Do you love to learn and now you have some time, as well? Me, too! The computer age has made it easy to learn right in the library or in your home. Most libraries are much more sophisticated then when I was young. Now they offer lectures, classes, DVDs, CDs, and some librarians can help you with a job search or genealogy. You can download books and some magazines at home. Be sure to check out your local libraries. The following offerings are online or onsite.

My recommendation is to copy and paste the following links into a program on your computer such as Notes, Pages, Word, Excel - you get the idea. Click on one link at a time and make a note of what is most useful for you. 

I apologize for the different colors in the hyperlinks. This is a Blogger quirk and is not within my control.


  • Coursera - online classes on a broad range of topics. You can learn anything from business to history to architecture. Courses are free but you can pay for a certificate of completion.
  • Meetup is a site you can join and find groups with your interests. I joined “Washington DC History and Culture.” This group offers a wide variety of webinars and may resume live tours in 2021. A collection of their tours and events are on YouTube.
  • Museums offer excellent views into their collections and offer occasional lectures.
  • National Constitution Center - online lectures, webinars, podcasts, onsite tours in Philadelphia, PA
  • OpenCulture - free site with downloadable books, audiobooks, films, language classes and many other items of interest.
  • The Spy Museum - online activities and presentations, museum in Washington, DC
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - online presentations, information, articles, searchable database, museum in Washington, DC
  • Universities - many universities offer free online courses. For example, here’s the link for Harvard’s options: 
  • White House Historical Association - digital library, images, events online in 2021, not sure if there will be in-person meetings in the future
  • William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA has lectures scheduled and archived.
  • YouTube - did you know you can take classes from top university professors? This link will bring you to a search for classes, and you can see Stanford, MIT, Yale and Harvard are among the many universities represented.


The Bernard Osher Foundation offers onsite classes for mature adults around the USA and their website lists locations.

Look into your local Parks and Recreation Department as they usually have classes for Seniors. Many cities have local Senior Centers with exercise classes, special interests and hobbies and other kinds of classes. 


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