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The Crook County Library offers a variety of materials for the goals you have set as we start the new year

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - April WitteveenHappy New Year and ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! from the Crook County Library! Creating resolutions or goals for change can feel daunting as we continue to ride the ebbs and flows of a global pandemic. Regardless, I always appreciate the flip of the annual calendar to reflect on areas for growth and think about dreams I have for the future.

The library is your one-stop shop for learning something new in 2022! If you have financial goals, we have titles on saving, DIY investing and debt solutions. Are you dreaming of becoming your own boss and setting up a small business in 2022? The library's law collection has titles from the legal publisher NOLO to help guide you in writing a business plan and finding financing.

Are your postponed travel plans looking more like reality this year? Come find a guidebook for your ideal destination. If you are looking to explore no further than your own kitchen, our cookbook collection is a favorite browsing area of mine. Did you get a new pressure cooker? We've got books on the ins and outs of using your InstantPot. Maybe you want to branch out into new cuisines or learn more about cooking with local foods to make the most of your new pandemic gardening and bread-baking hobbies. In addition to our print collection, library patrons can access a wide variety of international cooking magazines via our eBook app, Libby.

Speaking of eBooks, 2022 can be the year where you learn how to use Libby on your mobile device. If you're feeling stuck, set up an appointment with us and we'll give you all the information you need to get started. If you haven't set up your Hoopla Digital account yet, it's another great way to leverage the power of your library card to access streaming and downloadable content.

We've gotten great feedback from library patrons about the fun and educational activities we've delivered via our Take and Make activity kits. Our librarians are now transitioning away from these programs-in-a-bag, and we will be returning to in-person programs in mid-January. Now you'll be able to come and learn something new with your friends and family, and we can't wait to welcome you. View a complete calendar on the library's website and find upcoming author events, story times, and teen programs - we've got something for everyone in the family!

Here's a fun reading challenge for 2022 - find a new author or take a new genre for a spin. Never read a romance? Now's the time! Not a regular nonfiction reader? Narrative nonfiction is booming in the publishing world and there's something for every interest. Need some help broadening your reading horizons? Keep an eye out for "shelf-talkers," little notes library staff scatter through the stacks with personalized recommendations. The library also has a "Learn Something New in 2022" display through the month of January. So, bring us your curiosity, your goals and your dreams, and we'll find you the materials you need!


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