July 21st, 2018

Library Chat: New year, new resolutions — so let’s enrich ourselves

By Medicine Hat News on January 5, 2018.

New years are all about resolutions. We promise things of ourselves. This year I will lose weight. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Save money. Work less. Work more. Watch TV less. Read more. And a multitude of others.

In 2018, let’s resolve to enrich ourselves. Don’t plan to fix, change, or overhaul. Enrich.

Here at the library our resolution is to help you become enriched — whatever that means to you.

At the broadest level, we have self-help books on almost any topic. This is a good place to start if you have a specific concern you want to address in the new year. Our staff will help you gather all the materials available on the topic, allowing you to become informed, empowered, and enriched.

If your resolution is to cook more, eat healthier, or to become the next contestant on MasterChef, our collection of more than 3,000 cookbooks will take your culinary game to the next level. A presentation by Community Food Connections on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. will give you tips for healthy eating on a budget.

If you’re like so many others in that you resolve to lose weight this new year, we can help there too. We have workout DVDs (physical copies and streaming content), nutrition and diet books, Wii games that will get you moving, and two Zumba kits complete with DVD discs and toning sticks.

If you were given the gift of technology for Christmas and now you’re realizing you should resolve to become a better user of said technology, we’re ready to help. We have classes to teach computer, email, and internet basics. We also have weekly tech time sessions: a one-on-one meeting with a staff member to discuss your tech concerns. These sessions are also a good way for you to get acquainted with our eResources. We can show you how to download our eBooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers; how to stream content from our collection like movies, music, and TV shows; how to register for online courses; how to research your family tree on Ancestry; how to access auto manuals; and so much more. A simple phone call will get you registered in one of these sessions.

If you resolve to save money in 2018, getting or renewing your library card is a good place to start. For only $5 per year for adults, a library card gives you access to unlimited entertainment materials.

Two presentations to be held at the library in the new year by Jackson Woodruff, CFP, will help you balance your budget and get you started with investing — view our program booklets online for these days/times. If you’re looking for ways to save money elsewhere, borrow one of our Home Energy Self-Audit Toolkits to see if there’s money to be saved on your utility bill.

If you’ve been saying “I haven’t been to the library in years” — resolve to visit. Resolve to find out more. Resolve to enrich yourself. Resolve to let us be part of your enrichment journey.

Gillian Reimer is head of marketing services at the Medicine Hat Public Library.

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