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

Discerning fact from misinformation online
Sara Maloney

Discerning fact from misinformation online

Thanks to the Internet, many of us now have easy access to a lot of information. Working at the public library, I often answer questions about how to spot misinformation online.
Getting back on your feet after hard times
Komonique Thomas

Getting back on your feet after hard times

I truly believe that while some individuals have had a difficult past, with empathy, support and investment they can have a brighter future. I have spent my career providing services to overlooked and underserved members of our community, and I hope that learning about these resources can benefit you, as well.
Discovering a love of Mexican cooking
Humberto Delgado

Discovering a love of Mexican cooking

Food is my passion, in no small part because it is a great way to connect with my own history. No matter where your family comes from, I bet you’ll enjoy making many of the same wonderful dishes that I do.
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.
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.
Finding resilience in the face of adversity
Fred Teague

Finding resilience in the face of adversity

My whole life has been about overcoming the worst a person can endure, and yet I am proud to stand today as an example of resilience. It is a skill that I learned and worked hard to cultivate.
Creating a beautiful environment for young children to learn and grow
Emily Rupchock

Creating a beautiful environment for young children to learn and grow

I’ve spent my career thinking about how to provide children with spaces that are both practical and inspiring.
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.
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.

Live & Learn

Live & Learn

Bendable just got its first report card. As 2020 wrapped up, we received an independent evaluation from a major consulting firm, FSG. It called our “progress thus far impressive" and praised our “inclusive approach to building community buy-in.” It also offered eight recommendations to help us improve. “We’re deeply committed to engaging all of South Bend,” said Lex Dennis, director of lifelong learning at the Drucker Institute, which created Bendable and helps the library run the system. “We’re off to a great start, but we never stop asking, ‘How can we do even better?’”

Learning for work

Here are some learning resources to help you grow your career. You’ll find more in the ‘Explore’ tab.

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: A Happier, Healthier New Year

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 over the past couple of weeks.

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