It’s that time of the year. Yes, you know exactly what time I mean.
It’s time to make resolutions, to decide what we are going to do in 2014.
To offer a little bit of help in this venture, I am offering my Top 10 Things to Try at the Library in 2014:
1. Read a book from an author or genre you have never considered. Read the whole thing, even if you don’t like it. One of two things will happen. Either you will discover a new author or genre that you enjoy, or you will be able to mark this off your list as a supposedly fun thing you will never do again.
2. Take a technology class at the library. Sure, you have probably been using a computer and the internet for years. But sometimes a class will give you unexpected tips or teach you something entirely new. This month, Exploring the Internet, for example, might give an insight on computer viruses or managing your favorites list. The class is offered the last week of January in both libraries, and preregistration is required.
3. Download your three free weekly songs from Freegal. Just go to the library’s website – www.madisonlibrary.org – then click on Freegal Music and start browsing. One thing I like to do is download a song from an artist or group with a lot of current hype – like Miley Cyrus or One Direction. That way I get a sense of what everyone is talking about without having to buy an entire album. I’ve actually discovered some new bands this way.
4. Try a library book club for one month. We have four to choose from! This month, the Forever Young Adult Book Club is reading “Uglies” by Scott Westerfield (Richmond) and “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini (Berea). The Tuesday night book club in Berea and the Thursday night book club in Richmond are both reading “Room” by Emma Donoghue. You can check out copies of these titles at the circulation desk.
5. Volunteer one day a month at the library. You can learn more about the daily operations of the library and make a difference in your community.
6. Read a digital magazine on your tablet. The service is called Zinio (you access it from the library webpage). If you have never tried this, prepare to be amazed. I would recommend National Geographic as a great title to start with.
7. Try an audiobook. We have several options – CDs, Playaways and digital downloads through Kentucky Libraries Unbound.
8. Check out a cookbook and try a new recipe every day for a week. Remember Fabio Viviani from Top Chef? Why not try some recipes from Fabio’s Italian Kitchen?
9. Get fitter! Yoga for Every Body is a beginner-level class that will introduce you to yoga. Preregister for a class in Richmond or Berea.
10. Sign up for an online class through our website. You can learn a new language with Mango Languages or Rocket Languages. Or check out Universal Class for hundreds of possibilities from how to train your dog to Poetry Writing 101. Many of the Universal Class courses are qualifying CEU classes for a number of professions.
As you are exploring your resolution possibilities for 2014, I hope you will make the Madison County Public Library a part of something new to try for the new year. I hope to see you soon at the library!
It’s that time of the year. Yes, you know exactly what time I mean.
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Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
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