Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Classes


Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Memphis Public Libraries is providing continuing education and lifelong learning classes designed to give people an opportunity to grow in their professional and personal lives by offering 4 intense weeks of study in various subject areas.

Business

Marketing, Promotions & Branding

(In-person & Virtual)

Learn how to create your own media, create strategic messaging, design effective collateral, targeting, and public engagement in a fun series on the different aspects of marketing, promotions and branding for events, businesses, and organizations. Q & A, give-a-ways and more!

Instructor: Pearl “Hair Deva” Walker founder of the Walker Group Public Strategies. Walker is a professional influencer and founder of The Walker Group Public Strategies offering branding, marketing, promotions, civil and community engagement, and political consulting.

Where: Whitehaven Branch Library, 4120 Mill Branch 38116 (Conference Room)
Virtual information provided after registration
Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Program offered in-person and virtual. Please select one option:

Computers/Technology

Microsoft Excel for Beginners

(In-person)

Learn the basics of inputting, categorizing, displaying, and saving your data in an excel sheet. Baseline computer skills necessary for Excel will be reviewed as well.

Instructor: Andre Boulay is a self-described young, hip, all-around likable guy who has been using computers his entire life. Well versed in Microsoft products, his instructions include how to use this powerful application. Andre has previously taught 5th grade in Shelby County Schools, so his classroom management skills are off the chart. There is a 100% chance that you will be on the edge of your seat as his teaching style is akin to a theatrical masterpiece. The only shortcuts he takes in life are the ones he uses in Microsoft Excel. Andre has been working with MPL for nearly two years now and is happy to continue to offer free instruction to the public.

Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar 38111 (1st floor Room L50)
Dates: September 12, 19, 26, and October 3
Times: Monday, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Culinary Arts

Cooking Healthy with What You Have

(Virtual)

Learn to cook healthy delicious meals in the comforts of your own home with what’s available in your kitchen cabinet and under budget!

Instructor: Andy Burrell is a former Division I football player, sports journalist turned at-home-chef. Although not professionally trained, Andy says he learned from the best chef ever, his mom. With those skills he was able to help feed his teammates and host events for friends and family that has people kicking down the door to get in! 

Andy will be featured on the upcoming show Netflix cooking show “Easy Bake Battle”  Instagram: @BrealFoodie 

Where: Virtual information provided after registration 
Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27 
Times: Tuesday, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM 
Ages: 18 and over 

No Mystery Vegan Cooking 

(In-person)

You may have heard that vegan cooking is hard and full of weird ingredients. I’ll help you learn how it really is. In this class you’ll learn the basics of vegan cooking—both how to use ingredients to their fullest and how to make favorite dishes into vegan dishes.

Instructor: Blake McVey has been eating and cooking a vegan diet for his family for more than 10 years. He keeps up with vegan cookbooks and has filmed several cooking demonstrations for Memphis Public Libraries.

Where: Raleigh Library, 3452 Austin Peay Highway, 38128 (2nd floor Demonstration Kitchen)
Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29
Times: Thursday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Digital Media

Digital Photography & Videography

(In-person)

Learn photography basics consisting of film, digital photography, lighting, and film print.

Instructor: Alandras Massey, Jr. is a multi-media specialist with more than 25-years of experience in mass communication and journalism. He is the founder and owner of AMJ Production.

Where: Raleigh Branch Library, 3452 Austin Peay Highway, 38128 (Meeting Room)
When: October 3, 10, 17, 24
Times: Monday, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Hairstyling

All Things Natural Hair 411

(In-person & Virtual)

A creative, informative, and fun series on the different aspects of styling loose and locked natural hair. Classes to include the 8 techniques for creating natural hair styles, live demos, models, product information, special guest stylists, Q & A, give-a-ways and more!

Instructor: Pearl “Hair Deva” Walker has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 30 years and has been specializing in natural hair styling for 23 years. Walker was the first stylist in the history of the state of Tennessee to serve on the state cosmetology board with a specialty in natural hair styling.

Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar, 38111 (1st floor L56)
Virtual information provided after registration
Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: Sunday, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Program offered in-person and virtual. Please select one option:

Language and Communication

English Language Learner (ELL)

(In-person)

Classes are designed to teach adults how to pronounce and write some basic English words and phrases.

Instructor: Patricia Posada is a native Spanish speaker who wants to help out the community and teach early English learners how to pronounce and write a few words and phrases. Patricia has over 10 years of experience translating.

Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar 38111 (1st floor Room L56)
Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24
Times: Monday, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Survival French for the Vacationer  

(In-person)

This class is geared towards learning the bare bones of French for your next trip to France! In this course, you’ll learn the basics such as manners, how to ask for directions, basic emergency vocabulary, and how to order food.

Instructor: Rebecca Stovall. All through high school Rebecca took advanced placement French classes, then continued to major in French and Japanese at the University of Memphis. In her time there she also studied abroad for half a year in Lille, France. She is a proficient speaker, reader, and writer in French.

Where: Raleigh Branch Library, 3452 Austin Peay Highway, 38128 (Meeting Room)
When: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: Tuesday, 5:00 PM – 6::00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Spanish for Travelers

(In-person)

Classes will go over some introductory Spanish terms and keywords for people who plan to travel to a Spanish-speaking country. Lessons will go over vocabulary, speaking, and some writing skills.

Instructor: Esmeralda Calderon is a native Spanish speaker who is currently minoring in Spanish at the University of Memphis. She has experience teaching adults basic English for day-to-day situations. She has also traveled frequently to Spanish-speaking countries to assess the phrases and situations foreigners may encounter.

Where: Randolph Branch Library, 3752 Given, 38122 (Meeting Room)
When: October 5, 12, 19, 26
Times: Wednesday, 5pm-6pm
Ages: 18 and over

American Sign Language

(In-person)

Classes will take on the natural, visual, non-spoken language with its own distinct grammatical structure. Shape, movements, and location of the hands, facial expressions and body will be utilized for communicating.

Instructor: Wanda Gray started her sign language journey in 2014 when a customer who was deaf came into her office. Wanda was frustrated with not being able to communicate with the customer, so she made the decision to teach herself the language. She told the customer, “When you come back into the office, I will be speaking your language.” He came back in April and the rest is history.

Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar, 38111 (1st floor Meeting Room A)
When: September 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Law

Do It Yourself Small Claim Court Filing

(In-person)

Class will share with individuals who cannot afford an attorney through the process of filing a small claim in Shelby County General Sessions Court on their own behalf (pro se). It will cover the court’s rules, decorum, filing procedures, service of process, presenting a case, and enforcement of judgement.

Instructor: Julian R. Griffin is a paralegal professional with more than 20-years’ experience in executing detailed tasked in fast-paced and deadline driven environments. He has diversified experience in employment, social security, personal injury, and worker’ compensation law.

Where: Cordova Branch Library, 8457 Trinity Road, 38018 (Meeting Room B)
When: September 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: Wednesday, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Printing

Craft Making with Vinyl & Sublimation

(In-person)

Class will show how to make products through use of sublimation printing, epoxy tumbling, silhouette cameo and much more.

Instructor: Marlena Oliver-Coleman is the founder and owner of Lena’s Creative Innovations. Marlena has been printing for six years and loves what she does, creating for others and bringing their vision to life. She owns several different printing machines and software.

Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar, 38111 (1st floor L56)
When: September 14, 21, 28, & October 5
Times: Wednesday, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Visual Arts

Exploration of Applied Art

(In-person)

Participants will create a themed series of painted glassware with the use of acrylic paint and other art apparatus.

Instructor: Siera Gaston learned applied art as a student at LeMoyne-Owen college. She is also self-taught in several applications of it. Her work has been sold throughout the United States.

Where: Whitehaven Branch Library, 4120 Mill Branch, 38116 (Meeting Room)
When: September 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: Wednesday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Masking Tape Art

(In-person)

Masking tape art is an art form with the use of masking tape. Classes will advance to small creation to larger ones.

Instructor: James Harton is the founder and owner of Masking Tape Treasures Art created in 2013. All of his pieces are made with use of masking tape and acrylic paint. His work has been featured outside of the Memphis area, including at the Chicago Public Library.

Where: Randolph Branch Library, 3752 Given, 38122 (meeting room)
When: September 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: Friday, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Writing/Performance Arts

From the Page to the Stage

(In-person)

This class/workshop will focus on dramatic writing culminating to presenting works on stage including poetry, short stories, and prose in a dramatic form.

Instructor: Levi Frazier, Jr. of Blues City Cultural Center has been writing, producing, and directing for more than 50 years. He has had plays produced all over the country and in Europe. He won the Ostrander Award for Best Play (When it Rains) and won a Chattanooga Theatre Center playwriting contest. Frazier performed A Tribute to Richard Wright in Paris France.

Where: Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main 38103
When: September 8, 15, 22, 29
Times: Thursday, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Ages: 18 and over

Thanks to the Memphis Library Foundation for supporting this and other programs.