New Year, New You at the Library

new-years-resolutionEven though we are in the middle of the joys (as well as aggravations) of the holiday season, it may be a good time to start thinking about the fact that 2014 is TOMORROW, and with that comes the opportunity to reflect and consider making some new year’s resolutions.  At the Erlanger Branch in January, we’re offering a series of events that aims to help you have fun while improving a variety of aspects of your life.

January 9, 7pm:  Quick & Tasty Soup Making – If your new year’s resolution is to eat better or just make more time for cooking, then look no further.  Learn to make hearty and delicious soups in this class presented by the Kenton County Cooperative Extension.  Samples will be served!

Book Suggestions:

Soup by Vava Berry ; photography by Yuki Sugiura

Call# 641.813 B534s 2010

Love soup : 160 all-new vegetarian recipes from the author of The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas

Call#641.5636 T454L 2009

Cincinnati & soup : recipes from the Queen City and great soup by Cheri Brinkman

Call# K 641.59771 B858c 2010

loose weightJanuary 14, 7pm: Healthy Weight Loss – Join us for an informative class on how to lose weight by improving your health from the inside out and avoid common mistakes and fitness myths.   Presented by the physician-supervised, Figure Weight Loss Clinic.

 

 

 

Book Suggestions:

No-fad diet: a personal plan for healthy weight loss by The American Heart Association

Call# 613.25 N739f 2011

You, losing weight: the owner’s manual to simple and healthy weight loss by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

Call# 613.25 R741yL 2011

What to eat : the ten things you really need to know to eat well and be healthy! By Luise Light

Call# 613.2 L723w 2006

January 21, 6:30pm: Time Management Tips & Tricks – Back by popular demand, this ever-helpful presentation will show you simple but effective ways to organize your work and personal lives in order to make better use of your time.  You’ll be amazed at how fun organizing your schedule and managing your time can be!

Book Suggestions:

The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey

Call# 158.1 C873s 2004

Lifehacker : the guide to working smarter, faster and better by Adam Pash and Gina Trapani

Call# 004.16 P281L 2011

Organizing your day : time management techniques that will work for you by Sandra Felton and Marsha  Sims.

Call# 650.11 F327o 2009

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January 23, 6pm:  Gaining Respect 101 – In this transformative program presented by area life coaches Kimberly Mitchell and Pam Rettig, you will learn about the nature of respect as well as well as techniques to gain respect in all areas of life.

Book Suggestions:

Smile at strangers : and other lessons in the art of living fearlessly by Susan Schorn

Call# 158 S374s 2013

You! : the journey to the center of your worth by Ed Young

Call# 248.4 Y71y 2005

Power thoughts: achieve your true potential through power thinking by Robert Schuller

Call# 248.4857 S3862p

healthy sleepJanuary 28, 7pm:  Improve Your Sleep – Accomplishing these resolutions will be much more difficult if you don’t get a good night’s rest, as healthy sleep affects all other aspects of your well-being.  Join us for a presentation by local clinical psychologist Dr. Emily Sander, that will give you tips and tricks on how to improve your quality of sleep.

 

Book Suggestions:

Eat move sleep : how small choices lead to big changes by Tom Rath

Call# 613 R234e 2013

Sound sleep, sound mind : 7 keys to sleeping through the night by Barry Krakow

Call# 616.8498 K89s 2007

Healing sleep: for nights when thoughts keep churning [CD] by Kelly Howell

Call# 613.79 H859h 2006

These programs at the Erlanger Branch aren’t the only thing that can help you keep a New Year’s Resolution.

Are you looking to improve your job skills or find a new job? All three branches offer computer classes like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Mail Merge. The Library also offers job-related workshops like Job Research Skills Workshop, Target Your Resume Workshop and Interviewing Skills Workshop. There will even be a Job Fair at the Covington location on January 30 from noon-4 p.m.

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Some people will resolve to learn their family tree. The Library can help with one-on-one genealogy assistance as well as programs. And if you are looking to spend more time as a family, we can help with that too through library storytimes and other family programs.

You can find a full listing of programs at www.kentonlibrary.org/events. Do you have a resolution or goal for 2014? Share with us!

 

 

 

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One Book, One Community

Since 2007, Northern Kentucky One Book One Community has joined together Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton County Public Libraries in a community-wide reading partnership. With participation from people all around the region, this is a great chance for everyone to read, discuss, and connect over a book specially chosen for this annual occasion.

Each year staff from each of the four library systems look at a wide variety of books. I have been part of the selection committee for several years. We read several books, of both fiction and non-fiction, looking for books that have a connection to the area, an interesting and intriguing story, and an author who can come to the libraries for a final feature event. I always love the evenings with the author (David Giffels was just wonderful last year!) – who else out there has been to these nights? Do you have a favorite?

Well get ready for our 2012 book, Writ of Mandamus, a fast-paced political thriller from local author Rick Robinson. In the book, Congressman Richard Thompson is about to run for reelection and his only opponent is Sean Sullivan, an eccentric lawyer known for wearing fuzzy slippers in the court room and railing about the temperature of the Guinness served at Chez Nora (one of the many places you’ll recognize). But as Thompson and his wife prepare for a long-awaited vacation in Ireland, Sullivan files a writ of mandamus against him, and Thompson realizes that Sullivan is a more formidable candidate than previously thought. Then someone is murdered and the Thompsons are plunged into an investigation involving Keeneland, an Irish horse farm, an attack on CIA operatives and the smuggling of military aircraft parts to the Middle East.

You can pick up a copy of Writ of Mandamus at any branch of the library, and make sure to check out our October events calendar. There will be Legal Lectures at the Durr branch a History of Covington’s Mainstrasse at the Erlanger branch, and several book discussions (I host the one on 10/18) take place at Erlanger throughout the month – everyone is welcome!

And don’t miss your chance to meet Ft. Mitchell author Rick Robinson on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. This special evening will be at the Erlanger Library and it’s always both interesting and fun to hear the author talk about the book and answer patron questions. Writ of Mandamus is the fifth One Book program that I’ve had a chance to be part of – it just keeps getting better! For more information, check out the One Book One Community website at http://www.nkyonebook.org/. Or ask a question here – I’ll be sure to post an answer. 🙂

Written by:

Leigh K. Mauer, MLIS

Readers’ Advisory Librarian

Erlanger Branch Library