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Free online courses and March Madness Tournament of Books at the Batavia Public Library

Feb 27, 2017 09:41AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

March Madness Tournament of Books

The Library’s second annual Tournament of Books begins with a Sweet Sixteen of books suggested by Batavians. These 16 titles will contend for the top spot in playoff-style brackets, March 6–29. Each weekday in March, the Library will announce a match between two fiction titles published in 2016, on Facebook and at the Reference Desk. The winner, determined by voters, will move on. At the end of the month, one title will emerge victorious.

Each vote (one per person, per day) is an entry in a drawing for book prizes at the end of the tournament. Daily results will be posted on a tournament board near the Reference Desk and on the Library Facebook page.

An annotated list of the 2016 Sweet Sixteen books is available at the Reference Desk. Ballots are available beginning March 6.

Last year, Batavians chose Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf as their favorite fiction book of 2015.

Free online courses

The following paragraph is not a secret. Tell your family, your friends, and your neighbors.

Gale Courses, a free online resource available to Batavia Public Library cardholders, offers free professional development and personal enrichment courses you can take in your own home or office when it fits your schedule. The free courses are instructor-led, run for six weeks, and begin monthly.

Did we mention the courses are free?

There are more than 350 courses available. Course topics are too numerous to list here; however, course categories include accounting, finance, business, computer applications, design, healthcare, language, personal development, technology, and publishing.

Do you want to learn CSS3 and HTML5? Beginner and advanced courses are offered.

Do you want to learn about stock options or real estate investing?

Have you considered starting your own business online or a consulting practice?

“You can learn something new, improve your skills, or begin training for a new career,” said Stacey Peterson, Adult Services manager. “Gale Courses have so much to offer. Once people hear about it, they can’t believe these courses are available for free.”

To browse the Gale Courses catalog and to register for your first course, visit > Research/Databases > Gale Courses. It could change your life.