COLUMN: Never too cool for school

Post-secondary school is different from high school, now that I am taking courses that interest me

Ah, September. I love this month. It signifies the start of autumn and the air is much more crisp which makes the temperature just right.

Leaves are just in the beginning stages of turning beautiful yellow and reds and the apples are ripe and delicious straight from the trees.

I daydream about these days during the hot and chaotic days at the library during the summer.

Things usually tend to cool down once the kids are back in school.

For the last couple years, I have not been exempt from back to school stress and anticipation.

After a six-year hiatus after high school, I decided to trade in my blissful September evenings for long nights stuck in my office cramming as much information into my head as humanly possible.

At first, making the change from working to working and attending school was a bit of a struggle, especially since all of my courses are online. So if I choose to avoid my computer for a week, I will be seriously behind.

Now that I have been doing it for a few semesters, I have found my groove and I can say that I honestly enjoy learning new things each week.

Post-secondary school is so different from my experience in high school, now that I am taking courses that actually interest me.

I believe that it is important to keep your mind active and constantly learning.

The library has plenty of books, DVDs and other resources to get you on the right path towards learning.

The non-fiction collection is full of all sorts of topics, so you have the opportunity to choose anything that piques your interest!

Perhaps you find yourself pondering the meaning of everything, then The Deepest Human Life: an introduction to philosophy for everyone by Scott Samuelson may be the book you would want to start with.

If you don’t want to get into something as heavy as philosophy, you may want to dip your toe into the arts with The Joy of Acrylic Painting: expressive painting techniques for beginners by Annie O’Brien Gonzales.

With thousands of non-fiction books in our regional collection, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t even looked at a book in several years, it’s possible for anyone to find something that interests them and through the library it’s free!

If you are interested in learning about coding, electronics and new technology, the library will be hosting the Maker Crew on Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m. at 9533 Main St.

There will be demonstrations on how a 3D printer works, hands-on activities with 3D printing pens, epic photos created with the magic of a green screen and much more! This free event is open to all ages and all skill levels, so everyone can join in on the fun!

Kayley Robb is an Assistant Community Librarian at the Summerland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and will be graduating in 2021.

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