Sunday, December 28, 2014

Resources to Help With Your New Year's Resolutions

We all know that New Year's resolutions are well-intentioned, yet are easy to break. Your resolutions will be easier to stick with if you tell others about them, or write them down. If you can make it through January, your chances of success lasting throughout the year are much better. Somers Library has a wealth of resources to help you get started with your New Year's resolutions.

Trying to lose weight? Books on on weight loss plans are located in 613.25. Need a great exercise DVD to complement your weight loss plan? The library has a considerable collection...look for 613.7 in the DVDs.
How about getting out those knitting needles, or learn how to sew? There are all kinds of craft books in the 745.5 area. You will find books on quilting, decoupage, candle making, soap making, embroidery, crochet, wood carving, scrapbooking, origami, polymer clay crafts, painting and photography, just to name a few.

If you want to get organized or adopt a simpler lifestyle to have time to do more meaningful things, check out the 648.8 section. In this area you will find a wealth of books on organizing, and tips to help you take charge of your life.
Perhaps you would like to cook at home more, and eat out less. The library has a wealth of cookbooks to help you become inspired to learn new recipes in the 641 section. Are you itching to try some new desserts? Tips on baking can be found in 641.518. Books that teach you how to can or preserve are located in 641.42. How about learning how to prepare French dishes? Look for books on French cookery in the 641.5944 area.

One of the library’s largest collections is of self-help books, located in the 158.1 area. You will find information on how to deal with abusive relationships, overcoming the need to be perfect, living in the present, discovering your purpose in life and changing things for the better, and mastering the art of manifesting your wishes. 

Take advantage of all the library has to offer you in addition to books and movies -- free lectures, concerts, educational programs, films, and story-times. You can find a calendar of events by clicking here. While you are at it, check out our Pinterest boards by clicking here. Each board covers a specific theme or genre and showcases a variety of books on that topic.
We wish you all a very Happy New Year, and may your resolutions be realized in 2015!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Big Fat Books Worth the Effort

So many books, so little time. With longer winter evening hours, there is more time for reading, so now is a great time to catch up on some of the bigger books you have always wanted to read! The following list features fiction titles about books that seem intimidating in their length, but are so very worth the time it takes to read..

Anna Karinina by Leo Tolstoy 
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel 
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles by Margaret George 
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough 
And Ladies of the Club by Helen Santmyer 
Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund 
Coming Home by Rosamind Pilcher 
Somerset by Leila Meacham 
Hawaii by James Michener 
Penguin Book of Irish Fiction by Colm Toibin 
Drood by Dan Simmons 
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell 
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 
Vanity Fair by William Thackery 
Game of Thrones by George Martin 
Name of the Rose by Eco Umberto 
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb 
Winds of War by Herman Wouk 
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
London by Edward Rutherfurd 
Sophies Choice by William Styron
Underworld by Don DeLillo

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