Excerpt from 500 word blog post:

10 Surprising Lessons You Can Learn with Lynda

If you’ve visited the Library in person or via our website over the last few months you’ve probably encountered a reference to Lynda. You may still be wondering, “Who is this Lynda? Why does the Library want me to meet her so much?”

Lynda.com is the learning platform founded by Lynda Weinman in 1995 and acquired by LinkedIn in 2015.  Lynda.com began as an online web design learning resource, but these days Lynda can teach you a lot more than technical skills. With your library card you have access to thousands of online courses—all for free.

Not sure where to start? Check out our list of favourite stuff you can learn from Lynda.

Business & Careers

  1. Find a Job
    Lynda offers training in many job-hunting skills, including this course which takes you through the whole process. This program will help you set goals, write resumes, get an interview, ace it, and more.
  2. Become a Social Media Marketer
    On Lynda.com you can take individual courses or follow a “learning path” of linked modules which can help you on your way to a particular career path, such as learning all about social media marketing.
  3. Improve Your Skills with Microsoft Office
    Don’t have time to come to the Library for a computer class? No problem –Lynda’s got you. While it’s not surprising that Lynda.com offers training in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and the rest of the Office suite, we were impressed that our Lynda search for Office courses brought in over 1400 results. There will be something helpful for anyone from beginners to Office pros

Read more of my contributions to the Halifax Public Libraries Blogs here.

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Caption for historic postcard “walking tour” project:

St. George’s Church has stood at the corner of Brunswick and Cornwallis Streets in the north end of Halifax since 1800. Its unusual design was influenced by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn in his fondness for the round “Palladian” style of architecture.  Only two churches were ever built in this style in all of North America and St. George’s is the only one surviving to the present day.  Robert Fitzgerald Uniacke was the rector of St. George’s church at the time Confederation was signed. He held this position from 1825-1870 and during his tenure, he created many initiatives to help the poor of his parish. While not politically active himself, Uniacke was the son of politician Richard John Uniacke, one of the early advocates of a united British North America.

View the entire project here (I contributed ten captions).

Excerpt from the Halifax Public Libraries previous blog The Reader:

Dark humor for dark times.

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.”
— Erma Bombeck.

This is a hard time of year. Daylight is shrinking, the season of impossible gift lists approaches, exams are bearing down on students, it’s too cold to go out but not cold enough for fun times in the snow, and men everywhere are sporting cheesy moustaches. If you are like me and feeling the gloom of winter getting under your skin I have a seasonal gift for you: a list of laugh-out-loud memoirs you can enjoy in small or large doses in between shopping trips, holiday concerts, and beginning and ending the work day in the dark. You’re welcome.

Jenny Lawson, also known as “The Bloggess”, is no stranger to walking the line between pain and humour. Her memoir Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (a mostly true memoir) is a collection of the best posts from her very successful blog (www.thebloggess.com). She paints a picture of her dysfunctional small-town Texas childhood and ongoing struggles with mental illness in a series of anecdotes that are both awful and awfully hilarious. Chapters range through various time in her life depicting, among other things, her eccentric taxidermist father who brings home random wild animals (which he may occasionally throw at someone as a form of greeting), very funny episodes from her time working in HR policing employees’ use of company email to send pictures of their private parts, to a ridiculous argument she has with her husband via post-it notes.

What I loved about this book was Jenny Lawson’s voice –it’s conversational, irreverent, and very real. Her adventures are sometimes extreme, but the basic fears she has are totally relatable. Many of us feel uncomfortable at a party; most of us are not so uncomfortable that we tell our spouse’s coworkers an imaginary story of how we survived being attacked by a serial killer. Thank goodness Jenny Lawson is here tell us what it would be like if we did. I found myself often actually crying with laughter while reading this book (this also provided some secondary entertainment for other passengers in the car I was traveling in. Good times).

Note: Jenny Lawson’s humour is edgy and there is a liberal amount of profanity in this book, so you may want to pass if you are offended by strong language.


View more of my past contributions to The Reader here.


You can also read more of my work on the Welcome Shores Community Refugee Project blog.