How Mentor Library can help you keep your New Year's resolution

Depending on what think-piece article you’re reading, anywhere between 88 and 92 percent of New Year’s Resolutions don’t survive the year.

There are already plenty of articles giving general advice on how to stick to your resolution. Instead of recapitulating their advice, we wanted to offer some specific ways in which the library can help you maintain your resolve.

1. Lose weight & be healthier

Let’s talk about the big one first—the most popular resolution of all.

If you want to lose weight or just generally be more fit, we have books on eating bettercookbooks with healthy recipes and exercise DVDs you can borrow.

We also have a pair of programs scheduled for January, specifically designed to help you get started.

First, a nutritionist from the Lake County General Health District is coming to our Main Branch on Jan. 15 to suggest healthy lifestyle changes that are more effective than any crash diet.

Then, on Jan. 16, Dr. Misty Morris of Morris Chiropractic will talk about some commonly made mistakes that can lead to weight gain and poor health.

You can follow the hyperlinks to register for either or both programs on Mentor Public Library’s website.

2. Get your finances in order

Don’t just get physically fit in 2014. Become fiscally fit.

The Society for Financial Awareness will talk about overcoming financial challenges, setting goals, managing debt, investing basics and developing spending plans on Jan. 23 at our Main Branch.

The program is, of course, free and open to the public.

3. Find a better career

Sometimes the first step to getting your finances in order is finding a better job.

And, even if you have a job that pays enough, it might still be time for a career change if the job drives you crazy.

Either way, the people at Ohio Means Jobs have teamed with the library to help you find the right career. We’ll be hosting a series of Career Coffee Talks in which experts from around the region will give suggestions to job hunters.

The first talk is Jan. 23. The speaker is Charlene Long, the Talent Acquisition Specialist for Progressive. She’ll offer advice on what companies like Progressive are looking for in prospective employees.

Additionally, Ohio Means Jobs and The Reserves Network are holding a job fair at the Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch on Jan. 17 to help people find both temporary and long-term employment.

4. Learn something new

This resolution is definitely one we can help with.

There are a lot of ways to learn something new at the library: read a book or a magazine, watch a documentary, come to one of our programs. But one of our favorite ways to keep people learning all their lives is via the digital service Learn4Life. (You may remember the service by its former name, Ed2Go.)

Learn4Life gives you access to free online courses, most of which are taught by college professors, on a variety of subjects.

Accounting, digital photography, college readiness, computer fundamentals, creative writing, alternative medicine, paralegal—take a look at all of your options. Learn4Life is bound to have something that interests you.

And I can’t stress this enough. It’s free! All you need is a Mentor Public Library card. (Here’s a video by MPL Librarian Mary Pelton explaining how to register for and use Learn4Life.)

5. Spend more time with your family

Yes, we have a Family Story Time every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in January.

But there are a lot of ways to use library resources to spend more time with your family. Borrow a stack of DVDs and start a family movie night.

And, while our story times are a lot of fun, there’s no substitute for reading to your child.

6. Read more

In 2014, we’re resolving to read more and we hope you join us.

Over at our Main Branch, some of us will fill out stars with our Reading Resolutions—that is, the names and number of books we resolve to read in 2014.

You’re all welcome to post your Reading Resolution at the library also. These stars will decorate the Main Branch’s first floor.

Teens and adults can also enter the library’s “Reading Resolution Raffle.” All they have to do is check out a young adult or adult book at Mentor Public Library and bring the receipt to the reference desk at the Main Branch.

Then they will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble.

You have all of January to enter the raffle. We’ll pick a winner at the beginning of February.

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