COVID-19 Update Tip #4: Continue Lifelong Learning with The Great Courses from Kanopy

Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean that lifelong learning has to end. Now is the perfect time to experience The Great Courses, offered by Kanopy for free with your Teaneck Public Library card.

If you’re not familiar, The Great Courses offers a uniquely crafted experience for lifelong learners like you, with engaging, immersive learning you can’t get in a lecture hall. But don’t worry, there will be no tests, no homework, and no prerequisites! The Great Courses takes famous entry level college classes, and provides them for free to anyone with a Teaneck Public Library card.

Some of our favorite topics from The Great Courses via Kanopy include:

Nuclear Physics Explained

Taught by Professor Lawrence Weinstein of Old Dominion University, this course explains the science, history, hazards, applications, and latest advances in nuclear physics. You learn the principles of radioactivity, how nuclear bombs and reactors work, the uses of radiation for cancer treatment and medical imaging, what makes some forms of radiation dangerous, plus you tour a linear accelerator.

Running Time: 730 mins
24 videos included
Features: Lawrence Weinstein
Languages: English
Subjects: Sciences > Physics

How to Draw

Drawing is one of humanity’s oldest forms of expression, with existing examples dating back an astonishing 80,000 years or more. Older than written language by tens of thousands of years, drawing developed across millennia, forming the base of many of the world’s artistic traditions.

Running Time: 1,088 mins
36 videos included
Filmmakers: David Brody
Languages: English
Subjects: Design, Visual Arts

Algebra I

Algebra I is an entirely new course designed to meet the concerns of both students and their parents. These 36 accessible lectures make the concepts of first-year algebra – including variables, order of operations, and functions-easy to grasp. For anyone wanting to learn algebra from the beginning, or for anyone needing a thorough review, Professor James A. Sellers will prove to be an ideal tutor.

Running Time: 1,111 mins
36 videos included
Features: James A. Sellers
Languages: English
Subjects: Mathematics

Great Music of the 20th Century

The 20th century was a breeding ground of musical innovation and transformation unlike any other era in history. Within this course, you’ll discover the genius of composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartok, Ligeti, Ades, and many others. Experience the superlative musical art that so vividly and unforgettably speaks to the life of our times.

Running Time: 1,092 mins
24 videos included
Features: Robert Greenberg
Languages: English
Subjects: Music

And there is so much more!

To get started, follow the simple directions below:

  1. Go to and click on “Find Your Library”.
  2. Type your library name (Teaneck Public Library) and select it from the list, or search for a library near you using your city name or zip code.
  3. Enter your library card number, and if required, your library card password/PIN and click continue.
  4. Complete the signup process by creating your Kanopy account. Your account can be created using your Google or Facebook login, or can be done directly on Kanopy using your email address and password. Your password will need to be at least 6 characters.
  5. After creating your account, you’ll receive a verification email in your inbox. Click on the link in this email to verify your email address.
  6. You’re ready to start watching! Click on Watch Now on the welcome screen to start browsing.

To find content from The Great Courses, type “the great courses” in the search box and press enter. When your search results come back, then limit the results by “suppliers”. Under supplies, you will select The Great Courses, which will only give you results produced by this company.

Or simply use the Kanopy search box to search for any video on the topic you’re interested in. We hope you will use this free service from Teaneck Public Library, and take the opportunity to learn something new.

We’re here for you, Teaneck! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by chat through our website; by phone (voice/text) at 201-817-9780; or email Patron Services at, Reference Department at, or Youth Services at

Staff are available Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and any messages we receive outside of those hours will be responded to as soon as possible.

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