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

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.
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 get started with coding
Alex Sejdinaj

How to get started with coding

As cofounder of the South Bend Code School, I love to see the excitement that comes when those with no technical background begin to program their own websites, games and projects.
How to start your houseplant collection
Sarah Richards

How to start your houseplant collection

I thought my friend’s plants were wonderful, and so I started to grow my own.
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.
Living safely in an old home, especially with kids
Matthew Sisk

Living safely in an old home, especially with kids

South Bend is filled with wonderful historic homes, but they come with certain risks. I learned how to tackle them—and you can, too.
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.
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 invest your first $1,000
Chris Lutz

How to invest your first $1,000

As a professional financial advisor here in South Bend, I know that people often think they need to be wealthy to start investing. But that’s really not the case.

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Live & Learn

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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: Well-Being

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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