For anyone interested in furthering their knowledge in their spare time, the Morehouse Parish Library now has a selection of DVD lectures available for checkout by library patrons.

The Great Courses partners with National Geographic, The Culinary Institute of America and the Smithsonian to make these lectures available on DVD. According to Library Director Ellen Highsmith, the library recently added these DVD's to their collection in the hopes that the lectures could be potentially helpful to students or anyone with an interest in learning about something new.

Courses available for checkout include “The Night Sky,” “The Art of Public Speaking,” “Shakespeare,” “A History of Hitler's Empire,” “A History of European Art,” “Understanding the Human Body,” “Optimizing Brain Fitness,” “Museum Masterpieces from the Louvre,” “The World's Greatest Geological Wonders,” “My Favorite Universe,” “Books That Have Made History,” “Famous Greeks” and “How to Become a Successful Student.”

Each course is taught by a different professor from a different university and many of the DVD's also have books with them as an additional resource. Highsmith said that the courses contain several lectures and the library can give patrons extra checkout time on these if needed.

Librarian Carolyn Files recently checked out “The World's Greatest Geological Wonders.”

“I loved it,” Files said. “It covered several different geological areas including canyons, deserts and Antarctica. It gives a good overview of how these things were formed. There is suggested reading at the end of each chapter, which is good if there is something specific you want to know more about. It also has a couple of questions at the end of the chapters to help pull your thoughts on what you've read. I like them personally, and the best thing is that you can listen to them at your convenience.”