5 things you can learn online through Farmington Community Library

If the winter weather has you spending more time indoors, consider surfing on over to the Farmington Community Library website to pick up new skills or sharpen the ones you already have.

You’ll need your log-in credentials from the library’s website, or create an account with your library card number. Here are just a few examples of what’s available through databases at farmlib.org:

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If you’re connected with a nonprofit – or want to be – you can learn how to write grants through Gale Courses. The suite of six instructor-led courses covers basic to advanced skills. Gale offers continuous enrollment dates starting every 4 weeks for a wide range of classes in these general areas:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Composition
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Language and Arts
  • Law and Legal
  • Personal Development
  • Teaching and Education
  • Technology
  • Writing and Publishing

Speak a new language

You’ve got a few options to learn new languages through Farmington Community Library. Online courses are offered through Gale Courses and Mango Languages. (Both companies are based in Farmington Hills.) Offerings through Gale include American Sign Language, Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese. Mango covers more than 50 languages for English speakers and 17 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Start a new business

The library offers several databases that can be helpful to budding entrepreneurs. Check out Gale Courses’ “Start Your Own Small Business” and The Small Business Resource Center.

Invest your money

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers a wealth of information, from market analyses and investor education to information about individual companies and funds. The ValueLine Investment Survey allows you to search individual companies and has preset searches for specific types of investments.


Fix your car

The Chilton Library database contains information about repairing and maintaining the most popular vehicle makes and models from the past 30 years.


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