To help our communities stay safe, all FVRL locations are enforcing the WA state mask requirement and our Additional Rules of Conduct. Don’t have a mask? We can provide one! We’re also still offering curbside service for pickup of holds or library samplers.
Formerly Lynda.com. Learn the skills you need through instructional video courses in education, technology, business, and creative fields. To get started, log in with your library card number and PIN. (Learn more about the transition from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning.)
Prepare yourself for realistic conversations in over 70 world languages, including English. Create a free account and learn at your own pace.
Find resources including practice tests and tutorials for school success; college, career, and citizenship preparation; and software and computer tutorials.
You'll be able to:
- Improve your skills in elementary, middle, and high school subjects, or study for your high school equivalency credential.
- Prepare for the ACT, SAT, and AP tests and more, and search for scholarships.
- Explore careers and prepare for entrance and occupational exams and military tests.
- Find a college, review your college skills, or prepare for for college placement exams and grad school admission exams.
- Learn computer and internet basics, and master popular software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and Windows operating systems.
Some features require free registration in order to save your work, revisit your tests, or store scores. You'll need a valid email address and PIN to register.
Encuentre recursos para hispanohablantes sobre lectura y escritura en inglés, matemáticas y cómo prepararse para el examen de GED.
Find resources for Spanish speakers about reading and writing in English, math and preparing for the GED test.
Funded by the Washington State Library. Create a learner account to test your computer skills and build your understanding in needed areas through self-paced, online learning.
- Getting started
To sign up as a Northstar learner and keep track of your progress, use your name and email address to set up a learner account online.
To sample Northstar before creating a learner account, you can take the tests without recording your progress through the Northstar Digital Literacy page. At this time, you can also sample the following Northstar online learning topics without a learner account: Basic Computer Skills, Email, Microsoft Word, and Career Search Skills.
Want help getting started? Library staff can help you get a learner account (and an email address if you need one). Fill out a Learner form or call: 360-906-5000, 1-888-546-2707 (area code 509), or 1-800-921-6211 (Yale Valley) during phone service hours.
Wherever you are on your journey with computers, we are here to help! See all the FVRLibraries technology and computer learning options.
- Tests and certificates
Northstar has tests to help you see how much you already know about:
- Basic Computer Skills*
- Internet Basics*
- Using Email*
- Mac OS
- Microsoft Word*
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Google Docs
- Social Media
- Information Literacy
- Career Search Skills*
- Your Digital Footprint
- Supporting K-12 Distance Learning
*You can learn more about these topics through Northstar's self-paced learning modules.
If you would like to earn a certificate for a test that you've passed in your learner account, you can request to retake the test with an online proctor. Fill out this form and library staff will contact you.
Updated 10/2/18. Learn anything from Microsoft Office, computer science, data science; even IT infrastructure.
This resource is intended for Washington State residents only. To access this resource you will need to:
▪ Provide your zip code and certify you're a resident when asked.
▪ Have access to a computer or cloud storage with sufficient space to save the OneNote or Excel files containing the learning resources.
Available in library only.
Especially for young children: learn pre-reading and reading skills through games, music, and puzzles. Create your own account, so you can log back in each time you visit the library.
Read, play, watch, and do! Activities for pre-readers and beginning readers.
Find academic articles, reports, news, book reports, and more in the field of education. Gain insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy. Best for educators, administrators, and education students.
Have fun with languages! Children can start learning a second language before they can read a first one. Create a free account in Little Pim and get started!
Take courses from instructors at more than 60 universities--many of which are free or low cost. Topics include economics, genetics, foundations of teaching, chemistry, programming, arts and more. Classes available in multiple languages.
Choose a language, watch the training video, take the test, pay your fee, and print out a food handler's card, so you can work in the food or restaurant industry in Washington. (Available in multiple languages.)
Vea el video de capacitación, haga el examen, pague su cuota e imprima una tarjeta de manipulador de alimentos, para que pueda trabajar en la industria de alimentos o restaurantes en Washington.
Access online tutorials for computer basics, office software, job hunting skills, money management, social media, online security and more. Find your specific area of interest under one of these headings: Technology Basics, Living in the Online World, Microsoft Office, Essential Skills, and Work & Career. Follow these links for practice using a mouse or to learn about email. Most tutorials also available in Spanish.
Acceda a tutoriales en línea para obtener información básica de computación, software de oficina, habilidades para buscar trabajo, administración del dinero, medios sociales, seguridad en línea, inglés, matemáticas y más.
Watch tutorials online and practice a wide variety of life skills and academic subjects, from computer programming to printmaking or 3rd grade math to entrepreneurship.
Enroll in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by recognized universities and institutions from around the globe. Take a class in genetics or focus on a classic novel for several weeks. The choices are plentiful.