Pierson Library Offers Online Continuing Education Courses and Streaming Movies

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Pierson Library in partnership with Recorded Books announces availability of online continuing education service Universal Class, and streaming movie service IndieFlix.

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A huge movie section and access from your own living room for free? It doesn’t get much better than that!

Pierson Library has partnered with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD) to offer two electronic resources: Universal Class and IndieFlix. Universal Class is an online continuing education service providing a diverse offering of courses for personal and professional growth. IndieFlix is a premier online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

Universal Class offers Pierson Library patrons a unique online education experience. With a growing catalog of over 500 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality online training. Over 300,000 students around the world have benefited from Universal Class’ unique instructional technologies. With real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses, students enjoy an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps them master and document their educational goals.

Universal Class offers patrons free 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…and hundreds more.

“Every time I tell patrons about the wide variety of free online courses available through Universal Class, I enjoy seeing their surprised reactions,” said Lara Keenan, Pierson Library Director. “People can’t believe that they can learn about virtually anything, with actual instructors, online at their own pace—for free! The Pierson Library enjoys offering community education programming of all types and with the availability of Universal Class, the library can vastly expand its offerings.”

Through the library’s website, Pierson Library patrons also have unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. IndieFlix is available on Apple®, Android™, and all Internet-enabled devices. Patrons can also watch movies on TV with their Roku devices.

“Several patrons have expressed surprise at the large number of films available and delight in how easily they were able to watch movies at home,” added Keenan. “A huge movie section and access from your own living room for free? It doesn’t get much better than that!”

The Pierson Library hosts monthly IndieFlix Movie Nights, during which the library highlights one of IndieFlix’s films, documentaries or classic television shows. After each viewing, Library Director Lara Keenan leads a short discussion of the selection and attendees enjoy lively discussions about race, classic TV themes, food, and more. Join Pierson Library at the next IndieFlix Movie Night on September 30 at 6:45pm for a viewing of “Picking for Picasso.”

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Details on how to access these services may be found at http://www.piersonlibrary.org, or see a Pierson Library staff member.

About Recorded Books
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of over 13,500 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides digital audiobooks and eBooks to libraries through its proprietary OneClickdigital platform, as well as electronic resources, including digital magazines and films, through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. The Company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD. For more information, visit http://www.recordedbooks.com.

About Universal Class
Universal Class, Inc. [also known as UniversalClass™ or UniversalClass.com™] provides online continuing education courses to schools, libraries, companies, educators, and individuals throughout the world. It aims to advance intellectual exchange in teaching, research, and service with its technology and belief that lifelong learning should be affording to all people of all cultures. With a growing course catalog of over 500 online classes, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality continuing education. Over 300,000 students around the world have benefited from Universal Class’ unique instructional technologies. With streaming video, website avatars, insightful instructional content, helpful tutors, and a social networking experience, Universal Class offers an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps students master and document their educational goals.

About IndieFlix
IndieFlix streams thousands of award-winning films from festivals around the world. IndieFlix is dedicated to providing a forum where filmmakers and their audiences can interact, and to building a community that translates artistic vision into commercial success. IndieFlix promises to build a fair and open market to empower filmmakers to be the engine of their achievement, and audiences to be a vital part of a movie's success. We believe that every good movie has an audience. For more information, visit http://www.Indieflix.com.

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