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Oscar Grady Library continues to add to its resume PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:38


There’s a new addition to the Oscar Grady Public Library: Gale Courses. The library, as well as the rest of the Monarch Library System, now subscribes to the database that is an online educational resource for patrons, businesses and staff. “It’s a very big deal,” Oscar Grady Library Director Jen Gerber said. “This is something that we’ve been working on, trying to get for our library for several years and just recently acquired the funds to do it through the state budget. So having something like this, which is beneficial to the schools in the area, the businesses in the area, our own staff as a resource for continuing education, it’s a pretty big deal.” The library learned it was getting Gale Courses about a month ago after funding was approved through the Wisconsin state budget for the next two years. The hope is to receive permanent funding to sustain the database. She says Gale Courses support libraries as educational institutions and gives its members access to lifelong learning opportunities, including professional development, technology and personal enrichment courses. It provides more than 365, six-week long online programs taught by college instructors. People can visit the library or log in from home to use it. “I would really hope people see it as much of a resource as we do,” Gerber said. “Someone has signed up for one about blogging and creating your own audio podcast. You can get certification in various nursing things, EMT tests, ACT prep courses for high school kids thinking about entering college, there’s courses how to write your first mystery novel, courses on business and leadership.” Some of the courses offered support business professionals, including business law, human resources, management, manufacturing and marketing. There are also computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced. Other courses deal with parenting, the arts, hobbies, health and wellness and continuing education credits. Lessons are assigned twice a week and often feature text, video, interactive games and images. New courses begin each month. “The exciting thing about this data base that’s different than any other one that we’ve ever had is that they’re all instructor led,” Gerber said. “So it’s kind of similar to taking an online college class. You actually log in online, take it at your own pace but there is an instructor that does grade you and give you feedback on the work that you’re doing.” n In other library news, Oscar Grady’s Adult Recipe Club will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and is looking for new members. The theme ingredient for February is potato (cold or hot) dishes. People are asked to bring samples of their food and a copy of the recipe to share with the group. Registration is required and additional information is on the library’s website or by calling the circulation desk at 284-6022. n There is also a substantial collection of items related to the history of sports in Saukville, the Saints’ and A.C. baseball teams. A cabinet not only has uniforms and statistics, but photographs that go as far back as the beginning of the past century.

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