Need help with your new year’s resolution? Use the library.

Book cover image for Debt-Free Spending PlanBudgeting/saving money

  • Free books (problem with returning books on time, use e- books—no fines, books disappear when due).
  • Free and fast Internet access including Wi-Fi.
  • Free movies and television series on DVDs.
  • Free magazines and newspapers. If a favorite magazine or newspaper is not in a print format at your library, check these online databases: MasterFILE Premier with 1,700 magazines, Newspaper Source with 40 national newspapers, or Newsbank for the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Book cover image of Eating Well, Living BetterDiet/Exercise/Health

  • Check the 641.56 section of the nonfiction shelves for diet books, 641.5 for specialized cookbooks or 616 for health issues.
  • Consumer Health Complete online provides current information from medical books and journals.


  • Use the library collection of current travel books to decide on or research your destination.

Image of Walt Disney World travel bookWills/Estate Planning

  • Legal Forms provides a wide selection of state-specific legal forms including wills, estates, etc.

Clutter reduction

  • Online databases are available at home or at the library and don’t stack up in the “to read” pile.
  • If you borrow items from the library, you don’t have to store them because you return them.
  • Find books to help you deal with clutter in the 648.8 section.

So many resolutions—so little time!

Marie Vallee, Youth Services Coordinator

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