By Glory Benacka | Jan. 21, 2019

The spring 2019 CLASS semester will be in session soon! Now is the time to make your plans and choose the classes you’ll register for on Feb. 4. CLASS, community learning and skill sharing, is a unique lifelong learning program that connects enthusiasts, hobbyists, professionals and students of all ages to accessible and affordable courses.

NEW CLASSes: Every semester CLASS introduces fresh, new and interesting topics for you to explore. We’re always in search of good ideas and welcome feedback and suggestions from the community. New offerings this spring include:

  • Physical Cosmology for Everyone
  • Guided Imagery
  • Basic Sculptural Welding & Metalworking
  • Food for Thought: Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer’s?
  • Casual and Simple Comfort Foods
  • Basic Sausage Making Techniques

CLASSics: We are fortunate to have popular instructors and courses that have offered students consistent relevant information and active lifelong learning opportunities. CLASS mainstays being offered this semester include:

  • Making End of Life Decisions
  • Get Organized
  • AARP Smart Driver Program
  • Every Body & Chair Yoga
  • Tai Chi for Health
  • Zumba Gold

Social CLASS Top Picks: Taking classes with friends and family is a great way to socialize while learning something new. This semester’s arts and crafts category offers you many chances to “learn” social. Here are our top picks for great courses to take with a partner or bring a small group along to:

  • Introduction to Chess
  • Rural Americana Art: Barn Quilt Painting
  • Bookbinding
  • Spanish Conversation Club
  • Origami
  • Papercutting
  • Social Dance for Beginners

Easy Registration: Registration opens on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. sharp. Fast, easy and secure, the quickest way to register is online at Use your credit or debit card to enroll and receive an email confirmation for your registration. You are also welcome to come in person to the McKenzie Center, 308 W. Elm, anytime Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to register, or you may leave your registration and payment in our secure drop box, located on the front of the building. Keep in mind that in person and online registrations are processed first when registration opens. Turning your form in early does not guarantee your registration.

Friends of the Library Early Registration: Our most popular classes can fill up on the first day of registration! Don’t wait too long to register or you could miss out on your top choice. Want to make sure you get in? Friends of the Salina Public Library are invited to register for classes at the McKenzie Center the day before open registration. Friend’s memberships start at $5 for students & $10 for individuals. Become a Friends member!

Scholarships are available: Thanks to the generosity of students who Pass the Buck, the CLASS scholarship fund offers a fee reduction to those who need financial help in order to participate in a course. Please contact CLASS staff if you are in need of a scholarship.