All of us have goals that we want to attain, whether it’s starting an exercise program, getting organized, or learning a new skill. New Year’s Day is a popular time for resolutions, but why wait? School is back in session and the hectic days of summer are coming to an end. September is National Self-Improvement Month, so come to the library and let us help you get started now!
Learn a new language with Mango Languages or Duolingo! Benefits of learning a second language include enhanced memory, a boost in cognitive function, and increase problem solving abilities. You may even stave off dementia or Alzheimer’s disease! Both Mango and Duolingo are free to use. Do you have a child who’s interested in learning a new language? Little Pim, a partner of Mango Languages, is designed for children from birth to age 6.
Eating healthier is a popular self-improvement goal, and our catalog has a wide variety of cookbooks to help you get started. Go Fresh : A Heart-Healthy Cookbook with Shopping and Storage Tips focuses on adding fresh ingredients to your kitchen without sacrificing flavor, and Clean Eating Made Simple discusses the benefits of eating unprocessed foods. The American Heart Association’s Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook proves that slow cooking can still be good for you and if you’re having a hard time giving up restaurant meals, Cook This, Not That will help you recreate your favorite meals at home, with far fewer calories.
Do your possessions need to trim down? If decluttering is your plan, read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. She says that if you follow her methods to simplify and organize your house, you’ll never have to do it again. Don’t miss her follow-up book, Spark Joy : An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, which goes further into folding, organizing, and simplifying.
Are you feeling the effects of stress? If reduced anxiety and increased mindfulness are something you yearn for, listen to Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide to Start Meditating Now. Clearly presented guidelines will have your mind feeling freer in no time.
Of course, if one of your goals is to read more, we have you covered! Whether you want to find a new author or try a new genre, we can help. Just stop at the circulation desk for a recommendation, or browse our Staff Picks for books and other materials that we’ve enjoyed.