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Happy New Year

Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1 (New Year’s Day).

We may find more reason than ever to look forward to a new year in 2021. While you may be setting new goals for personal development, health or fitness, work/life balance, or relationships, the Library has resources and programs to help you explore and learn all year long.

Focus on the family with programs like “Collaborative Problem Solving for Families with Erin Forbes” on January 9. Erin Forbes, LISW, brings her training in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to caregivers offering tools for dealing with conflict with children and emerging adults.

Travel safely in our Get Lost in Iowa series and take a virtual tour of the state. Discover bespoke places throughout Iowa including abandoned towns, rest stops, and historic Little “Red” School Houses.

Take the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge and read 300 minutes before the end of January. This collaborative reading challenge is for all ages and designed to keep you reading – no matter whether that’s a traditional print book, audiobook, graphic novel, or ebook.

And push yourself to new places by joining the Read Woke movement. Sign up for the Read Woke Challenge, participate in one of our regular weekly programs, and read new titles by underrepresented voices. In order to be Woke a book must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Challenge a social norm
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • Seek to challenge the status quo
  • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group

Explore the world and challenge yourself in new ways in 2021. Your library is here to help.

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