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A Message from Morton

Yes, there are lots of activities taking place at Morton but there is also something new in our library world – free online courses that are available with your library card.
Starting this week, MHLS patrons will have access to Universal Class! Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses online in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs) authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons can take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more.

Tuesday’s Tip

Climate Action Week 9/23-30                  September 17, 2019

When we think about the problems changing climate is causing -and will continue to cause- it’s overwhelming and can make us want to ‘just not think about it’. That (in)action will only ensure that there will be no improvement, and probably a worsening of the situation.
Climate Action Week gives us an opportunity to consider ways we can effect positive changes to reverse, or at least mitigate the intensity of some impacts. It won’t happen without a lot of cooperation and effort. Many impacts we want to forestall are the ones that negatively affect the health, safety and well- being of humans and the other living organisms we depend on for survival. The cost of doing nothing is immeasurable. A quick look at the devastation caused in the Bahamas by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, and other monster storms of recent memory that hit U.S. shores (Katrina, Irene, Sandy, Lee), as well as worsening heat waves, should provide us with incentive to make a big effort—and soon!
https://www.who.int/globalchange/commit/en/

Air pollution claims over 7 million human lives annually around the world and the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change are a main factor.

https://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/COP24-report-health-climate-change/en/

The youth of the World are looking to the adults to do what we can to protect them from the consequences of a warming planet. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Book Drop Makeover

Our beloved book drop got her makeover; and is ready to accept your items during our off hours.

Morton Board Meeting Dates

The meetings of the Morton Board are held on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

January 3, 2019, February 12, 2019, March 7, 2019, April 4, 2019, May 2, 2019, June 6, 2019, August 1, 2019, September 5, 2019, October 3, 2019, November 7, 2019, December 5, 2019.