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by Evan | May 03, 2018

The Great Courses

Free college education -- right here at the Allen County Public Library!

Not a free diploma, mind you. Just the lectures. We're not having you take any tests or write any papers, but we are offering you thousands of hours of free lectures by top college professors.

It's called The Great Courses series. There are courses you can "take" on your car CD player while commuting to work each day and courses you can watch on DVD. We've got hundreds of them, and I've listened to dozens, appreciating each one. 

I've caught up with ancient civilizations, the symphonies of Beethoven and most recently the history of the Earth. You might choose the mystical traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam or mathematical decision making or, if you are really ambitious, Medical School for Everyone.

You can go to a college and audit a course for $900 or take one of ours for free -- courses given by teaching stars. Courses you can play back to review the hard parts. Courses that usually include a book that outlines what you are hearing. 

It's a good deal. I encourage anyone who wants to learn just for the fun of it to listen up. 

EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.


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  1. Evan Davis | May 08, 2018
    Glad to read that, Joseph. There are so many good courses out there. ... And, Meg, I need to get a phone with more gigabytes so I can fit Hoopla into my 21st century lifestyle. The one I've got is full with the music I've downloaded from Freegal -- another service of ACPL. 
  2. Joseph VanBuren | May 08, 2018
    I love The Great Courses and first discovered them through ACPL!
  3. Meg | May 07, 2018
    You can also download them on Hoopla.

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