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One Weird Trick to Learn Anything


"Having fun isn't hard, when you've got a library card" Arthur sings in the "Arthur's Almost Not Real Live Music Festival" which originally premiered in the US in 1998. I learned this to be true this week when I wanted to learn a new skill.


I recently got promoted and my new role requires taking on more office tasks. Logically, I decided to buff up my Microsoft Office knowledge. I've grew up on Windows '95, but things have changed. I wanted to master Excel. The wondrous, mysterious, beauty that are spreadsheets.


I went on the Seattle Public Library website to see if the library offered any classes nearby. I keep getting ads on Facebook for Excel classes online that are discounted to only a couple hundred dollars, but if I can use my public resources and get it for free, then I'd rather do that.


After searching for classes near me, I found one! But it was the same day. At 5:30. When I was finished with work at 6. Humph. That's when I turned to my online resources.


Lynda.com has an agreement with the library systems in my area to allow people to use the site's resources completely for free. Normally a Lynda subscription is around $30/month. I jumped on this opportunity by going to my library's website, searching lynda.com, and following the link that prompts me to Lynda's website.


I now have multiple playlists on different office skills I want to learn, from the full Microsoft Office Suite, to Photoshop. There's even a Microsoft Office Specialist certification that's offered through the library that you can study for on lynda.com. This certification proves that you have mastered all of the skills throughout the Suite. This is something I'm working towards.


Go try your local library for their great resources! You never know what you'll be able to find!



Catherine Langmack lives in Seattle, WA with her love. She's passionate about tending to her backyard crops, writing, and researching.


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