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It's International Creativity Month and You Haven't Met Lynda?

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Did you know that January is International Creativity Month? If you're searching for ways to expand your creativity, then it's time you met Lynda! The New York Public Library provides free access to learning site Lynda.com, from any location, with a valid NYPL card and PIN number. 

Lynda.com is an online educational website with thousands of how-to courses covering everything from building trust to developing your own Android app. Here's a sample of Lynda.com courses, to help spark and develop your creative interests!

Remember, to access Lynda for free with your library card, you must connect through the NYPL webpage

Drawing and Animation

Black and white comic book pages
Penciling a Comic Book Page, taught by Ben Bishop
source: Lynda.com


Are you a constant doodler? Turn those sketches into something great! Create your own comic book with Penciling a Comic Book PageImprove your skills with Drawing 2-Point Perspective, or bring your drawings to life with the Animation Foundations series!
 

Audio and Music

Illustration of piano and piano player walking across piano keys
Jazz Piano, taught by George Whitty
source: Lynda.com


Don't limit your musical talents to just singing in the shower. Lynda.com has lots of courses to help you improve those natural skills, with a number of singing lessons and vocal exercises. If your instrument of choice is not your voice, you can learn jazz piano or rock guitar. When you're finally ready to hit the studio, make sure that you check out the Audio Mixing course and the Audio Recording Techniques course.
 

Photography

Exhibition of nature photographs
Learning to Sell Photography at Art Shows, taught by Justin Reznick
source: Lynda.com


If you consider yourself a shutterbug, then make sure to take advantage of the hundreds of diverse photography courses Lynda.com offers. Take a look at the Photography Foundations series if you're just getting started, or make all those old family photographs look new again with the Photo Restoration course. Also, make sure to share your photographs with the rest of the world with the Learning to Sell Photography at Art Shows course!
 

Filmmaking

Illustration of a film clapboard
Learning Screenwriting, taught by Mark Tapio Kines
source: Lynda.com


Perhaps your creative interests are more suited to the big screen. If so, Lynda.com courses range from filmmaking and cinematography to directing. Try your hand at a screenwriting course, check out the Creating a Short Film series, or prepare for your directorial debut with Working with Actors and Non-Actors.
 

Design

Sample of post design, with both illustration and photograph
Poster Design, taught by Nigel French
source: Lynda.com


Are you into the graphic arts? On Lynda.com, you can learn to create your very own magazine with the Magazine Design course, or start a new hobby by taking the new Poster Design offering. If you really love the design of a sleek new car, you can try one of the many automotive design courses.

These are just a sampling of the courses you can take to nurture your creative interests on Lynda.com. If you're still having trouble finding that special muse, Lynda.com has a course for that as well! Take a look at the Creative Inspiration series and see what motivates you to make the most of National Creativity Month.

 

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