Just a friendly reminder to everyone with a Dakota County Library card: you have free access to! This database offers thousands of online courses and video tutorials in the following subjects:

  • business software
  • education and instructional design
  • finance and accounting
  • leadership and management
  • marketing
  • project management
  • information management
  • IT infrastructure
  • software development
  • user experience
  • web design and development
  • CAD
  • graphic design
  • photography

New courses added in the last month include:

  • The Practicing Photographer
  • Cloud Computing: Cloud Security
  • Instagram for Business
  • AutoCAD Tips & Tricks
  • Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training
  • Excel Tips Weekly
  • Graphic Design Tips & Tricks
  • Prepare Yourself for a Career in Sales
  • Organizing Files and Folders in Windows 10

Plus, you can learn anywhere with apps for iOS, Android, Windows 8, Roku, and Apple TV. If you live in Dakota County and don’t already have your Dakota County Library card, simply visit one of the 10 locations with some form of personal identification.

Thanks again to the Dakota County Library for providing this amazing resource!

Films On Demand update

Films On Demand added 291 new videos in October, bringing our streaming video collection up to 45,811 titles. Take a look!


New titles

Take a look at the new books we added to our collection in October. You can find these and everything else in our collection through our catalog, MnPALS Plus. Here are just a few of the new titles on our shelves. Check them out!

HD8039 American Lineman RT51 Medical-Surgical Nursing Made Incredibly Easy TX361 Run Fast Eat Slow

Scary movies!

Get in the Halloween spirit with these scary movies from our Digital Campus database:

Frankenstein Pan's Labyrinth Psycho

The Shining The Silence of the Lambs West Side Story

What, you don’t think West Side Story is scary? Think again. It’s scarier than The Shining.

Free books

Please see the latest spreadsheet of Library discards and contact Danielle if you’d like any of them. Most of these books are about graphic design, electricity, and motor vehicles.

AccessScience update

AccessScience has added lots of new content this month. There are new and updated articles on:

New Research Reviews include:

New videos and animations include:

And finally, there’s a new video biography of Robert S. Langer, winner of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science.


National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and October 19 is Unity Day. Wear orange this Wednesday to show your support for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. According to, kids who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, health complaints, and decreased academic achievement. Learn how to recognize and prevent bullying with information from these sites:

Also check out these books, ebooks, and videos from our collection.


Computer Skills Center update

LearningExpress Library has updated its Computer Skills Center with the following changes:

  • Video courses have a new mobile-friendly interface that also makes captioning and transcripts available.
  • There are new tutorials for Windows 10 at basic, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
  • Tutorials for resources that use Adobe Flash have been retired.

You can see the complete list of updates here. Log into Computer Skills Center and improve your computer skills today!

English for Hmong and Somali speakers

We’re very excited to announce that Mango Languages has added two new ESL/ELL courses for Hmong and Somali speakers. Did you know Minnesota has the second-largest Hmong population and the largest Somali population in the United States? And that Hmong and Somali are the third and fourth most commonly spoken languages in our state, after English and Spanish?

Mango Languages now offers English courses for speakers of 19 different languages. If you already speak English, why stop there? Mango includes courses for 71 foreign languages. Fight monolingualism and start learning a new language today!

The Reference Shelf series

If you’re looking for extensive, unbiased coverage of social issues and topics in the news, check out the Reference Shelf series. We currently have 26 titles (10 are also online) and we add six more every year. Topics include:

  • The Business of Food
  • Sports in America
  • Aging in America
  • Revisiting Gender
  • Marijuana Reform
  • Surveillance
  • The Digital Age
  • Transformation of American Cities
  • Racial Tension in a “Postracial” Age
  • Immigration
  • U.S./China Relations
  • Rethinking Work
  • Campaign Trends and Election Law

Get the facts and have an informed opinion!

The Business of Food Sports in America Marijuana Reform

Surveillance Immigration Rethinking Work