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Milford’s Wadleigh Memorial Library can help with your New Year’s resolutions

Thursday, December 26, 2013

By Michelle R. Sampson

Special to the Cabinet

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions.

As I chronicled in my very first article, each year I always make the same, solitary promise to myself: To see all of the films nominated in the Best Picture category for the Academy Awards. And each year, I fail miserably.

For 2014, to avoid the near certain specter of disappointment, I’ve decided to try something new: make a different resolution. I know, right? There are only so many years of resolution failure I can take. But what to choose?

Thankfully, the library can recommend plenty of resources to help ensure success in many of the more popular resolutions made each year.

Perhaps the most prevalent made in any given year is to get in shape. How many of us have sworn up, down and sideways to finally lose that 10 (OK … 25 … but who’s counting?) pounds once and for all, only to throw in the towel by week three? Motivation can be difficult – especially during the dark and cold months of winter or if an exercise routine becomes boring.

On top of that, not everyone can afford – or enjoys working out in – a gym. Lucky for you, the Wadleigh has a great selection of exercise DVDs with even more on order. Many fitness experts espouse the virtues of varying workouts not only to avoid monotony and injury but to challenge your body.

Curious about bellydancing? Never tried Zumba? Perhaps you’re a big fan of the “Biggest Loser”? Or a yoga enthusiast waiting to be born? We have all this and more in our exercise DVD collection.

In addition, we have a large array of books on strength training, yoga and general fitness; books on every diet that’s come down the pike in the past decade, (Paleo, Eat Clean, Aztec, Atkins, Dukan, Volumetrics, The Zone, South Beach…) as well as more cookbooks than you can shake a spatula at.

We also have subscriptions to a number of magazines to help you on your journey to better health and fitness. Titles include “Weight Watchers,” “Cooking Light,” “Health,” “Self,” “Natural Health,” “Eating Well,” “Prevention,” “Runner’s World,” and “Yoga.”

While the most current issues can only be used in the library, all previous issues are able to be checked out just like a book.

If you’re like me and have a pile of magazines you’ve been meaning to get to, you can kill a few resolutions with one stone by doing away with your subscriptions and saving some money while getting rid of a pile of stuff.

Speaking of piles, getting organized is yet another popular resolution many of us make each year. The library has some great books to help the task feel not so overwhelming: “Clutter Busting Your Life” by Brooks Palmer, “Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life” by Julie Morgenstern, “Organize for a Fresh Start” by Susan West, “The Simple Living Handbook” by Lorilee Lippincott or any of Peter Walsh’s books on organizing and decluttering will have you whipping your space(s) into a shrine of simplicity in no time flat.

Once your home is a paragon of order, perhaps you’ll be ready to take on another frequently made resolution: learning something new. Whatever it may be, your library is here to help make it happen.

If this is the year you finally learn to knit, check out our Knit 1, Crochet 2 group that meets on a regular basis at the library. Crafters of all abilities – yes, even newbies! – are encouraged to attend. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Maybe instead you want to brush off that high school Spanish. Or perhaps you have a strange desire to learn Zulu. Hey, it happens. We’re a
judgment-free zone here at your library.

Visit www.wadleigh
, click on “Research” and then “Language Learning.” Sign up for an account (you mark your place and keep track of your progress via your login) and then you’ll be prompted to take a guided tour of the database.

Our language learning software, Transparent Language, is not only a Nashua-based company, it’s also the very same software used by the Defense Department’s Language Institute to get military men and women up to speed in any given language as quickly and effectively as possible. And you get to use it for free! How cool is that?

It truly is an amazing product that integrates social media, mobile apps, video and audio for a comprehensive approach to more than 80 – that’s right 80 – different languages including English for Speakers of other Languages.

This is just a taste of what we have to offer.

If you can’t find something you’re interested in, please let us know. We take requests!

Now, about those resolutions…

Michelle R. Sampson is the director of Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford.

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