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At Your Library

by Edie Strate
Grand County Library District

We love the holidays with all their abundance, but when the calendar page turns and the date in your checkbook looks unfamiliar, it is time to take stock and look ahead.

Many people feel bloated after their high dose of Christmas calories. However, you don’t need to buy a club membership or a self-help book to rediscover your former, svelte self.

The Grand County Library District has literally hundreds of books and videos to inspire your New Year regimen of weight loss, fitness or diet change. They are available for free to library card holders. For example, the newly remodeled Kremmling Library has The Biggest Loser: The Workout (weight loss yoga) on DVD. Hot Sulphur Springs has Deadline Fitness: Tone Up and Slim Down When Every Minute Counts. Granby Library has a new DVD Yoga Fitness, by Allegro. Fraser Valley and Granby both own Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide. Juniper Library in Grand Lake owns The Flat Belly Diet.

Another traditional resolution is to improve one’s “financial health,” perhaps focusing on reducing debt or keeping better financial records. Check out Financial Planning Demystified at Kremmling, or The Back to Basics Book of Money at Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby.

In 2009, the Grand County Library District received a generous grant from the Department of Social Services. The collection provides exciting resources for helping library users meet the challenges of 2010. There are books, DVDs and audio materials to assist every level of learner arrive at their educational goals, improve workplace skills, increase their ability to manage finances or develop expertise in a wide range of technical areas. Juniper Library acquired First Comes Love, Then Comes Money with this grant, as well as Fight Foreclosure.

Of course, there are as many resolutions as there are well-intended people. Stephanie Ralph, the library district’s Public Services Coordinator says, “One of my personal New Year’s resolutions is to try reading books outside my usual choices. There are so many excellent new authors out there, particularly in non-fiction.”

Jill Miles, a board member of the Grand County Library District, stepped out on a limb and proclaimed: “I resolve to get all of those unfinished projects out of the house – either finished or scrapped.” Jill could take a look at The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential at Granby Library, or perhaps read How to Get Organized Without Resorting to Arson, at Juniper.

Whether you want to improve your quilting skills, like Barbara Wilcox, learn how to cook venison, figure out how to Twitter, or identify local wildlife, you will find books and audio/visual resources in each of our five libraries.

Come check us out, and resolve to check into the new decade.

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