Got Cabin Fever? Start a New Hobby with Gale Courses

Anne Olivier, Adult Librarian, Woodland Hills Branch Library,
Collage of classes available through Gale Courses
If you’re looking for something different and fun to do, why not try out a new hobby?

Have you caught up on all your shows? Reorganized your closet? How are you spending your time as we socially distance? If you’re looking for something different and fun to do, why not try out a new hobby? With your library card, you can access hundreds of classes through Gale Courses. They’re interactive and led by instructors who are professionals in their field. The best part? These same courses can cost $100 or more through community college extension programs, but with your library card, they’re free! The classes run for six weeks, start up every single month, and they're self-paced.

Here's a tutorial on how to use Gale Courses.

You’ll have to create an account the first time you sign up for a class. You’ll be asked for your email address to enroll. Then, use your library card number to access your class.

Here are just a few of the class offerings from Gale Courses:

Introduction to Guitar

arm strumming a guitar

Learn to play guitar, and become the musician you've always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you'll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations.

Write Your Life Story

women at a desk

Have you thought about writing your story, sharing life-altering events? Does your family really know about their heritage? If you've ever thought about writing your life story, now is the time! This course walks you step-by-step through the process of writing your life story. It's fun. It's exciting. It's a story only you can tell!

Start Your Own Edible Garden

bunch of vegetables

Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season.

Again, there are many, many more to choose from. Here’s a sampling, arranged by category:

Language and Arts

Personal Development

Writing and Publishing

There are hundreds of course offerings, all with start dates each month.Take a look, there’s bound to be something for you!