life, your library card is your ticket to learning a new skill for free! At the library, you’ll find tons of online courses and interactive sites to help you find a new job, prepare for college, succeed in school, or simply learn something for fun.
Find Job Skills Training and Career Help
Whether you’re looking for a new job or hoping to climb the career ladder, you can learn the career skills you need to succeed when you use your library card to access any of these helpful sites!
Through JobNow, you’ll get free, live help from a job coach who will show you how to search for a new job, complete a job application, and prepare for job interviews. You can also submit your resume and receive feedback from career experts, find ready-to-use resume templates, and find careers that match your skills and interests. Learning Express Library, another online tool, also has a resume and cover letter builder you can use to make your job application stand out from the competition.
If you need to add a new skill to your resume in order to make your job search more successful, you’ll find plenty of free online self-paced courses through Udemy and Gale Courses. Once you create an account, you can access courses on topics like Microsoft Excel, digital marketing, website development, management, business writing, and more.
Need your high school degree to get the job you want? Adults who want to complete their education may qualify for a scholarship to our Career Online High School program, where you can earn your high school degree online for free.
If you’re not sure how to get started finding a new career or learning the skills you need for your next job, book a 1-on-1 appointment with library staff, who can help you work on your resume and cover letter and show you how to use any of the job training resources we offer.
Creative Skills and More
Udemy and Gale Courses aren’t just for professional development. You can use both platforms to learn new skills for fun, too! Both Udemy and Gale Courses have classes in creative skills like drawing, piano, photography, and guitar, but you’ll also find courses in things like stress management, public speaking, starting a business, and personal finance.
Interested in finding a new hobby? Watch crafting classes at home and try a new hobby at your own pace with CreativeBug, a site filled with over 1,000 award-winning craft video classes taught by experts and artists. Normally, you would need to pay a subscription fee to access their classes, but when you create an account with your Addison Public Library card, your subscription is free! You’ll find classes on watercolor painting, hand lettering, jewelry making, knitting and crochet, sewing, DIY home décor, and more.
Homework Help, Test Prep, and Kindergarten Readiness
Did you know you can get free homework help from the library? One way to get homework help from home is to check out Live Homework Help, which provides a free online tutor for students. You can access Live Homework Help up to 5 times per week, and can even use a digital whiteboard to draw out homework problems. You can also build your writing skills in the online writing lab and improve your reading, writing, math, and other school skills through Skill Surfer. To find homework help at the library, you can book a 1-on-1 appointment with our staff, who can help you answer quick homework questions and show you how to use our online resources to complete school projects. Students in grades 1-5 can also book a 1-on-1 appointment to build skills and confidence in reading and math.
High school students and adult learners alike can take free practice tests on Learning Express Library, where you’ll find free ACT practice tests, free SAT practice tests, AP test preparation, and even GED, TOFEL, and US citizenship practice tests.
Children who are not yet in school can prepare for kindergarten with Miss Humblebee’s Academy, a site filled with fun and interactive lessons geared towards children 3-6 years old. You can use Miss Humblebee’s Academy on your tablet or smartphone, making it great for learning on the go! For even more kindergarten preparation, you can also sign your child up for a 1-on-1 appointment focused on early literacy or sign your child up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program in the Children’s Services department.