Library offers free online courses

The Chandler Public Library’s free online course program for adults has a new name—Gale Courses. Previously known as Learn4Life, Gale Courses provide patrons with library card access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics related to career education, college readiness and personal development.

Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7.

Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline. Gale Courses are easy to use; use your library account to sign up and log in. Six-week courses are available year-round.

“Part of our mission at the Chandler Public Library is to inspire and engage lifelong learning in our community,” says Library Director Brenda Brown. “With Gale Courses, our customers will be able to enroll in courses covering all types of topics and subjects. Whether someone is considering going back to school and wants to explore different fields or just interested in digital photography, the course catalog offers something for everyone.”

Courses topics include career and professional development, computers and technology, and personal enrichment. Patrons can enroll at no cost. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released weekly (for a total of 12), and new sessions beginning every month. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor coordinates every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.

Additionally, through July 26, participants of the Summer Reading Program can earn a badge, as well as 25 points, for registering for a class through Gale Courses, and providing proof of registration to a staff member. For more information about the Summer Reading Program, go to For questions or more information about Gale Courses, call (480) 782-2800 or visit

On June 21st, 2014, posted in: News
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