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By Lindsey Travis
Sweetwater County Library System 

Why not learn something new


This year I’m taking the plunge and going back to school to get my master’s degree. I graduated from college back in the late 90s, so it’s been a while since I actually had to study, write research papers or take tests. It will take me a few years to earn my degree, so I’m making quite the time commitment. Thankfully, with modern technology I can get my master’s degree without ever stepping foot in a classroom. It’s amazing how much things have changed since I was in college.

I know that going back to school is not for everyone. The cost associated with getting a degree and the time commitment may be too much. You can, however, learn something new without actually going back to school and without spending any money.

The Sweetwater County Library System offers on online service called Universal Class. The service is free with your library card. Through Universal Class you can take online classes on hundreds of subjects. Do you want to learn how to use Excel? Universal Class has a class on the program.

Want to learn about gardening? Sign up for a course through Universal Class. The service has classes on everything from technical writing and building a sales team to biology and history.

So if you want to learn something new, why not try Universal Class? It’s a free way to expand your knowledge and learn something new. Find out more about Universal Class by visiting the Sweetwater County Library System’s website at and clicking on Databases at the top of the page. On the Databases page, Universal Class is listed under SCLS Databases. Click on the link and then on Course Catalog to find out what classes are offered.

Speaking of expanding your knowledge, we have some programs coming up that will help you learn strategies for saving money while shopping.

Bridgette Nielsen, a local super saver, is presenting Super Savings and Couponing Part 1 at the libraries this month. Her class will focus on finding sale prices, using coupons and saving while shopping, primarily at grocery stores. You have two options for attending her class. The first is at 6:30 p.m. January 15 at Rock Springs Library. The second is at 10 a.m. January 24 at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River.

Super Savings and Couponing Part 2 will be held at both libraries in February. Part 2 focuses on more complicated couponing such as doubling coupons, store rewards and rebates.

The class will also take a look at online shopping and how to find online coupons and how to avoid shipping costs. You do not have to attend Part 1 of the class to attend Part 2.

Nielsen says the classes are independent of each other. Super Savings and Couponing Part 2 will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Rock Springs Library and at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at the library in Green River.


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