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Beyond the Bookshelves: Discover, inspire and grow 24/7 at your library

Looking for help for the next phase in your life or career? You may find the answer at your fingertips thanks to your Geneva Public Library card.

One of our newest resources for patrons is Lynda.com, which offers thousands of video tutorials in eight subject areas ranging from business and technology to design and photography.

There is instruction available for every level: beginner, intermediate and advanced. You can opt for continuing education in your field or become proficient in a new skill.

Watch the tutorials on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Your library card number provides instant, free access, and you can choose the courses you want, based on your schedule, and practice with the instructor’s files while you watch and listen.

Here’s a sample of current classes:

• Computer Literacy for Mac

• Marketing Tips

• Photo Tools Weekly

• Before & After: Graphic Design Best Practices

• Teacher Tech Tips, Music Production Secrets

• College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay

• Business Writing Strategies

• Moodboards for Web Designers

• Windows 10 Essential Training

Want more information or need some help with Lynda.com? Contact digital services librarian Ellen Anderson at 630-313-1006 or eanderson@gpld.org.

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A note from the circulation desk: Video games are moving. As of Oct. 7, you will still find youth, young adult and adult video game cases in their respective departments, but all of the actual game cartridges and discs will be available for checkout at the main circulation desk on the first floor.

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“The Librarian Recommends”: Colleen Dixon, youth services librarian, says one of her favorite books is “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein.

“A famous game-maker, Luigi Lemoncello provides the funds for the construction of a new town library,” she reports. “He then selects 12 12-year-olds to participate in a sleepover to celebrate the grand opening. Once inside, they learn that they will have to use the information they find in the library to solve clues that will help them escape from the library.

“Since I work at the library, sometimes I am in the building when it is closed. I always think it would be a great place to have a scavenger hunt. This book makes me wish that Mr. Lemoncello’s library was a real place that I could explore.”

• Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing coordinator for the Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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