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.

New Year, New things going on at Library

New Year, New things going on at Library

With the New Year comes many new things going on in the library.  Starting Tuesday, January 20th the library will start afterschool programming for kids from 4pm-5pm, Monday through Thursday.  Activities will include computer programming, video production, audio recording, creating comics and a variety of other crafts and hands-on learning opportunities. These activities will take place in what we are now calling The Learning Center and is accessible via a walkway from the main part of the library. The Learning Center will also be developing computer classes for adults during the day and providing meeting space when not being used for classes or afterschool programming.

The library has a long history of community participation through the Friends of the Library group which was fairly active up until about ten years ago. Back in September of 2014 we started making plans to get that group going again and thanks to the help of a couple of local volunteers we will be hosting our first Friends Meeting on Thursday, January 22nd at 6:30pm in the library. This first meeting will be a formative meeting to talk about what the Friends group hopes to achieve, election of officers, and other topics of interest. Consider putting this on your calendar if you would like to become more involved in volunteer activities at the library.

Thanks to a grant from the Cooper-Clark Foundation, the library is excited to announce that we are in the beginning stages of installing a digital microfilm station in our genealogy section located in the lower level of the library. The beauty of this machine will be allowing genealogists to search our historical newspapers stored on microfilm with greater efficiency and accuracy. The digital microfilm station will allow users to email documents and to store information on a personal data stick or portable storage. Software included in the microfilm station will also assist users in searching for information without having to read each page in its entirety. We have a librarian on staff who is an expert on these genealogy resources so please stop in and talk to us about getting started with your family tree or family history.

The last thing I want to talk about today is not a new service or new device, but the library itself and our service to the community. As we all know, things got pretty cold in town the past few weeks. The library is a great place for those people who want a nice warm place to warm up. We offer some comfy furniture and we also check out laptops and have plenty of Wi-Fi to help you pass the time. We even have a book or two that you can check out.

If you have any questions about library services or programs, please stop by the library, check us out online at, or give us a call at 620-626-0180.