5 ways Mentor Library can help you keep your New Year’s Resolution

Get healthier, save money, learn something new, and become your best YOU with Mentor Public Library.

Get healthier, save money, learn something new, and become your best YOU with Mentor Public Library.

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.

But you can shift the odds in your favor with help from your local library.

We at Mentor Public Library are ready to help you lose weight, save money, find a better job or attain whatever goal you have set for yourself in 2015.

1. Lose weight & be healthier

This is the most popular resolution, so let’s start here.

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.

You can also stream more than a dozen different Jillian Michaels workouts for free from Hoopla, including Beginner Shred for those starting at square one.

Furthermore, you can save money on gym passes and personal trainers, as well as biking, boxing, yoga, and even karate classes with My Library Rewards. Click here if you’ve never heard of My Library Rewards and don’t know how it works. Long story short: You can save a lot of money on the things you love—just for using your library card.

Finally, we are hosting a program that can help you feel better by improving your nutrition. Dr. Scott Gill from Morris Chiropractic will discuss how healthy eating can lead to a much healthier lifestyle overall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at our Main Branch.

Gill’s talk is free and open to all. You can register to attend on our event calendar.

2. Learn something new

There are hundreds of thousands of ways to learn something new. Literally every item in our collection could potentially teach you something you didn’t already know.

Beyond that, you can check out Gale Courses for hundreds of online classes. They offer classes on everything from music to technology to accounting, many of which are taught by college professors.  And they’re all free with your library card.

We also host programs on everything from the Civil War to watercolor painting to the Nuremberg Trials.

3. Save money and get your finances in order

We have more than 200,000 books, movies and CDs in our collection, and that’s not even counting our digital services that let you read eBooks and stream music, movies and audiobooks anywhere and at anytime. (And that includes several books on how to best manage your money.)

Every time you borrow something from us, that’s money you saved. That can add up to a lot of savings over the span of a year.

One more money smart tip: Joe Daugirdas (you probably know him as Joe the Coupon Guywill offer advice for saving money on vacations at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, at our Main Branch.

He’ll show you how to find cheap flights and cruises, as well as save on restaurants at your destination.

4. Find a better career

On Jan. 31, we’re hosting a job fair with Ohio Means Jobs from 10 a.m. to noon at our Main Branch.

Come by and bring your resume. It could be your first step toward your new career.

Also, if you want more help in your career hunt, check out Ohio Means Jobs’ tips for writing a resume and searching for jobs online.

Additionally, here are 10 courses you can take online (free with your library card) that will teach you employable skills.

5. Spend more time with your family

We offer a menagerie of story times for families, and they’re starting a new session on Jan. 8.

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.

So we hope to see you soon. Whatever your resolution is, I’m sure we have a book, video or program that can help. Don’t be shy. Just come up to the reference desk and ask for recommendations!

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