Setting your New Year’s resolutions? Here’re some suggestions from the LME Library that can make 2013 great!
- Resolve to get more fit. Our 5th season of LME Library’s Biggest Loser starts January 9th. This 8 week program can help you get a kick start on your fitness goals. Did you know the library has a great selection of workout DVDs and offers yoga, Zumba, and hooping classes? Our yoga group meets on Mondays and Fridays at 9am. Zumba is a workout class for adults featuring Latin music and dance for a great cardio workout while hooping works your core, hips and thighs. Zumba is on Tuesday evenings at 6:15pm and hooping is on Thursdays at 6pm. No preregistration is required and participation is free. Come to the staff entrance on Walnut Street (near Harvey Stahl Plumbing) for classes that take place after the library is closed. Don’t forget the cookbooks! The LME Library also has variety of cookbooks for those looking for healthy recipes.
- Resolve to declutter your home. Are you looking for a place to bring your used books, DVDs, or ink cartridges? Donate them to the LME Library! Items not added to the library collection go to the Friends of the Library for their booksale. Over the years, the Friends have supported the library by donated materials, equipment, furniture, and funds for children’s programs. The Friends are also collecting empty inkjet cartridges for recycling. Cartridges can be deposited in our collection bin at the library.
- Resolve to stop paying overdue library fines. You can when your books are never overdue. Sign up for Shoutbomb text notifications or email alerts, and you will always know when your loan period is up. Then you can renew your books online, by text message, in person, or by phone. Don’t forget that you can return all items in the drop box outside the library even if the library is closed. You can also use our e-book service (http://alliance.lib.overdrive.com) and the e-book will expire when the loan period has ended.
- Resolve to save money. Your LME Library has many services. We are the only Wi-Fi hotspot in Princeville offering free wireless access. If you don’t have a computer or Wi-Fi device, we have 9 public access computers for use. Want to read a book by your favorite author? You can borrow it from our library or one of the 180+ libraries in our region. We have audios, magazines, and DVDS as well as e-books. Last year over 46,000 items circulated from the LME Library. Our databases include full-text magazines articles from nearly 3,000 publications, newspaper articles from Peoria & around the US, e-books & audio books, kids interactive books, genealogical research sources, and fiction read-a-like lists. We offer a variety of children & adult programming—last year over 6,300 participants attended one or more of our 550 programs.
- Resolve to read more. Reading is an active mental process – by reading, you think more and become smarter. It is a fundamental skill builder–books provide information that goes deeper than just classroom discussion. It improves your vocabulary –while reading books, especially challenging ones, you will find yourself exposed to words you wouldn’t be otherwise. Reading gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places –books can expand your horizons by letting you see what other places have to offer before you visit them. Reading has many benefits–in addition to improving your focus and concentration, reading is entertaining and fun!