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New Year’s resolutions at the library

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No matter what you have resolved for the new year, the Summit County Libraries have resources to help you meet your goals. From getting organized to reading more, from shaping up to speaking up, it’s all at your library.

We’ve all seen books about getting organized at home, but are you in need of organization at work? Pick up “One Year to an Organized Work Life: From Your Desk to Your Deadlines, the Week-by-Week Guide to Eliminating Office Stress for Good” by Regina Leeds. Her chapter titles alone provide inspiration. “Calm the Morning Rush,” “Reclaim Your Office” and “Find Where the Time Goes” are sure to get you on the straight and narrow path to organization. Leeds also discusses dealing with the people in your workplace, beating burnout and organizing business travel. Solutions are provided for home offices as well.

Most of us would like to travel more. If you like introducing your children to new locales, check out Frommer’s “500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up” by mother of three, Holly Hughes. There are sections on train rides and boat rides, as well as hikes and drives. Whether you choose to get your thrills at America’s amusement parks or witness the annual Great Puffin Rescue in Iceland, this book gives detailed background information on each activity along with transportation information, costs, lodging and a special feature, “Why They’ll Thank You.” For Kangaroo Island in Australia, for example, your kids will thank you for taking them there for “koala cuteness to the max.”

A fun addition to the plethora of diet and fitness books that appear every year at this time is “Zumba: Ditch the Workout, Join the Party!” by Beto Perez. This book includes a DVD demonstrating the “simple dance moves set to addictive, body-shaking tunes [that] are so much fun, you’ll forget you’re working out!” A fat-burning diet is provided to help you shed the pounds and inches even faster. Your libraries have several fitness DVDs including yoga, pilates and tai chi for various levels.

The No. 1 fear of most people is speaking in public. If this is something that has plagued you, make a resolution to get over the stage fright. Drew Provan’s book “Public Speaking” may be just what you need. Provan points out that this fear stems from our childhood school days when we feared answering the teacher’s question incorrectly in front of our classmates. Provan warns us not to set ourselves up for perfection; even the experts make mistakes.

If you are looking for a challenge, take on “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die,” edited by Peter Boxall, if you have the time. Beginning in the 1700s with “Aesop’s Fables” and ending with “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro from the 21st Century, this book describes a vast array of works tempting you to read “the greatest novels of all time.”

The New Year’s resolution we hope you’ll all include for 2010 is either to continue visiting your local library or drop in if it’s been a while. It’s not just about books any more. We’d love to show you what we have to offer, and it’s all free.

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