How Librarians Can Help Patrons Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions

Library Resources | January 03, 2018

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When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, we all know how difficult it can be to get them started, much less keep them going throughout the year. While resolutions are fresh in people’s minds, it’s important to remind them that the library is a great resource to help them stay on track.

Here are some ways librarians can help patrons achieve four popular New Year’s resolutions by using resources found at the local public library.

Cooking Healthier Meals

A healthy diet is something most people want but find hard to achieve due to a lack of nutritional knowledge or cooking skills. Place a tabletop sign near computers or hang posters on the wall that encourage patrons to use library services to find healthy cooking resources. Offer key search terms such as “healthy cooking,” “low fat cooking” or “diabetic cooking,” to help them narrow their search results. Suggest motivational e-books such as Techniques of Healthy Cooking, and recommend print and digital magazines such as Eating WellCooking Light or Clean Eating.

Finding Time to Exercise

Many people struggle finding an exercise routine that keeps them engaged and motivated. Suggest popular workout DVDs that are available or host an informal yoga class for beginners. Start a weight loss or slimming club at the library and schedule weekly meetings for patrons to motivate each other, discuss challenges and set goals. Feature a different fitness magazine each week that provides useful exercise tips such as Weight WatchersShape or Muscle & Fitness.

Spending More Time with the Family

Striking a balance between work and family is something many working families strive for, but struggle to achieve. Offer programs and activities that encourage family engagement such as Makerspaces where families can have fun tinkering with projects. Get parents involved in early childhood literacy programs that help improve their child’s reading level. Recommend family-friendly audiobooks for roadtrips and vacations. And inspire in-home bonding, by suggesting resources like digital magazines that parents can use to quickly find activities for the entire family, such as FamilyFun and Parents.

Finding the Inner DIYer

With the growing popularity of DIY television programs and personalities like Martha Stewart and Clinton Kelly, many folks are looking to expand their creativity or learn a new skill but are not sure where to start. Many libraries host craft programs where patrons can learn something new and meet new people with the same interests. The DIY topics can range from simple projects like creating homemade cards to complex projects such as baking and painting ceramics. There are also hundreds of popular crafting magazines such as Do It YourselfMollie Makes and Craft Ideas that provide patrons with instant access to every possible DIY category.

With the New Year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to remind your community of the services available to them at their local library. If you need assistance or advice building your print or electronic collections, contact your local EBSCO representative and ask how EBSCO resources such as the digital magazine newsstand, Flipster, can help your patrons achieve their goals in 2018.

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