New Year’s Resolutions

Now that Christmas is over and the wrapping paper is cleared away, it’s time to start thinking about all those things you promised yourself you’d change once the New Year began. ‘Tis the season for self-improvement and we’re here to help.

Universal Class banner_585x225Universal Class

If one of your resolutions is to expand your knowledge or learn a new skill, then Universal Class may be just what you need. Universal Class is now available for free to all Kansas residents courtesy of the Kansas State Library and offers hundreds of online classes covering all kinds of subjects.
Here are a few of the subjects covered:

• Accounting  • Computer Training  • Business  • Health & Medicine
• History  • How to/Do it yourself  • Pet and Animal Care

Have you ever wanted to take a creative writing class? Or maybe learn how to read Tarot cards? Dog Psychology 101 might help you understand your dog’s odd behavior. Face Painting 101 could help you entertain the kids at the next birthday party.

If you’re thinking about opening your own business, one of the entrepreneurship classes might help, maybe Assertiveness Training or Business Credit 101.

They even have a Weight Loss Management class for those of us with that ever popular New Year’s Resolution.

There is something to interest just about everyone and it’s free! Kansas residents can access these online classes by going to and clicking on Universal Class. Once there you can register and create a username and password. After you’ve registered and confirmed your email address, you can enroll in up to six classes at a time. They are self-paced online classes that include video lessons, assignments and exams.

Mango_colorMango Languages

If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, but never got around to it, Mango Languages could be just what you need. It is also available for free to all Kansas residents courtesy of the Kansas State Library.

They offer courses for 71 languages such as:

• Spanish • English • Chinese • French • Russian • Italian

They also have specialty courses such as

  • Spanish for Librarians (a favorite in many libraries)
  • Shakespearean English
  • Russian Slang
  • Wine and Cheese (French)
  • Feng Shui (Chinese)
  • Flamenco Dancing (Spanish – Spain)

To get started go to and click on Mango Languages. You can sign up or just access as a guest. If you do create an account, it will keep track of your progress and save your place within courses.

There is also a mobile version of Mango Languages available, just check your device’s app store.


Don’t forget to come in to the library and check out our New Year’s Resolutions book display. Here are a few examples of what’s on display.

Yes you canYes, You Can!: Home Repairs Made Easy
by Amy Wynn Pastor

Book Description
America’s favorite carpenter from ‘Trading Spaces’ uses her years of experience to write the most thorough guide to everyday home repairs.
• Demystifies repair techniques by providing information other books leave out.
• Shows how to install a dimmer switch, fix leaky taps, clean gutters, replace doorknobs, repair broken windows and more.

10 happier10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story
by Dan Harris

Book Description
After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes…It’s a far cry from the miracle cures peddled by the self-help swamis he met; instead, it’s something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation.
After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness.

danielplanThe Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life
by Rick Warren and Dr. Daniel Amen

Book Description
The Daniel Plan…is far more than a diet plan. It is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people are encouraged to get healthier together by optimizing the key five essential of faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.

Library eResources and Coming Events

basic eslThe library has recently added a few links to the eResources menu on our webpage.

Basic ESL

Practice your basic English as a second language skills for free by following the Basic ESL link on our website. It includes help with learning English from twenty different languages, including Spanish, Somali, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Mango Languages


For those of us who are trying to learn a second language, if you follow the Foreign Language Learning link on the library’s website, you will find Mango Languages. Mango is an excellent resource for learning over sixty different languages and is made available to Kansans by the State Library of Kansas.

For both websites, you can use the site as a guest or you can create a login and password to keep track of your progress.

Driving Test Help

If you’re studying to take your driving test and want to practice taking the written test, you can follow the link on our webpage for Driving Test Help. The link, will take you to free 2015 Kansas DMV permit practice tests, including car practice tests, motorcycle practice tests, CDL practice tests, online handbooks, and a frequently asked question section.

Coming Events this week

Summer Reading will come to an end in the first week of July, so come in and enjoy it while it lasts.

Recipe swap – Monday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s recipe swap will be all about picnic foods. So join us and share your favorite recipe with others who share your passion for cooking.

Healthy fun night – Tuesday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, Leslie Bissell from the Southwest Guidance Center will come talk to us about Stress Management. This will be second half of our Healthy fun program for adults, a chance to come learn about health and healthy living.

Self-defense for kids – Wednesday, July 1st at 2:00 p.m.

Learn how to get out of a scary situation.  Join the Liberal Police Department with this program on self-defense. This program is open to all and is for kids ages 8 and over.

Adult summer reading wrap up party – Thursday, July 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

Adults bring in your Summer Reading passport and get a chance to win the $100 Amazon Gift Card.

Summer Reading Movies – Friday, July 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

We will have the last of our Summer Reading movies on Friday at 2:00. It’s fun and free.  Popcorn and lemonade will be served, so bring your friends because the more the merrier. All movies are rated G or PG.

Saturday, July 4th

The Library will be closed Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day.