Universal Class a Database Review

As school starts and parents, teachers, and students alike may find themselves struggling as they try to get back into the swing of early mornings, science projects, and the dreaded math homework the Chickasha Public Library has a great resource to help you with that, well, not the mornings, you are on your own there.  

Universal Class is a database with over 500 online classes available for library customers.  Classes range from accounting to history to various crafts and hobbies. But there are many courses geared specifically to students, parents, and teachers. 

 The first step will be to create an account with Universal Class. You will need your Chickasha Public Library card and an email address. Universal Class does not allow the same email address to be used for multiple accounts, however you can take up to 5 courses at time. 

Now it is time to start picking classes. If you are a new teacher or just want to brush up on your skills, there is a section called Teacher Resources that is filled with great classes like Solving Classroom Discipline Problems that covers creating a discipline program that is molded to work for you and your students and managing diverse student populations and Understanding Learning Styles which will help you gain basic knowledge of learning styles and how they apply to your students.

If only parenting came with a manual, raising kids would be so much easier. While Universal Class can’t provide an in-depth guide, it does offer some classes that can help. Building Children’s Reading Skills. This course instills an understanding of the development of reading skills from preschool through adulthood and helps the student begin to consider specific strategies which could be utilized to increase the skills and development of anyone’s reading.  

Unfortunately children today still encounter bullying at school. The class Bullying in Elementary  defines and addresses some of the causes of bullying and supplies tactics to prevent it from happening. If you have observed bullying behavior in your own child, this is an ideal course because it covers prevention and effective solutions for ending bullying. 

There are many courses available for students that allow them to do a deep dive on a topic like the Salem Witch Trials. Most history classes do not have the time to thoroughly explore the people involved in the trials or unique setting of a very small, very religious village this course does, with lessons focusing on the accusers and the accused alike as well as the judges who decided the outcome. 

Before a deep research dive, you will want to brush up on your research skills. The class Basic Research Skills can help. This class highlights sources beyond the internet to help students investigate any topic they may find.  

Of course, life isn’t just about studying, a person needs hobbies to give their mind a break from school and work. Universal Class offers a plethora of classes for people looking to expand their hobbies.  You can get a head start on birthday presents with classes like Soapmaking 101 and Knitting 101 or learn to treat yourself with a class on Therapeutic Bathing.   The library encourages you to create an account with Universal Class to explore all the classes on Universal Class.

Artistic Adventures!

Are you feeling creatively inspired by the happy frenzy of colorful books on the outside of the library building? Do you want to acquire new art skills in drawing, painting, craft making, or photography? If so, you can find your inner artist by exploring the 700s in nonfiction! If you aren’t sure what you would like to pursue artistically, browsing through the entire section can lead to encounters with new and interesting art possibilities.  There are collections of art from various museums (709 Smithsonian), specific types of art (759.979 Tanner), as well as art from a particular time and place (709.45 Toman). These can give you an idea of what kinds of art you may want to learn more about.  

For “how to” books that develop technical skills for drawing and painting, a good place to start is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards (741.2 Edwards). This book contains exercises that will help train your brain to be able to draw what you see from life. A delightfully whimsical book that can help you to develop both skills and whimsy is The Pencil Playbook : 44 Exercises for Mesmerizing, Marking, and Making Magical Art with Your Pencil by Ana Montiel (741.24 Montiel).

There are several books about pencil drawing that teach how to sketch buildings, people, wildlife, objects, and developing skills such as shading and perspective.  The books in 741 go into detail about drawing in both pencil and colored pencil, and how to make your art come alive as realism, fantasy, or illustration. Because drawing is a foundational skill for all two-dimensional art, these books can also help develop technical and compositional skills that are also used for oil pastels, painting, and photography.

Learning how to paint can feel overwhelming at first, but there are many books that break down the process into specific skills and techniques that build upon each other.  A quick look through the 750s will give you books about color, composition, texture, and some of the finer points about the differences between acrylic, oil, watercolor, or tempura paint. If you are unsure about the different types of art supplies, books about painting can help to explain the different effects and uses of each type of paint, as well as specific considerations. There are many photos of the art in progress that will show what the canvas looks like during various stages, which can help you to visualize each step. One word of caution, however: although art books show completed steps, they don’t always show the mistakes that often happen as part of the learning process (and can sometimes lead to new discoveries!). In addition to painting on canvas, you can also read about painting murals (751.73 Grund), objects (745.723 Edwards), and henna (391.6 Roome). If you want to do art while simultaneously playing with your iPad, there is even a book that will teach you how to do that (776 Jardine).

If you love paper, ephemeral documents, and preserving memories, scrapbooking is a great way to combine all of those.  To learn more, look in 745.593 for lots of tips and techniques that will turn your pretty paper and photographs into beautiful memories. More paper fun can be found with collage, including Collage with Color: Create Unique, Expressive Collages in Vibrant Color (702 Davies) and Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations, and Exploratory Projects (702.81 Shay). 

Finally, if you want a truly self-referential experience, you can make books into art with Alter This! Radical Ideas for Transforming Books into Art (745.593 Hennessy)! While you should never alter library books in any way, old books can be given a new life as artwork and can be a great way to display both creativity and a love of reading.

Storytime @ the Park

The Chickasha Public Library is offering a free Storytime session at Centennial Park every Tuesday Morning at 9:30 am. Storytime last about 30 minutes and is held under the large pavilion at the park. There is no registration for this program.

Storytime at the Park is geared towards children five and younger and their caregivers. We will sing, listen to stories, play, and learn early literacy skills.

For additional information, call 405-222-6075, or visit us at 527 W Iowa Ave.

Have you heard about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program?

You can sign your little one up for the Chickasha Public Library’s Raise Readers 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge today, using Beanstack, or by visiting the library at 527 W Iowa Ave.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting a 2-week fall ‘Used Book Sale’.  The sale begins Tues., Oct. 19, 2021 and extends through Sat., Oct. 30, 2021.   There will be no sales on Sundays.

The hours for the ‘Used Book Sale’ will coincide with the ‘open hours’ of the Library:  Mon.-Thurs. 9:30am – 7:00pm; Fri. 9:30am – 6:00pm; Sat., 10:00am-2:00pm.

The event will be held in the Library’s community meeting room, located at 527 Iowa Avenue, Chickasha, OK. 

Visitors will enjoy browsing through the selections of Children, Teen, and Adult fiction books, Reference Materials, Non-fiction books, DVDs, and Books on CD.

For this sale, those purchasing materials will be asked to make a financial donation rather than having individual prices on all the items.  The suggested donation is $1/book except for children’s books.

Proceeds from the ‘Used Book Sale’ will be used to purchase new books and materials for the Library.

Also … Friends of the Chickasha Public Library memberships and financial donations may be made at any time at the Library or mailed to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 265, Chickasha, OK  73023.   

Include your name, mailing address, phone number and email address, if available.  

For more information about the ‘Used Book Sale’ and any Library event, please call the Library at 222-6075.