Friday, January 4, 2013

New Years Resolutions

Resolutions, resolutions. Did you know that New Year's Resolutions began with the ancient Roman god Janus?
Meet Janus: The Roman god of beginnings.
 Yep, that god is the god of new beginnings and transitions. He is a two-faced god which means one face looks in reflection to the past and the other face looks to the future. In fact, January is named after Mr. Janus based on the Roman Calendar. The Romans, as a sign of respect for their god, would make resolutions as an offering of a new beginning for the start of each year. The Roman girls who were pining for a mate would oil the doorway of their home with wolf fat on January 1st hoping that the next man to slip through the doorway would be their future husband and believing that the wolf fat would protect them from any undesirable men.

In Fairfield, I am sure no women slaughtered a wolf to ring in the New Year but I am sure that resolutions were made. Did you make any?

As a library I did make one simple resolution: bring more people to the library. The library is truly a wonderful place for so many reasons, and I am not quite sure that everyone knows how a library can fit in their lives. There are thousands of books to read, magazines, movies, computers for work or Internet, a cafe and a patio! So, in order to help me fulfill my New Years Resolutions, I will help you fulfill yours!

Here are a few popular 2013 New Years Resolutions that I can totally support you on:

1. Get Organized:

We have books on organizing everything from your kitchen pantry to your garage. Did I say garage? Wait! There is a professional organizer coming in March to do a workshop called "Take Back Your Garage" and you are invited. Light refreshments will be served. Snacking with inspiration is always a nice thing.

2. Help Others: 

The library would love to have your help! We need volunteers to help us with library projects, we especially need teens to come give us a hand with tutoring and a Teen Advisory Board. If you know a teen that would like to volunteer, give us a call (973) 227-3575.

3. Learn Something New:

  Is there something specific you would like to learn? Fill in the blank: "I would love to learn how to____________________. Guess what? We have a book on that! Come check it out!

4. Enjoy Life More: 

A recent poll shows that adults want to enjoy life more. Well, let me inform you that we are all about enjoying life here at the library. Monthly we have events for people of all ages. In the near future we will be having book swaps (bring your books!), Celtic music in March (a harpist then a band on St. Patty's), and we will be having fun and informative workshops.

5. Loose Weight:
Veggies + Library Books = Healthier You!
Millions of Americans have vowed to loose a couple of pounds. You are not alone if you have vowed to live lighter and healthier. And guess what? Our bookshelves have you covered! We have hundreds of books on healthy living, cooking, exercise and motivating yourself to stay healthy. Please, stop by the library. In fact, come on your lunch break: eat in our cafe and peruse the books you need to stay motivated.

6. Quit ______. Is there some little habit you would like to quit?
Put the lighter down and head over to the library!
Smoking? Nail biting? Drinking? Cursing? We totally support your decision in bettering yourself. We have a great section on self-help books written by experts that will encourage you to stay strong in your decision to change in 2013. And while you tossing out one habit, enjoy picking up a new one by leafing through some enjoyable book you might not have normally picked up in the past. Interested in Hula Dancing? Chances are, we have a book on that! Train collecting? We have that too!

However you decide to change your life in 2013, we at the library are here to encourage you, support you and promise to do our best to offer a plethora of options to make 2013 a truly good year for you!

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