Join our study groups to gain new skills and connect with others in your community while learning something together in the library.
We’re partnering with Peer 2 Peer University to host study groups to support learners who want to complete online courses together, in-person at the library. Each course lasts about six weeks. This is our second round of Learning Circle study groups following our small pilot this spring.
Register online for the following courses:
Beginner's Guide to Academic Writing
Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.
Intro to HTML and CSS
Learn how to convert digital design mockups into static webpages by perfecting page layout, breaking down a design mockup into page elements, and implementing it in HTML and CSS.
- Albany Park: 4 p.m. every other Tuesday starting September 15
- Harold Washington Library Center: 11 a.m. Thursday starting September 17
Introduction to Public Speaking
Learn the principles of public speaking by critically examining your own and others’ speeches through interactive practice.
NCLEX-Registered Nurses Test Prep
Prepare for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) with content developed specifically for nursing students getting ready for the test.
- Edgewater: 6 p.m. Thursday starting September 17
- Harold Washington Library Center: 2 p.m. Saturday starting September 19
- Manning: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday starting September 23
Resume Writing and Interview Skills
Learn how to effectively develop employment application materials for today's job market by honing your resume writing skills, developing an effective cover letter, and showcasing your personality, strengths, interests, and abilities to potential employers.
- Clearing: 6 p.m. Wednesday starting September 23
- Daley, Richard J.-Bridgeport: 6 p.m. Tuesday starting September 29
- Jeffery Manor: 5 p.m. Thursday starting October 1
- Lincoln Belmont: 4 p.m. Tuesday starting September 22
Start Writing Fiction
Learn how to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing first on the central skill of creating characters.
- Greater Grand Crossing: 4 p.m. Wednesday starting October 14
- Whitney M. Young, Jr.: 4 p.m. Wednesday starting October 14
We’ve designed the course time so you gain experience giving and receiving feedback, working in groups and feeling comfortable working online.
- The courses will run for five to seven weeks.
- We’ll provide computers and all necessary course materials.
- A community organizer will guide your study group through the materials.
- You can always slow down or speed up your own pace, as all materials are online throughout the course.
- Most courses are designed so you can complete the work during each week’s meeting. But we encourage you to stay engaged during the rest of the week. See individual course listings for more details.
- You’ll receive a certificate from P2PU and CPL at the end of the course.