Lyndaopens a new window is a website and app (free with your Library card) that you can use to learn on the go, at home, and at the Library. It’s a great resource for people looking to try something new or expand their existing skillsets. Courses are sorted by category, including popular topics like business, photography, filmmaking, art and animation, and web development.
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With Lynda, you’re just a few courses away from taking that next step in your career. Because you get a certificate of achievement for every course you complete in this app, you can add the experience you gain to your resume, which can help impress employers. Lynda has courses on project management, marketing, team building, and improving your skills with Microsoft Office.
Want to learn how to take a better family photo? Know your camera equipment inside and out after studying tech tutorials, or learn how to take your photography on the go with tips for shooting with your mobile device. If you want to turn this hobby into some extra cash, then pick up some pointers for earning money shooting stock photography.
Are you the next Steven Spielberg? Get the skills you need to break into the world of professional film. Begin by learning the latest advancements in programs like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects, and work your way up to creating your first short film.
No matter your skill level, Lynda has a lessons for every instrument from jazz piano to banjo. Let your songwriter dreams soar with vocal lessons and tips on writing and reading sheet music. Learn to polish your product by unlocking professional music production secrets. Then, once you’ve got your act together, find out how to make money from your gigs and merch sales by taking advantage of tax and accounting tips for musicians.
Learn how to bring your story to life on a page by becoming a 2D digital animator. Figure out how to create your own concept art for your projects, gain valuable tips and tricks from the field of animation, and learn to block out scenes with animated assets.
Learn the skills to work with both back-end and front-end technologies as a full-stack developer, and be sure to incorporate principles of accessible web design in all of your projects. Or, if you’re just starting out, learn the essential ins and outs of HTML.
For tips on signing up with Lynda for free using your Library card, visit our FAQs.