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Westport Library debuts Verso University as continuing education endeavor

Westport Library has launched Verso University, a year-round series of high-level classes, workshops, and lectures designed to further education and learning.

According to a press statement from the library, this new endeavor “will cover a wide variety of topics, with classes and courses to appeal to all ages and interests, from our younger patrons to our most experienced.” The first offering takes place today at 1:00 p.m. with a lecture by scientist Martin Yellin regarding recent discoveries in space, and other presentations include a discussion of contemporary fiction by Yale University’s Dr. Mark Schenker, a fiction writing workshop led by Gabino Iglesias and a training program on live media production skills held at the library’s Verso Studios.

“Fundamentally, a library is a place of learning, of engagement, where patrons can come to explore and grow,” said Bill Harmer, Westport Library executive director. “Verso University is a natural extension of that lifelong interest and curiosity. Our innovative spaces and innovative technologies enable us to lead the development of 21st century models of literacy and learning. These models are community-based and focus on dynamic, interpersonal learning integrated with 21st century infrastructure and technologies.”

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