Library can help keep resolutions

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By Pam Mullins

Like a lot of other people, when the New Year rolls around, I make several resolutions. And like a lot of other people, by the time February rolls around, I give up on most of them. Sometimes I give up because I don’t really intend to get a second job or clean my house more often, anyway. But other times, I give up because I don’t have what I need to reach my goal.
This year I’ve decided to get serious about keeping my resolutions and get some help. Luckily, I work at a place where I can find all the information I need to help me with just about any resolution I make ... the Anderson Public Library.
One of my goals this year is to make the most of my family time so I’ve been looking through several of the new parenting and family titles that the library has available like “Slow Family Living” by Bernadette Noll, “Getting Unplugged” by Joan Anderson, “ChopChop: the Kid’s Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family” by Sally Sampson, and “Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st Century Families.”
If you’ve made your own resolutions and need more information to get started or some special tools to help you work toward a goal, the Anderson Public Library has something to help.
If you have one of the more common resolutions of becoming more financially fit, come browse through the many money related titles that the library has to offer such as Dave Ramsey’s updated “Total Money Makeover,” “The Money Saving Mom’s Budget” by Crystal Paine, “Do More, Spend Less” by Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott, and “Financial Fresh Start” by Shari Olefson. Depending on how often you visit the library, you can also save a lot of money just by checking out your reading, listening and viewing material from the library instead of buying books, audios and DVDs.
Perhaps your resolutions include one of the other most common goals, losing weight. Check out titles like “Eat This, Not That” by David Zinczenko, “Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Michael Moss, “Body by You” by Mark Lauren, “The Low Carb High Fat Cookbook” by Sten Sture Skaldeman, “Eat, Move, Sleep” by Tom Rath, or “Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook.” To help you get moving, the library has exercise DVD’s and compact MP3 PlayAway audio books that you can listen to as you work out.
Want to learn a new language? Try MANGO Languages, an online tool which can help you learn any of over 60 languages including Spanish, French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Farsi, and even Pirate. This learning tool uses self-paced lessons that you can repeat as many times as needed and includes placement tests and even foreign films to help you practice your new skills.
Maybe you want to take up a new hobby such as knitting, quilting, drawing or beekeeping. The library has books that can help you there, too, such as “Homegrown Honeybees” by Alethea Morrison, “The Art of Pencil Drawing” by Gene Franks, “Fun with Yarn and Fabric” by Susanna Zacke, “Easy Grid Quilts” by Karen Fisher, and “Modern Designs for Classic Quilts” by Kelly Biscopink. The library even offers Knitting 101 and Crafty Community programs so you don’t have to learn on your own.
If you got a new computer or E-reader for Christmas and your goal is learn how to use it properly, check out the classes offered at the library.
Classes offered in January include: E-readers @ Your Library, Introduction to Computers, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Email, and Introduction to Word. These classes are small, no more than five people, and are structured to be non-threatening and easy to follow. The classes are independent of each other so you can sign up for only the classes you need. Even if you are a complete computer novice, there is a class for you.
If you want to learn to play guitar, be more current on world affairs, finish your GED, or simply read more books, the library has what you need.
Whatever your resolution, chances are that you can find something at the library that can help you in some way.
There are so many more resources that aren’t included here that I hope you take the time to explore.
All you need to get started is a library card. Don’t worry if you don’t have one. Just show proof of your ID and current address and you’ll be on your way with a new card that will give you access to all the library has to offer.
You can even start at home by checking out the library website at www.andersonpubliclibrary.org or calling 839-6420 for more information about what the Anderson Public Library can do for you in 2014.

Pam Mullins is director of the Anderson Public Library.