A New You in the New Year With Help From Your Library

Book cover for A Short Guide for a Long LifeI don’t make official New Year’s resolutions, but I do enjoy the clean slate feeling that comes each January. And I can’t help but catch a bit of the self-improvement bug, spurred on by my holiday overindulgence and the fact that January is Get Organized Month. If you are also looking to be a better you in 2014, your library can help.

Aspiring to improve your eating habits? Check out this program:

Learn to Eat Smart This Year
Monday, January 20, 2014 › 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Dietitians Megan Kemp and Lauren Knaup will show you how to stick to your New Year’s resolution of eating healthier food and avoiding crash diets after the holiday binge. Sample some foods and go home with healthy recipes. Co-sponsored by the Central Missouri Dietetics Association.

We also have a number of new books on the topic of living healthier, like David Agus’ “A Short Guide to a Long Life” and Tom Rath’s “Eat, Move, Sleep.”

Want to learn a new skill? Universal Class, available for free with your library card, offers hundreds of online, self-paced courses taught by actual instructors who communicate with you via email and evaluate your progress. These are rich continuing education courses in everything from accounting and real estate to cooking and crafting.

Ready to declutter? Here’s a whole slew of books to help you get started.

Finally, if you have made a resolution but are worried about keeping it, join us on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library (Conference Room B) for “Don’t Give Up on Your New Year’s Resolutions,” presented by Phoenix Programs, Inc.

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