How to get your free online courses and books in Houston public libraries
HOUSTON — The Houston Public Library is getting some help with online courses, including an online class on the Civil War that could cost $150.
The library also is offering free book readings for students.
The program launched Tuesday and will be extended through Oct. 18.
The classes are designed to help students understand the Civil Rights Movement, according to the Houston Public library website.
The book reading series is designed for students ages 7 to 18 and includes a “history of race and social justice” course.
Houston Public librarians have been helping to expand online classes for years, according the library website, with a program called “Reading Across the River,” and a program for middle school students that began last year.
The Civil Rights movement was a focus of the Civil Wars in the United States, and the book reading programs are meant to give students a glimpse into the history of racial justice in the 20th century.
The Houston public library is one of two U.S. public libraries to offer free online classes.
The other is the University of Texas at Austin’s library.
The University of Houston is also offering online classes this year.