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Library Link: Happy New Year from APL

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to make some resolutions for the upcoming year. Well, at least for the part of the world that follows the Gregorian calendar.

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to make some resolutions for the year at hand. (At least for the part of the world that follows the Gregorian calendar).

At the Airdrie Public Library (APL), we’re not opposed to making such resolutions. In fact, we’ve made a few of our own. On the Missions and Values page at airdriepubliclibrary.ca, you’ll see one of APL's core resolutions is to be “an Inclusive landmark destination that engages the mind, strengthens community and enhances quality of life.” Yes, it’s not quite like promising to start washing your hands after using the bathroom or to only eat white snow, but the sentiment is clear; we all want to be the best we can be.

New Year’s resolutions are the result of an inward examination, which is hopefully expressed through an outward effort at whatever change is desired.

APL can provide excellent support for your newly decided goals through free access to helpful materials, and suggests a few literacy-based resolutions for 2021.

Maybe you want to improve on your technology skills; your library offers books and articles written by experts who know how to explain this ever-changing digital world. Perhaps you’ve resolved to change careers this year; your library can help with that, too. We have virtual programs offered by local employment agencies, as well as reams of online resources for resume writing and job searches.

Most of all, though, your library can provide encouragement to help you keep that resolution. Connecting with your library means you’ll connect with librarians who know how to help you find what you need and, along the way, you may even connect with others who are on the same journey, which invites positivity and insight.

Libraries, like people, are not perfect, but they can help you achieve your resolution, whatever it might be.

From all of us at APL, we wish you a happy New Year.