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Resources to support New Year’s resolutions

If you are a New Year’s resolution maker, you may have one of the following goals on your list this year. These are among the most common resolutions:

– Spend more time with family and friends

– Exercise regularly



– Lose weight

– Quit smoking



– Enjoy life more

– Quit drinking or drink less alcohol

– Get out of or reduce debt

– Learn something new

– Volunteer, help others

– Get organized

– Take a trip

Our library is full of resources to help support your resolve.

Bring your kids to the library to pick out some books to read together. Make up your own mini film festival from our DVD and video collection. Invite friends over to watch and discuss the movies.

Check out our collection of yoga, pilates and fitness books as well as DVD’s and videos to create your best, convenient home exercise program. We have over 100 titles for you to try out without purchasing. Our cookbook collection of over 100 titles can help. Experiment with “Spa Food,” by Edward Safdie, read up on nutrition plans (Dr. Atkins, the Zone, metabolism) and find the combinations that work for you.

You’ll find creative and inspiring financial advice from such authors as Suze Orman, Robert Allen, Deepak Chopra, Dave Ramsey, and Sally Herigstad as well as financial and legal handbooks. Whether you have specific questions about practical matters or are in need of the encouragement of other people’s success stories, the library has something for you.

Sally Morgenstern’s “Organizing From the Inside Out,” is one of the most popular guides to home and work organization. On the same shelf, Flylady’s “Sink Reflections” offers lighthearted suggestions, and “Confessions of a Happily Organized Family,” by Denise Schofield tells how one family keeps order. “First Things First,” (Stephen Covey, Roger Merrill, Rebecca Merrill) is another favorite guide to life organization.

Just a couple of bookcases down the way, our travel section can start you planning the trip you want to take later this year. From Frommer’s “San Francisco With Kids,” to Lonely Planet guides to almost anywhere, the world is at your fingertips. Years ago my husband and I found our way from Frankfurt to Istanbul to San Sebastian and back armed only with “Mediterranean Europe on a Shoestring.” What were we thinking? Use the most specific guide you can find.

As for learning something new, well, the library is a do-it-yourself delight! Whether it’s a craft like woodworking, textile art or jewelry making, or a new hobby interest in antiques, architecture, graphic novel design or landscaping ” you’ll find a range of titles to get you started. Or, sample some biographies, maybe a volume of history, or a collection of environmental essays. Among the audio books you will find tapes or CDs to help you speak Spanish, Greek, Italian, French, or Japanese and other languages.

Library staff can help you find resources in our local branch and throughout the Nevada County system to support your heart’s desires. Happy New Year!

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