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New Year, New Skills


01/05/2022

Learn Something New Calendar Entry


New Year's resolutions- many of us love to make them but very few of us actually complete them. Perhaps it is because we set unrealistic goals or just lack follow through, or maybe it is because we set good intentions without knowing how we can actually achieve our goals and resolutions? This year, set yourself up for success by taking advantage of all the free resources your Indianapolis Public Library offers. If your goal is to master sourdough baking or perfect your knife skills, we have classes and books for that. Want to become a runner? We can help with that too! Want to learn a new language, discover a new craft, develop a reading habit, or learn to code? We can help you with all of those things as well. All you need is a resolution and your Library card!

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Learn Coding Skills at the Library
Learn a New Craft or Hobby
Level Up Your Reading, Listening, or Watching Game
Great Courses
Learn A Language
Start a Garden
Start or Expand a Workout Routine
Cook Something
Genealogy
Get Organized


Learn Coding Skills at the Library

Here are some of our favorite library resources, free online help, and community organizations that can help you take the first step into developing new coding and tech skills.

Coding and Tech Skills

Get Started with Microsoft 365

You can find all of the programs we offer here or join our coding and tech-focused community page on Meetup.com.


Introduction to Microsoft Word Online

Introduction to Microsoft Word Online

Online

Join us for a three-part Intro to Microsoft Word Level 1 - Layout, Navigation, and Formatting Text. Level 2 - Lists, Images, and Page Layouts.  Level 3 - Tables, Collaboration Tools, and Sharing. This series will demonstrate all skills using Word Online in a web browser on a windows 10 computer.

Beginning HTML Study Group - You must have a library card to participate in this program

Online

Work at your own pace with a TeamTreehouse account provided by the Library. Study HTML, the simple coding language that builds the Internet, or any subject you'd like to learn that TeamTreehouse offers. Meet with other students twice a month to have your questions answered and practice as a group.

Start Building a Free Website With Wix.com

Start Building a Free Website With Wix.com

Online

Learn the first steps in using the Wix program’s free drag-and-drop editor and templates for creating a customized website. No coding knowledge is required! This class covers basic website creation and the manipulation of basic web page elements such as text, images, and links.


Learn a New Craft or Hobby

We offer both free in-person classes and crafting activities and online tutorials through Creativebug. Learn everything from a new painting technique, how to use that Cricut you haven't gotten out of the box yet, 3D printing, and so much more in the style you prefer!

Get Creative! Online Art & Craft Classes from Creativebug

Level Up Your Knitting Skills with Creativebug

Explore a New Hobby with Digital Magazines

3D Printing

Handmake a Book

After School Playdate: Block Party

After School Playdate: Block Party

Online

Kids and teens are invited to a Block Party! Bring your LEGOs, K'nex, Duplos, or your favorite building bricks and complete building challenges with Learning Curve hosts and other kid builders!

Saturday Morning Playdate: Block Party

Saturday Morning Playdate: Block Party

Online

Kids and teens are invited to a Block Party! Bring your LEGOs, K'nex, Duplos, or your favorite building bricks and complete building challenges with Learning Curve hosts and other kid builders!

After School Play Date: Kid’s Coding Club

After School Play Date: Kid’s Coding Club

Online

Kids ages 8 and older and teens can join the Learning Curve online to learn about the Scratch programming language and work on a coding project. The emphasis will be on working on different long-term Scratch projects, whether by oneself or with a partner and socializing with other attendees!


Level Up Your Reading, Listening, or Watching Game

Did you resolve to read more pages, explore audiobooks for the first time, watch a documentary a week, or explore a new genre in 2022? We can help you with all of your reading, watching, or listening resolutions. You don't need a Spotify, Audible, or Amazon Prime subscription; all you need is your Library card! Looking for a reading challenge to start off the new year? Join our #WakeUpIndy challenge now!

Stream Music or Concerts

Read an E-Magazine

Download an Audiobook

Read an E-Comic

Read a Newspaper Online

Discover Our Staff's Favorite Reads

Great Courses

Did you know that with your Library card, you have free access to Great Courses through Kanopy? The Great Courses cover Finance, Health, Hobbies, Food and Wine, History, Literature and Language, Math and Science, Music and Fine Arts, Philosophy, Professional and Personal Growth, Travel, Programs for Young Learners, and more. Start learning.

Learn a Language

¿Hablas español? Sprichst du Deutsch? If the answer to either of these questions is no but you would like to, try Mango Languages. Mango is a free language learning website that can also be used on a smartphone as an app. Learn or master a new language without having to pay for Duolingo!

Get Started with Mango Languages


Start a Garden

Did you know that we have a seed library? From March-October, you can check out seeds from any seed library location and you don't even have to return them or the wonderful plants you will grow. We also offer books, classes, and tips to help you develop a green thumb!

Using Your IndyPL Library Card to Start Your Garden

Winter Sewing Seeds Outdoors

Indoor Kitchen Gardens


Start or Expand a Workout Routine

The most popular New Year's Resolution is to start or grow an exercise routine. The Library might not be the first place you think about for physical fitness unless you think about lifting heavy books as weights, but did you know that we have hundreds of exercise classes available to check out on DVD or to stream online? We also have a Fit Lit Book Club, Tai Chi classes, and expert staff members who have compiled their favorite exercise information for you.

Guide to Running in Indianapolis

Workout From Home

Namaste-New Materials on Yoga


Cook Something

Explore new recipes, food or beverages from different cultures from around the world or a different region of the United States, check out a food magazine online or even take a plant-based cooking class.

IndyPL Winter and Holiday Cooking

Wine

Baking Bread

Meal Prep

Fit Lit Book Discussion - Dada Eats

Eat Like Your Favorite Characters

Genealogy

Whether you are a first-time family tree maker or an expert researcher, we can help you explore your family heritage through our numerous databases and services. Within our branches, you can access Ancestry Library Edition for free and from anywhere, you can access research databases, newspapers, or even a video course from Kanopy on how to get started learning about your background.

Genealogy Classes & Research Help


Get Organized

From Marie Kondo to the Flylady system, organization can take many shapes and forms depending on what your personal style is. Learn about these systems and more ways to clear the clutter for good by picking up one of our staff recommended reads on organization.

Get Organized

Let's Get Organized

Let's Get Organized