Thursday, December 31, 2015

Keep Your Resolutions at the Library

This is the weekly column that we write for the Dakota County Star.  We thank them for printing it.

Keep Your Resolutions at the Library 

LEGO Build- Come build with us! We will have LEGO bricks out for imagination time from 3:30 to 5:00 every Monday.

Wow!  You Made That? Children third grade and up learn how to knit on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.

Night of FUN- Every Tuesday at 6:30 we will enjoy something FUN! Activities vary from video games to craft projects and much more!

Pat-a-Cake Pals- This is a time to introduce the library to our youngest customers, those under 2 years old. We sing, read and play!   We meet on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Time is held each Friday at 10:00 a.m.  It is a story for children 2-3 years old and their caregivers. We enjoy books, crafting and a snack.

Tangled Yarns meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

How to Buy a Home is the subject two classes that will be held on January 21st in English and the 28th will be the one in Spanish.  The classes are led by representatives from Siouxland Federal Credit Union.  The information that will be taught applies to the requirements for first time home buyers, regardless of the lending institution one uses.  Find out how you can move from renting to the benefits of home ownership.

Weight Loss is perennial favorite in the field of New Year’s Resolutions.  The following are a few new titles to help you keep this resolution.

The Whole30:  the 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig provides the step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook that will allow millions of people to experience the transformation of their entire life in just one month. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig's critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has helped hundreds of thousands of people transform how they think about their food, bodies, and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health--along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.

The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J. J. Smith will jump-start your weight loss, increase your energy level, clear your mind, and improve your overall health.

Thinner This Year:  a Younger Next Year Book by Chris Cowley is a guide to weight loss that challenges today's "quick-fix" methods draws on up-to-date science to outline strategic methods that explain specifically how to eat and exercise for permanent results.

Getting one’s finances in order is another popular resolution.  These books will help with various challenges of personal and family finance.

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money by Ron Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. But he also identifies a set of traits and virtues--like modesty, patience, generosity, and perspective--that parents hope their young adults will carry with them out into the world.

Money, Master the Game:  7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Anthony Robbins lays out a plan for achieving financial freedom, based on years of research and interviews with the world’s greatest financial experts.

The Women's Guide to Successful Investing: Achieving Financial Security and Realizing your Goals by Nancy Temple introduces women to wealth accumulation strategies that can be implemented with success.

Good Stuff on the Web:  While we love books, we know that there is much good knowledge on the internet as well.  The following are some pages that you should consider visiting.

Diet Plans and Weight Loss Programs http://www.freedieting.com/  offers links to popular weight loss plans:  Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet Paleo Diet and more.  It also has tools for calculating calories and nutrition.

Tax Help from the IRS https://www.irs.gov/ offers links to all the tax forms you will need to do your own taxes.

Winter Travel Safety Tips http://www.transportation.nebraska.gov/rca/wz/winter-page.htm includes links to travel safety tips, information about travel safety and more.

Have a great week and read good books.

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