Editorial: It’s never too late to keep learning

Published 9:16 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Often it’s easy to think that once you’ve graduated high school or college, you can sit back and enjoy life and the learning is done.

In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Learning begins as an infant and should continue into adulthood. Even as senior citizens, there is much learning that can be done.

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Albert Lea provides many opportunities for lifelong learning, whether through Early Childhood Family Education with Albert Lea Area Schools, the Albert Lea Public Library, Albert Lea Community Education or the Albert Lea Senior Center, among others.

Early Childhood Family Education offers opportunities for parents and the community’s youngest learners to interact and learn together.

The Albert Lea Public Library offers a myriad of opportunities for learning, again starting with infants, and continuing for school-age children and adults. The library hosts storytime and other activities throughout the year, as well as book clubs, computer classes, events with guest authors and others. Many of these events are in collaboration with the Friends of the Albert Lea Public Library. It also has several opportunities to utilize modern-day technology in your learning.

Albert Lea Community Education provides numerous classes for people looking to learn or maintain a skill, outdoor experiential learning opportunities and chances for people to stay fit.

Fall catalogs were mailed out to all District 241 residents in mid-August and provide something for every age group.

Along with activities such as card games, quilting, bingo and trips, the Albert Lea Senior Center offers several classes for its members.

Step outside of your comfort zone, and check out one of the opportunities available through one of these organizations, and remember it’s never too early — or too late — to learn.