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Here is some learning that we’re really focused on right now.

Laquisha Jackson

How to start a small business in the food industry

After 19 years in the hospitality industry, I wanted to switch lanes and start my own venture in the food industry. Actually, I wound up starting two—one for-profit and one nonprofit. I hope these resources can help guide you in taking the first steps to start your own food-related enterprise.
8 Resources
How to buy your first house in South Bend
Anna Kennedy

How to buy your first house in South Bend

What neighborhoods should you look at? How big a mortgage should you apply for? What kind of lender should you use? As a new homeowner, here’s how I figured it all out.
10 Resources
Finding resilience in the face of adversity
Fred Teague

Finding resilience in the face of adversity

My whole life has been about overcoming the worst a person can endure, and yet I am proud to stand today as an example of resilience. It is a skill that I learned and worked hard to cultivate.
8 Resources
How to build your own gaming PC
Fenil Patel

How to build your own gaming PC

After falling in love with personal computers, I built my first one in 2013. Now, working on PCs is my career. With this resource list, you can learn to build your own PC.
8 Resources
How to start your houseplant collection
Sarah Richards

How to start your houseplant collection

I thought my friend’s plants were wonderful, and so I started to grow my own.
7 Resources
Reggie Brooks

Staying fit at home

Going to the gym is great. But if you can't seem to find the time to get there or can't afford it, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout. And that’s true whether you’re just starting to exercise or are a former professional athlete, like me.
5 Resources
Olivia Critchlow

How to become a better leader

In my job at Leadership SBM, I help to cultivate civic leaders across the area. What I’ve learned in this role is that leadership is not about power or the size of your paycheck. It is about being authentic and taking action. Anyone can become a leader—and these resources, which I’ve used in my own life, will help to show you how.
9 Resources
Getting back on your feet after hard times
Komonique Thomas

Getting back on your feet after hard times

I truly believe that while some individuals have had a difficult past, with empathy, support and investment they can have a brighter future. I have spent my career providing services to overlooked and underserved members of our community, and I hope that learning about these resources can benefit you, as well.
7 Resources
How the news works from a South Bend perspective
Caleb Bauer

How the news works from a South Bend perspective

“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy,” Nelson Mandela once said. As a local resident in the thick of the news, I couldn’t agree more.
9 Resources

Live & Learn

When Ben Bulgrien wanted to research a new career in marketing, he knew where to start: his local library. Five years later, he’s showing others in South Bend how to make the most of their library, too. In January, he’ll lead an in-person workshop expanding on his Bendable Community Collection—a playlist of learning resources—by detailing additional tools and touring the St. Joseph County Public Library’s digital media lab. “The resources that the library gave me is what got me into the position that I’m in now,” Ben said. “So it’s cool to be a part of someone else’s movement in their own direction.”

Learning for work

Here are some learning resources to help you grow your career. You’ll find more in the “Explore” tab.

Aprende algo nuevo

Te mostraremos algunas formas excelentes para aprender en español. Encontrarás más cursos en español en la sección “Explorar.”

Spotlight on: Cooking with your family

Here are some great ways to learn about this featured topic.

Staff picks + More clicks

Here are some upcoming learning events and other resources from the St. Joseph County Public Library. You can see related courses by clicking at the bottom of each card or swiping right!

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Here are the most viewed learning resources in South Bend over the past couple of weeks.

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