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Here is some learning that we’re really focused on right now.

Voting as an informed citizen
Lisa Plencner

Voting as an informed citizen

As someone who is passionate about encouraging as many people as possible to participate in elections, I’m delighted to share a set of resources that will help you be more knowledgeable when you vote and give you other ways to engage in the democratic process.
Learn how to fix your bike—and then where to ride it
Zack Vandeman

Learn how to fix your bike—and then where to ride it

With these tips, you’ll not only be able to get your bike in gear, you’ll also discover some of the best places around South Bend to go for a spin.
Navigating school for your child with special needs
Marla Godette

Navigating school for your child with special needs

As someone who has spent a long time in the field, I know how hard it can be for parents when your child is struggling with either their physical or mental health.
How to buy your first house in South Bend
Anna Kennedy

How to buy your first house in South Bend

What neighborhoods should you look at? How big a mortgage should you apply for? What kind of lender should you use? As a new homeowner, here’s how I figured it all out.
Understanding the history of racism in South Bend
George Garner

Understanding the history of racism in South Bend

Having worked at the Civil Rights Heritage Center at IU South Bend for eight years, I’ve gathered these resources to provide a deeper understanding of the fight against racial injustice.
How the news works from a South Bend perspective
Caleb Bauer

How the news works from a South Bend perspective

“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy,” Nelson Mandela once said. As a local resident in the thick of the news, I couldn’t agree more.
Where to find artistic inspiration
Alex Ann Allen

Where to find artistic inspiration

A year ago, I left my job installing windows to become a full-time artist in South Bend. Here are some resources I use to get my creative juices flowing.
Learning to have better conversations with the help of restorative justice
Derrick Perry

Learning to have better conversations with the help of restorative justice

You don’t have to be involved with the criminal justice system to gain important insights from a practice that replaces doling out punishment with repairing harm.
How to start making films on a budget
Chuck Fry

How to start making films on a budget

I spent some time in California, but then I came back to South Bend to make films—and you can learn to make them, too.

Live & Learn

Live & Learn

For six weeks this summer, 89 young people took part in a jobs program through South Bend Venues Parks & Arts—and Bendable was their partner. They took five different courses and a career assessment, with 87% of participants indicating that the learning was “relevant to my future.” Eighteen-year-old Devan Negron (shown here) found the course on goal setting to be particularly useful. “I learned to take small steps and go at a steady pace,” he said.

Resilience in the face of crisis

Here are some learning resources to help you navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll find more in the "Explore" tab.

Spotlight on: Parenting

Here are some great ways to learn about this featured topic.

Staff picks + More clicks

Here are some upcoming learning events and other resources from the St. Joseph County Public Library. You can see related courses by clicking at the bottom of each card or swiping right!

Most popular

Here are the most viewed learning resources in South Bend.

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