Saturday, April 28, 2012

Enjoy the Pleasure of Lifelong Learning!

The Homer Community Library has recently acquired 110 college-level courses published by The Teaching Company! This windfall was purchased using funds given to the Library in memory of Seaton and Elizabeth Hunter and through the generosity of the family of Robert S. Hunter of Quincy, Illinois. (It is only coincidental that the two families have the same surname—they are not related.)

These "Great Courses" bring engaging professors into your home or car on DVD, audio CD, and audio cassettes. Exemplary teachers from the Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, and other leading colleges and universities have crafted the lectures for lifelong learners like you. It's the adventure of learning without the homework or exams.

The following items have already been cataloged into our system and are available for check-out NOW. Many more will follow in the weeks to come. This is an extraordinary opportunity for you to become well-versed in topics that include literature, language, religion, science, mathematics, psychology, history, business, economics and several more. All Courses include a guidebook written by the lecturer.

Here are the titles we currently have cataloged. Keep in mind, most of these have multiple parts and the guide book to give you an in-depth understanding of each subject.

The Aeneid of Virgil

The American Mind

Analysis and Critique : How to engage and write about anything

The Art of Public Speaking : lessons from the greatest speeches in history

The Art of Teaching : best practices from a master educator

Bach and the High Baroque

Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

Building Great Sentences : Exploring the writer's craft

The Chamber Music of Mozart

Classical Mythology

Classics of British Literature

The Concerto

Dutch Masters : the age of Rembrandt


Effective Communication Skills

Elements of jazz : from cakewalks to fusion

Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

Espionage and Covert Operations : A global history

From Monet to Van Gogh : a history of impressionism

Games People Play : Game theory in life, business, and beyond

Great American Music: Broadway Musicals

The Great Ideas of Psychology

Great Master: Liszt, His Life and Music

Great Masters: Beethoven, His Life and Music

Great Masters: Brahms, His Life and Music

Great Masters: Haydn, His Life and Music

Great Masters: Mahler, His Life and Music

Great Masters: Mozart, His Life and Music

Great masters: Robert and Clara Schumann, Their Lives and Music

Great Masters: Shostakovich, His Life and Music

Great Masters: Stravinsky, His Life and Music

Great Masters: Tchaikovsky, His Life and Music

Great Philosophical Debates : Free will and determinism

Herodotus : the father of history

A History of European Art

The History of the English Language

How to Listen To and Understand Great Music

The Iliad of Homer

The Life and Work of Mark Twain

Lifelong Health : Achieving optimum well-being at any age

London: A short history of the greatest city in the Western world

Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature

Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind : Literature's most fantastic works

Meaning From Data: Satistics made clear

Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths : What we think we know may be hurting us

Memory and the Human Lifespan

Meteorology: An introduction to the wonders of the weather

Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre

The Operas of Mozart

Optimizing Brain Fitness

The Passions: Philosophy and the intelligence of emotions

Philosophy of Mind

Pompeii: Daily life in an ancient Roman city

Psychology of Human Behavior

Representing Justice : Stories of law and literature

Shakespeare's Tragedies

The Symphony

Tocqueville and the American Experiment

Transformational Leadership : How leaders change teams, companies, and organizations

Understanding the Brain

Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

The World Was Never the Same : Events that changed history

Reserve your "Great Course" today by telephoning the Library at 896-2121. Or, you can reach us by email at: To view our entire catalog, visit us at