Learning Opportunities

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Public libraries have always supported self-directed learning, through printed books to audio language courses on disc and informative in-person lectures. Providing access to high quality, online lessons build on that important mission. Try out the resources below to take your skills and expertise to a higher level. 

Many of the resources below allow you to create accounts and track your progress, often earning certificates of learning along the way. Grab your all-important library card and get started!

In-Person

  • 27 Feb 6:30pm

    Three conversations in an hour with other people in Maine. The prompts are simple. The conversations are non-political. What might you learn about (or from) your fellow humans? Let’s find out.

  • 29 Feb 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 05 Mar 6:00pm

    Three crime fiction writers, who publish very different types of mysteries, discuss how they create their characters, as well as revealing the inside information on how they build the complicated worlds where their stories take place. Lively discussion is planned—lots of opinions!—and extended Q&A along with it. Featured writers are: Joseph Souza, Brenda Buchanan, and Richard Cass.

  • 07 Mar 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 08 Mar 12:00pm

    Jerry Farnham talks about his new book, Red At Night, growing up on a lobsterboat, and his experiences being a blue collar author.

  • 11 Mar 12:30pm

    Join photojournalist Monty Orrick as he discusses his new book, The Crater Lake Murders: The story of the 1952 murders of two General Motors executives and the search for a killer hiding in plain sight.

  • 14 Mar 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 15 Mar 10:00am

    Join the USM Cybersecurity Ambassadors to learn about social media safety, home cyber safety, identity theft, and phishing. There will be time for your computer safety questions as well.

  • 18 Mar 3:30pm

    We’re starting a new 4-H Club at Scarborough Public Library, and we want you to be a part of it! Join staff from Cumberland County Extension and Scarborough Public Library to learn more about this new 4-H opportunity for youth ages 5-18.

  • 19 Mar 6:00pm

    Ret Talbot is an award-winning independent journalist and writer who covers ocean issues and animals at the intersection of science and sustainability. His most recent book is Chasing Shadows, written with shark biologist Greg Skomal.

  • 21 Mar 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 28 Mar 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 03 Apr 6:30pm

    This learning event will explore Artifical Intelligence in its historical and current contexts and examine the scope of how AI could change society. Along the way, we'll ask and address: Who owns AI? What are the ethical issues that come with using it?

  • 04 Apr 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 05 Apr 10:00am

    Join the USM Cybersecurity Ambassadors to learn about digital footprints and current scams. There will be time for your computer safety questions as well.

  • 08 Apr 10:00am

    Take a deep dive into using Cloud Library—a statewide collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks and our newest service Libby—an eBook platform that works with Kindle Paperwhites in addition to Android and Apple devices and computers.

  • 09 Apr 11:30am

    Learn how to request materials in the  Minerva and MaineCat catalogs. Explore the Library’s website and discover how sign up for events and booklists.

    Registration is required. Bring your own device or we will have computers and borrowable tablets to use.

     

  • 11 Apr 11:30am

    Want to rest your eyes but continue to be inspired by great storytelling? Listening to audiobooks and podcasts is a fabulous way to engage with content hands-free, allowing you to simply sit back and listen, or busy your hands with other tasks while still attending to a book or podcasts.  

  • 11 Apr 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 22 Apr 3:30pm

    We’re starting a new 4-H Club at Scarborough Public Library, and we want you to be a part of it! Join staff from Cumberland County Extension and Scarborough Public Library to learn more about this new 4-H opportunity for youth ages 5-18.

  • 25 Apr 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 09 May 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 16 May 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 23 May 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

  • 30 May 3:30pm

    It's COZY SEASON! Let's make something!

    Are you crochet curious? Join us for this beginner's class on crocheting with yarn. All materials provided, but if you have a pretty yarn you would like to work with please bring it! 

Value Line value

The discounted price for a personal Value Line subscription is $198.00 annually. They don't offer a monthly option.