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Library news: Resources to help you keep your resolution

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By The Staff

A brand new year is here again and all of us are thinking of our New Year’s resolutions.  Some of us go on a diet and vow to exercise more.  Some of us attempt to become more organized and use time more wisely.  This year, many of us will resolve to spend less.  Whatever your resolution, this year use the resources available at Henry County Public Library to help you keep it. 

Spend less by utilizing the public library.  With the average cost of a book rising above $25 you can save a hundred dollars a month by checking out a book a week, instead of purchasing your reading materials.

With more than 31,000 titles in the library’s collection, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.  Just in case you don’t, the public takes requests for newer titles and offers interlibrary loan service for free.  The library also offers a circulating DVD collection of more than 1,000 titles.  Check out up to three at a time with your library card.   Save  money on magazines and newspapers.

The Henry County Public Library subscribes to about 50 magazines and five newspapers including the Henry County Local, the Shelbyville Sentinel-News, and the Oldham Era.

Want to know just how much the public library could save you?  Visit the website of the Riverside Public Library in Riverside, California, and use their library services calculator at www.riversideca.gov/library/services_calculator.asp. 

Want to spend more time with your family this year? The library offers a wide variety of programming for all ages. 

Bring the entire family to the public library for a Third Thursday Family Movie. On the third Thursday of every month, the public library shows a family film. Movies start at 6:30 p.m., and are free and open to the general public.  Snacks are provided. 

The library offers weekly preschool programming for children under the age of six and their caregivers. Visit the library at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for Story Time.  Story Time, a program for children ages 2-6, involves books, song, rhymes, games and more.  Each session ends with a craft.

Six-week-sessions of Baby-and-Me, for infants, toddler and their caregivers are held in Fall, Winter, and Spring.  Join us on Thursdays at 10 a.m. through the end of January for our winter session.  Can’t fit a program into your schedule, simply drop by whenever  there’s time and bring the whole family to hang out.  Housed in the children’s room are computers with educational games and limited Internet access.  Children can work a puzzle or play a game with mom and dad and then check out a stack of books and movies to take home. Materials can then be returned in our book and DVD drops for your convenience.

Use the public library to stay connected to friends and family.  The library offers fast, free internet access as well as wireless access for your laptop or hand held device.  Send an e-mail or upload some pictures to a photo sharing website so out of town aunts and uncles can watch your family grow.  Start your own blog or join a social networking site. Not sure where to start?  Sign up for a free computer class. 

Want to get healthier this year?  Watch for information about the library’s new fitness programming and special materials.

Visit the public library to browse for library materials on dieting and nutrition.  Get tips on how to become more organized and stay that way.

You can also search the library’s collection from the comfort of your own home by visiting the website at www.youseemore.com/henry.   For more information about the Henry County Public Library and its services, call 845-5682, send an e-mail to info@henrylibrary.org, or visit the Henry County Public Library located at 172 Eminence Terrace in Eminence.  The library is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thursday when the library is open until 8 p.m.

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