Make A Resolution, Keep A Resolution
It’s that time again—the time of year when we wipe the slate clean and vow to accomplish our goals, once and for all! This year, why not give yourself a head start? Mid-Continent Public Library has all the resources you need to kick-start your New Year’s resolutions. Grab your Library card, and check out our suggestions for tackling those top to-dos for 2017:
Stop by an MCPL branch to attend one of our free yoga classes! Don’t pay to go to a yoga studio when you can try it for free. Beginner yoga classes are held at a number of MCPL branches—find a class near you!
Can’t make it in to the branch? No problem. Break a sweat without breaking the bank right in your living room by checking out our online resources like OverDrive Video. These resources allow you to stream workout videos like Jillian Michaels: Beginner Shred directly to your device, so you can follow the step-by-step fitness routine instructions, no matter where you are!
Universal Class is another great option—not only to learn about weight loss and fitness but also about general health and wellness. It has courses on everything from Weight Loss Management and Nutrition 101 to How to Quit Smoking, Stress Management, and Building Self-Esteem.
After your workout, try making some healthy recipes with one of the many available cookbooks in the MCPL catalog. For more in-depth tips on healthy eating, attend one of the Library’s free programs like Healthy and Fit Over 40 or Cravings, Sugar, and Emotional Eating. Browse the full list of the Library’s free health and well-being programs online.
Get savvy with your money! From learning how to Create a Budget with Excel to tips on investing to Healthy Meal Planning on a Budget, the Library has a vast range of personal finance programs and online resources to help you make 2017 the year of wealth management. Take a look through the MCPL catalog for finance books that will help guide you on your journey to financial stability!
You can also save money just by using the Library’s services regularly! Instead of paying for subscriptions to newspapers and magazines, access publications for free through MCPL’s online databases like PressReader and Zinio. You can also download and stream music for free through various MCPL databases like Freegal Music. Interested in seeing just how much the Library can save you? Check out our Library Value Calculator to total up your savings!
Ready to find a job that’s right for you? MCPL’s Employment and Career Guidance Subject Guide gives you information about programs, like Resume 101, online resources like Career Center from Tutor.com, the latest books to help in your quest for a new vocation, and lists of recommended websites to help you in your search. Also, be sure to attend one of the Library’s Tools for Job Seekers programs for hands-on resume assistance, tips on applications, and advice on cleaning up online profiles.
Or, maybe you have the perfect job but want to brush up on some skills that will help you rise to the top. Try lynda.com! You can learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You’ll be amazed by the video library of engaging top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. From online marketing instruction to photography to improving your Excel proficiency, lynda.com can help! Or you can browse all of our online learning options.
In today’s fast-paced world, more and more people are striving to carve out dedicated time to spend with loved ones. The Library’s long roster of free programs for all ages provides the perfect opportunity for friends and family to come together—from taking the little ones to storytime to catching a film screening or book group meeting with friends.
Or, come meet new friends at one of the Library’s 2017 Winter Reading Challenge book groups! Read five books in two months, and engage in both in-person and online discussions about books that have been made into movies as part of the Challenge’s Read to Reel theme.
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking to take the plunge and start own your own business? Set up a meeting with a business specialist from our Square One Small Business Services team to learn how the Library can help you launch or grow your business!
The Square One team can connect you to all the resources you need to thrive in today’s market—whether that’s creating a competitive or market analysis through the Library’s free online databases like ReferenceUSA and DemographicsNow, attending one of MCPL’s many free business programs such as Business Basics: Non-Traditional Advertising for Small Businesses, or connecting you to other local organizations that can offer additional support, such as the Clay County Economic Development Council.