December 18, 2019
It’s hard to believe that it’s about time to flip our calendars to 2020. After all, it’s not every year that a new decade rolls around! … it’s every 10 years! Corny jokes aside, a new decade is a big deal! Imagine where you were 10 years ago. Do you feel like you’ve grown since then? Perhaps learned a few things along the way? It’s hard to picture what 2030 will be like, but hopefully when you get there, you’ll have a similar feeling of growth and accomplishment, having checked a few things off your list.
And don’t worry, if the thought of tackling those 10-year plans seems insurmountable, Mid-Continent Public Library is here to help you—just like we were in 2010, and just like we’ll be in 2030. Here are just a few ways your Library can help you with your New Year’s resolutions:
- Explore Career Options or Start a New Business!
Looking to journey down a new career path or enhance your current job skills? Explore MCPL’s career and education resources like Lynda.com for online courses in several job sectors, or connect with a career coach for free in the Adult Education Center from Tutor.com.
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? Perhaps you are interested in starting a food truck! Learn how to start and operate your own business with resources from MCPL’s Square One Small Business Services.
If you’re ready to transition from that fulfilling career to the next phase of your life, learn what resources you need for retirement through classes like Medicare 101 at your local MCPL branch, or find informative books in the Library’s collection.
- Put Health First!
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. If you’re looking to improve your diet in addition to your exercise regime, check out the latest cookbooks and culinary magazines like Eating Well or Paleo Magazine to your tablet from RBdigital 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 and find your Zen with classes like “Stress Management,” “Healing Affirmations,” and “Anxiety Therapy 101” from Universal Class, which provides online training at your own pace.
- Save Money and Take Charge of Your Finances!
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 money―stream 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. Fine more resources like this at mymcpl.org/Free
Looking for tips on managing your personal finances? MCPL has you covered there too. Take an online class like “Personal Finance 101” or “Understanding and Managing Your Personal Credit” with Universal Class, and learn “5 Personal Finance Tips” from Lynda.com. 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.
- 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 Ancestry.com Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Fold3 Library Edition, and more. Learn more at mymcpl.org/genealogy.
- Learn How To!
No matter where you are at in life, you can always work on honing your skills and expanding your mind. Universal Class, for example, offers online courses on how to become a better cook, learn to sew, plan events, arrange flowers, and more.
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. You could even become a “guitar god” with free online lessons through Lynda.com!
Start today at mymcpl.org/online-learning.
- Join or Start a Book Group!
Book groups are a great way to enhance your reading experience and make new friends. A variety of book groups are available at MCPL branches. Learn more at mymcpl.org/bookgroups and ask the staff at your local branch how to join!
So, whether your resolution is something that can be completed in one year or 10, with a little help from the Library, you can turn those goals into the satisfying feeling of accomplishment. Sign up for an MCPL Access Pass to get started! Have questions? Drop by your local MCPL branch to chat with a staff member!
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