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Get the Most Out of The Rest of 2018

December is disappearing before our eyes, and 2019 will be here before we know it. That being said, there are still 2 weeks left in this year, so there’s no need to give up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet! Here are a few things that you can do before 2018 ends to help kick off the new year on the right foot.

Hopefully you didn’t break out in a cold sweat at the mention of “New Year’s Resolutions”. The end of the year can be stressful time, so the first thing on all of our lists should be to take some time to relax. If you have some time this Tuesday evening, the library hosts a Meditation Group on the third floor Terrace Room at 6 pm. Meditating – even for a short period of time – can have extraordinary benefits: it reduces stress, improves concentration and sleep, and enhances our self-awareness and ability to focus on the present. We have recently had a meditation coach conducting weekly sessions for staff on lunch-breaks (as part of our wellness initiative), and I can personally attest to the positive effects it has had! If you can’t make it to the Meditation Group this Tuesday, they will continue meeting every other week in the coming year.

Another great way to decompress is by reading, but we don’t always make the time for it. This year, I’ve been putting aside 15-20 minutes to read before bed. It’s a very short amount of time, but enough that I’m able to finish a book every few weeks! If you also resolved to read more in 2018, and haven’t been able to follow through, pick one of the books on your “to-read” list, check it out of the library, and see if you can finish it before the end of the month. We also have plenty of great audiobooks, which is another great way to get through the books on your list! I’ve been listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō during my commute this week. I’ve been meaning to read it for a couple of years, and in only a few days I’m almost finished! Now, if only I could declutter my house as quickly and easily!

Even if all you are focused on right now is finding the perfect gift for that special someone, the library can help! The Makerspace on the first floor has some great tools to help you make unique and personal gifts. The laser cutter in particular is fantastic, and can be used to make custom designed leather bracelets, laser cut earrings, stone engravings, and more. Give us a call to set up a good time to learn to use it! While you’re here, you can also take a look at the books available for purchase near the Circulation desk, which includes a bunch of great holiday-themed ones from our Winter Book Sale.


By Cassie Skobrak, Reference Librarian