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COLUMN: Library Focus - Put your resolutions into action

— Happy Belated New Year! Apparently my mind went on vacation before I did so there was no column last week. Nevertheless, we’ve survived the Mayans, end of year parties and the fiscal cliff and now it’s time to get back to everyday business. Year in and year out your library is here to help with everything from tax forms and language courses to recent fiction and films. Resolve to visit us more often and we’ll help you put your resolutions into action.

Learn something new

Learn how to make the most of technology with the help of our hands on courses. This month’s classes (held at 1:30 p.m.) are as follows: Jan. 9, Get To Know Your Tablet; Jan. 16, ereaders and eBooks; Jan. 23, email Basics; and Jan. 30, Finding Answers on the Web. Seating is limited, registration is required; sign up on our online calendar or call the library to register.

Spend more time on friends and family

Our genealogy classes have gotten so popular we are offering two classes this month. First up is Your Family Tree: New Year Resolutions, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 for current followers. The following week at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Louise will offer a special session for beginners.

Master your machines

Drop in to the computer lab from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays and librarians will help you with your laptop, mobile device, ereaders or tablet computer. No registration necessary.

Read more

Catch up on classics, learn to place holds from home, investigate eBooks and share the reading experience with our reading groups. At 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, the mystery readers kick off the new year with a discussion of “One Was a Soldier,” by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Books for Breakfast discusses “Defending Jacob,” by William Landay at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15; and rounding out the menu, the Last Thursday book club meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, to discuss “Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. All of our groups welcome new members.

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