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.
The first three Learning Circles will begin in October at the Fleet, Jefferson, and Rice branches, but additional classes and locations will follow. 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:

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. EDT 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


Management for a Competitive Edge

leadershipWhether you’re interested in running a multinational company, a domestic manufacturing plant, a coffee shop, or even working for yourself, management is a key function in the business world. This free class, held every Tuesday evening for four weeks, offers strategies to make your career or business more successful.

This Learning Circle meets every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., starting October 3 for 4 weeks.

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
October 3 – October 24
Jefferson Branch
850 Jefferson Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Facilitator: Steve Capuozzo


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. EDT 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