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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Second Week of Giveaways; Job Search Central

The Kenton County Public Library wants to help you with your job search, boost your resume and get you the computer skills you need.  We are giving away an eReader case, along with a $20 Amazon gift card (to possibly use on job search book or magazine), a bookmark on how to download free eBooks from the Library, a tote bag, library card holder and a cool cup! But first, let’s talk about some of the ways the Library can help with your job search.

Do you see yourself or a friend in any of the following scenarios?

  • Downsized professional?
  • Stay at home Mom returning to the paid workforce?
  • Thinking about changing careers?
  • Recent college graduate?
  • Senior looking for part-time work?
  • Skilled tradesman with no computer skills?
  • Looking to grow your current job skills?

Then think of the Kenton County Public Library as Job Search Central. The library has a myriad of resources available to aid you in your job search and help you grow your career skills. Turn to the library’s website to find the best and most up-to-date books on the job search hunt, career change, writing powerful resumes, composing strong cover letters and developing fresh interviewing skills. Our collection development staff ensures that the latest editions of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”  by Richard Nelson Bolles and “Knock’em Dead Resumes”  by Martin Yate are always available to library users. No two job seekers are alike, so resources are selected to serve the needs of job searchers in diverse situations. You can find both hard cover and eBooks on resume writing for executives, preparing for positions with the Federal government or seeking a new job out of prison. The website also has links to the most respected online help sites for resume writing and conducting research on posted positions. Consult a reference librarian at any of our three branches for the resources best suited to your personal situation.

This winter the library will offer a series of classes at the Erlanger Branch to jump start a job search. A Job Research Skills class will teach participants how to use Demographics Now, a Library online service, and other key resources to help find companies that are hiring, how to dig up data for interviews and pin-point appropriate contacts. Target Your Resume Workshop will feature a brief presentation on how to flesh out the critical skills posted in an open position in your field and streamlining your resume to clearly fulfill those needs. Individual resume help with a reference librarian will be available at the Covington Branch.

Social media sites are growing in prominence as conduits for job searches. If you missed the library’s recent class on How to Use LinkedIn, email Natalie Ruppert, Reference Librarian in Covington to schedule a 30 minute help session to learn how to effectively “network” via the site. If you know someone struggling to gain computer skills, the library also offers regular classes for First Time Computer Users plus classes on using Microsoft Office Suite including MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint at all three branches for free. Susan Rasche, Covington’s Computer Learning Center Coordinator offers limited individual computer help sessions.

The Library also offers online Self-Paced Software Classes and Occupation Practice Tests from Learning Express and Mango Foreign Language courses. You do need a free library card for some of these services. Save time, save money and get the support you need for your job search at the Kenton County Public Library today!”

Second Week of Giveaways:

Are you ready to enter the Week 2 Giveaway? To enter simply do one or all of the following and leave a separate comment IN THIS POST to be entered to win:

  1. Tell us how a librarian has helped you in the past.
  2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow Kenton County Public Library on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did.
  4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest ends Monday, Dec. 17 at noon. The winner will be emailed and has 24 hours to respond. Good luck and happy holidays!

week 2 giveaway

This post was written by Natalie Ruppert, reference librarian at the Covington Branch