New Year Resolutions at the Library...

News Date: 
16 January 2014

It is that time again: January 1, a new year, the time to make that list of New Year resolutions. If you are of the tribe of NYRMs (New Year Resolution Makers) then maybe we can help. If any of your proposed changes appear on the list below then sign up for the appropriate course and you will be well on your way to success.

1.Get Fit. This one makes it onto most people’s lists, at least for the first month or so. Diamond Valley Fit Club meets once a week on Wednesday nights to workout to a DVD. This free class is open to all. Also, if you find yourself in the more senior age bracket you may prefer the Brain & Body Fitness class on Monday mornings at 9 am with Dana & Bob. Don’t forget the Sheep River Ramblers - our walking groups which have now morphed into snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

2.Eat Better. Our Secret Family Recipe Series continues from January to June with a focus on Crock Pot cooking and salads. Find out how to provide nutritious meals for your family no matter how crazy your evening schedule might be. Jan and Gita will be sharing some of their successful favorites.

3.Improve My Vocabulary.We have a couple of group meetings that can help out with this: Scrabble Dabble on Wednesday Nights @ 6:30pm hosted by our intrepid library manager and Poetry on the Patio/Fireplace (depending on the season) on the last Thursday of the month @ 10:30am. You need not be an expert in either field, just have a love for words and enjoy a lot of laughter.

4.Become More Technologically Savy. If you have finally realized that computers are not a fad that is going to go away anytime soon and that you need to know how they work, how to set up an e mail or how to get on line then we have a few courses to help you out: Computer Basics, Computer Basics Plus, Word 2010 for Beginners and Learn More, Save More. We also have one on one computer tutoring available on Thursday afternoons. The staff are also well equipped to help you if time permits with things like setting up an e mail, formatting documents and using e readers.

5.Learn More About The World.For those of you who would love to travel the world but cannot seem to escape the confines of the Foothills, then come and listen to those who have. We have three travel talks planned on Ireland, Tanzania and Argentina.

6.Take My Child To The Library.We have many activities for your child at the library. Literacy For Life runs a full morning of programs for all pre school aged children on Wednesday mornings. We also have Drop in Stay & Play on Thursday mornings @ 9 :30 followed by Storytime with Karla. We always show a movie on PD Day mornings @ 10:30. Titles will be available one week before.

7.Watch Better Quality Movies. Dogtooth Mountain Film Group continues to screen quality, non-mainstream movies on the 2nd Monday evening of the month. These films are often thought provoking, beautifully crafted and engaging. If you prefer the golden oldies, then we have Classic Movie Matinees on the first Monday of the month  @ 2pm.

8.Read More Books.We have over 22,000 items in out collection so it doesn’t matter what type of books you like to read we more than likely have it. We also resource share with 160 other libraries so if we don’t have it on site we can get it in for you.

9.Read Better Books.If you have had your fill of brain candy: mystery, romance, westerns, fantasy or horror and want to read something more challenging, the staff can point you in the right direction. All of us have some particular areas that are our go to books, and we are happy to share our favorites. We also have the lists of the current nominees for awards at the front desk.

10.Get To Meet An Author. You are in luck! We have Annie MacInnis coming to the library on January 25 @ 7pm to talk about her book Shards of Joy. Annie was the Let’s Chat columnist for the Calgary Herald for many years. Come for an enjoyable evening and pick up a copy of her book.

So, if we can help you out with your New Year Resolution list, you know where to find us! All information on our courses is available on our website:, in the brochure at the circulation desk and in the Foothills Continuing Education Booklet.