2020 was certainly a year that none of us will ever forget for many reasons. For those of us who are as anxious to turn the calendar page as much as 2021’s arrival, here are some intriguing things you can teach yourself how to do to ring in the new year. Use our collections and eLibrary resources at your friendly neighborhood library to take up that new hobby or explore a topic that you have been wanting to learn about for a long time! Happy New Year!!! 😊
Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B.J. Fogg, PhD – If you have a hard time sticking to your new year’s resolutions every year, this might be the perfect guide to help you form lasting new habits by understanding Dr. Fogg’s revolutionary understanding of human behavior.
The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way by Héctor García and Francese Miralles – As simply stated on the back cover of the book, “Learn to make every moment a once-in-a-lifetime experience with this definitive guide to the Japanese art of ichigo ichie.”
Working in the Cloud: Using Web-Based Applications and Tools to Collaborate Online by Jason R. Rich – For those of you who have been working or learning from home, this book will be a handy guide to learning terminology, understanding cloud concepts, and teaching you how to use these resources securely and efficiently.
Python Without Fear: A Beginner’s Guide That Makes You Feel Smart by Brian Overland – This could be the perfect time to teach yourself computer programming and coding.
Teach Yourself Visually Windows 10 – 3rd Edition by Paul McFedries – Here is an instructional book that clearly shows you how to get the most out of the Windows 10 operating system.
The Mythology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK Publishing – If you have ever been curious about myths and legends around the world, The Mythology Book is a great introduction to who’s who and how these stories of the past still influence our societies today.
The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter – One Month at a Time by Jennifer Ashton, M.D., M.S. – Start the New Year off on the right foot by focusing on a different area of health and well-being each month to unlock your best self by the end of the year.
The Dietitian Kitchen: Nutrition for a Healthy, Strong, & Happy You by Kerri Major – Kerri Major, a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, will help you eliminate the confusion around fad diets and get back to the basics of well-balanced nutrition and implement exercises that fit in with your busy lifestyle without adding stress while adding enjoyment to your daily routines.
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson – Add some wow to your kitchen this year by exploring Black cooking today with Marcus Samuelsson (chef, author, and television star) who will take on a journey through culinary delights, culture and history with some of the top chefs across our country.
American Sign Language Demystified by Kristin Mulrooney, Ph.D. – This self-teaching guide includes a DVD that will help you learn American Sign Language to communicate confidently and comfortably.
Complete Language Pack: Spanish by DK Publishing – This complete Spanish language pack comes with three books and free audio apps to help you get started in learning Spanish in 15-minute lessons over 12 weeks.
Budgeting 101: From Getting Out of Debt and Tracking Expenses to Setting Financial Goals and Building Your Savings, Your Essential Guide to Budgeting by Michele Cagan, CPA – Whether you would like to get out of debt or save for retirement, this crash course book on budgeting will help you build financial security and expand your savings to achieve your financial goals and dreams.
The New Gardener’s Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful & Bountiful Garden by Daryl Beyers – Winter is the perfect time to begin planning your garden for spring planting whether you would like to grow beautiful flowers or harvest a bounty of vegetables.
Shuffle and Deal: 50 Classic Card Games for Any Number of Players by Tara Gallagher – Rediscover some classic card games along with many that you may never have played before for your next Game Night!
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing the Ukulele by David Hodge – This could be the year for you to take up a fun instrument and learn how to play the ukulele! The updated edition includes the corresponding audio track guides that can be downloaded from their website or you can get the book with the CD.
Nature’s Beauty Secrets: Recipes for Beauty Treatments from the World’s Best Spas by Dawn Gallagher – It’s time to pamper yourself for the new year! Learn natural beauty secrets from spas around the world that you can receate at home.
The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature’s Secret Signs by Peter Wohlleben – Discover rich new meanings in the world around you by learning how to read the signs of nature and gain a deeper understanding of weather using everything from the latest discoveries to ancient lore.
How to Fix Anything: Essential Home Repairs Anyone Can Do by Popular Mechanics Press – You will learn how to confidently handle issues in any room in your home, yard or garage with this handy guide that also covers simple lessons in plumbing and electricity.
See You at the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors by Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi – This summer, many of us will hopefully hit the road to travel with our families and friends. For those of us that enjoy the great outdoors, check out this wonderful guide created by Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi, who are young parents that have become seasoned campers along with their children.
What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid – Winter’s longer nights lend for perfect stargazing conditions! This beautifully illustrated guide will help you identify celestial bodies in the heavens and learn the stories behind them. Check out one of our backpacks with high-powered binoculars to view the moon, stars, and planets in greater detail.
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America -7th Edition by Roger Tory Peterson – Check out this field guide with one of our birding backpacks with binoculars and you can enjoy the birds in your own backyard or go explore the birds you can see in our wonderful community parks.
Chilton Library gives you the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.
Creativebug has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.
Home Improvement Reference Center – Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.
KnowledgeCity provides in-demand training for business, computer, safety, compliance, and finance enabling users to update skill sets and advance careers. All courses are crafted by industry experts and college professor s from around the world. Courses can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Each course provides a skills test and certificate of completion. Receive unlimited access to KnowledgeCity using your library card. Follow the link to KnowledgeCity from the library’s web site, log in using your library card, and start learning. KnowledgeCity’s service is available in both English and Spanish.
Lynda.com – Learn business, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals using these free video courses on the latest software, taught by industry experts. Online videos are available for Developer, IT, Business, Marketing, Photography, 3D + Animation, Video, Web, and more. Both in-library and remote users must enter their library card number and PIN to access Lynda.com.
The Ohio Web Library includes: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more.
Oxford Research Encyclopedias – With today’s overabundance of information, and misinformation, students and researchers alike can be overwhelmed in identifying what’s trustworthy, what’s up-to-date, and what’s accurate. Oxford University Press has invested in the Oxford Research Encyclopedias to meet this challenge. Working with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, we are developing new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics.
Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.
Transparent Languages helps millions learn over 100 foreign languages. Download free language-learning software and start learning a language now.
Very Short Introductions – Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field. Brilliant. Sharp. Inspiring. Now online.