Make Your New Year’s Resolutions a Reality at the Library
With every new year comes a push to make personal resolutions—ones we’re hopefully able to keep.
Whatever your goal, the library is here to help.
If reading regularly is on your list, the library is the perfect place to get a head start. Not only do our branches have a large collection of physical books with staff ready to help, but patrons can check out ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines through Libby. All you need to sign up for the free app is a library card. If you can’t decide what to read next, the online resource Novelist can help you find authors and titles.
Joining one of our book clubs is another great way to stay motivated and find new reads. You might just make a few friends in the process.
Speaking of meeting new people, the library offers dozens of programs every month for all interests and ages. From Dungeons and Dragons to game nights and crafts, there’s something for everyone at all branches. Examples include the Cold Spring Stargazers Club, Teen Media Club, Graphic Novel Fans and CCPL Roblox Club.
Level Up Technology Skills
Did you get a new gadget this holiday season? Learn how to use it at Jan. 25’s edition of Talking Tech Troubles, a monthly program for adults at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch that addresses technology concerns with different topics each session.
If you want to brush up on your computer skills, visit www.cc-pl.org/adult-education and select LearningExpress: Computer Skills Center for resources on how to get started, software tools, graphics and illustration and getting to know your operating system.
Learn a Language
Are you planning to travel abroad this year? Or maybe you want to communicate better with community members, coworkers, customers and others who speak a different first language. The library is full of resources to help you along the way, including Mango Languages. The online service has self-guided courses on over 70 languages spoken around the world that go beyond grammar and vocabulary to teach users practical conversation skills. Mango also has English classes for speakers of other languages.
Expand Your Knowledge
Continue your education or fulfill lifelong learning goals with Universal Class, a resource that includes over 500 online courses led by professional instructors. All users need to create a free account is their library card!
Universal Class is completely self-paced and includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests and options for social media interaction with other learners. Many of the courses offer continuing education units (CEUs) authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.
Subjects range from accounting to law to finance to career training and web development. Courses touch on over 30 subjects in total.
Spend Less, Save More
Cut back on spending in 2022 by utilizing the library’s free resources and large collection of materials. Instead of paying for multiple streaming platforms, check out DVDs of your favorite movies or TV shows to watch instead. You might just be able to cut back on a subscription or two.
Avoid impulsive purchases with Consumer Reports, a resource available through the library that offers in-depth reviews for cars, appliances, electronics and more. The service aims to empower people with the knowledge they need to make informed choices before they decide which product works best for them. All patrons need to use the service are their library barcode and PIN.
Plus, patrons can now browse without the worry of late fines. In fall 2021, the library became permanently fine free, meaning there are no longer overdue fines on books, magazines, movies, video games, etc. If you have a card with old fines on it, come on in—they have been waived.