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 – – 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!

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