Learning Circles: Online Learning with In-Person Guidance

Are you interested in online learning but feel intimidated by the process? Do you want to expand your educational horizons but worry that embarking on coursework independently or online isn’t for you? If so, joining a Learning Circle at Cleveland Public Library can help jump-start your online education.

Cleveland Public Library is partnering with Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to bring Learning Circles to neighborhood branches. Learning Circles are study groups that allow people to take online courses together, in person, with the guidance of an in-class facilitator. This process creates an accessible, low-pressure, community-centered introduction to online learning.

A Cleveland Public Library librarian will not only take the class along with students, but will provide assistance and real-world skills as a course facilitator. All classes and study materials are free.

Cleveland Public Library’s first Learning Circles include:

Audience at seminar applauding young black woman at lecternIn business, in school, and in public life, we are often called upon to “make a few comments.” Often, people tasked with such speeches become flummoxed. They might not know what to talk about, or ramble without making a point, or simply be confusing to listen to. This course is designed to help you shine where others falter.
(Course materials provided by University of Washington.)

This Learning Circle meets every Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting 13 Nov. for 5 weeks.

Mondays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
November 13 – December 11

Cleveland Public Library
Louis Stokes Wing – Second Floor (Conference Room A)
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Facilitator: Denise Williams-Riseng


 Start Writing Fiction

creative writingHave you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, held every Monday for six weeks, provides insight into how authors create their characters and settings. Students will learn about the art of writing fiction and have the opportunity to share their stories with others.

This Learning Circle meets every Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. starting October 2. for 6 weeks.

Mondays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
October 2 – November 6

Fleet Branch
7224 Broadway Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44105
Facilitator: Tracie Forfia


Resume Writing

Image of ResumeCreating a dynamic resume could make the difference between getting an interview or not, and in a competitive job market, this is critical. In this six-week course, learn how to effectively develop employment application materials for today’s job market by honing your resume writing skills and developing an effective cover letter.

This Learning Circle meets every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. starting October 3 for 6 weeks.

Tuesday 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
October 3 – November 7

Rice Branch
11535 Shaker Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44120
Facilitator: Audrey Sumser