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Get Healthy, Get Promoted, Get to the Library this New Year!

Published on Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:59am
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Make 2019 the year that you finally check off those recurring resolutions with a little help from your local Library! With free resources from Mid-Continent Public Library, you can turn your #goals into #reality. Here are just a few ways your Library can help you with your New Year’s resolutions. Have questions? Drop by your local MCPL branch to chat with a staff member!

  • Save Money!

Simply using the Library can save you all kinds of money! Check out the Library Value Calculator to see just how much you can keep in your pocketbook with your Access Pass. Here are just a few Library resources you can use to save moneystream and download your favorite tunes for free with Freegal Music; get free eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive; read your favorite newspapers and magazines for free through PressReader and RBdigital.

Looking for tips on managing your personal finances? MCPL has you covered there too. Take an online estate planning class or “Investing 101” with Universal Class, and learn “Personal Finance Tips and Tricks” from Or, check out books on a variety of finance and wealth management topics.

Lastly, if you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck on the products and services you do buy, use Consumer Reports to find credible information from a trusted source.

  • Get Healthy!

Use MCPL’s video streaming services to get workout videos on your device, or search the MCPL catalog for fitness DVDs to bring home. Yoga, Tai Chi, and other health and wellness classes are also offered at numerous MCPL branches. Sign up online!

If you’re looking to improve your diet in addition to your exercise regime, check out the latest cookbooks, and stream videos from Access Video On Demand and OverDrive Video to learn how to buy and make healthy foods.

Wellness isn’t just about managing your weight. It’s also about maintaining emotional and mental health. Learn how to lower your stress level with classes like “The Art of Breathing,” “Stress Management,” and “Aromatherapy 101” from Universal Class, which provides online training at your own pace.

  • Explore Career Options!

Looking to journey down a new career path or enhance your current job skills? Explore MCPL’s career and education resources like for online courses in several job sectors, or connect with a career coach for free in the Adult Education Center from

If earning a degree is in your career plan, consider using test prep resources for college entrance exams and more through the Testing & Education Reference Center. Or, find out if you qualify for Career Online High School, a Gale Cengage program available through MCPL that allows you to earn an accredited high school diploma at no charge.

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Learn how to start and operate your own business with resources from MCPL’s Square One Small Business Services.

  • Find Your Roots!

If you’re looking to discover more about yourself in the New Year, consider tracing your family history with a little help from Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center. Take a free class there on a variety of genealogy-related topics, or start using their online resources (some are available at home, while others are in-branch only) like Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Fold3 Library Edition, and more.

  • Be a Lifelong Learner!

No matter where you are at in life, you can always work on honing your skills and expanding your mind. Improve your writing skills through online classes like “The Keys to Effective Editing” or “Write Fiction Like a Pro” through Gale Courses. Or, visit MCPL’s Story Center to take your idea from spark of inspiration to completion.

Hoping to learn a new language? Prepare for family vacations and business trips with Mango Languages, which offers conversation-based lessons in 70 languages.  

No matter what your resolutions are for 2019, the Library can help you close the book on them once and for all! Sign up for an MCPL Access Pass to get started!

-MCPL Marketing & Communications

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