With the holiday season coming to a close, many people are now looking towards resolutions for the New Year.  If you’re one of those many people, the library system is ready to assist with a wide variety of materials that can help you form new habits.
Studies show that it can take anywhere from 18 to 264 days to form a new habit and that it takes an average of 66 days for that new behavior to become automatic.  There are plenty of books out there to encourage new habits.  In one of them, “Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything”, BJ Fogg, PhD shows that by starting small, a person can achieve a happier and healthy life.  James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results” shares practical strategies in forming good habits and breaking bad ones.  There are many other books with everyday approaches available in the library’s collection.
If one of your goals is to eat healthier, you’re not alone!  There are plenty of cookbooks available throughout the system on the variety of diets that are out there – Keto, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Refined-Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Low Carb – the list goes on and on.  Some of the recent additions to the library system are: “The How Not to Diet Cookbook” by Michael Greger, “Healthy One Pan Dinners: 100 Easy Recipes for Your Sheet Pan, Skillet, Multicooker, and More” by Dana Angelo White, and “How to be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices that are Good for You, Others, and the Planet” by Sophie Egan.
If you’re looking to add exercise to your daily or weekly routine, we not only have a variety of books, but also DVDs available.  Some of our DVDs are: “30 Minutes to Fitness: Strong and Lean”, “Tai Chi Fit Over 60: Gentle Exercises for Beginners”, “Relieving Stress with Yoga”, and “Walk it Off in 30 Days”.  If you’d rather read about how exercise is good for you, check out “Exercise is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging” or “Chair Yoga: Sit Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You”.
If you want to peruse any of these topics without leaving the comfort of your home, check out our collection in the cloudLibrary.  We’ve recently updated our Featured Shelves and included shelves on these three topics: Healthy Habits, Exercising, and Healthy Cooking.
If one of your resolutions is to learn something new, why not try out Mango Languages?  Your Adams County Library Card gives you access to over 90 languages.  Learn at your own pace while studying French, Spanish, or Tagalog.  Learn an Endangered or Indigenous Language like Cherokee or Potawatomi.  Want to have a little fun with your language learning?  Check out Mango’s specialty courses on Oktoberfest German, St. Patrick’s Day Irish, or Russian Superstition.  
There are plenty of resources at branches of the Adams County Library System for you to explore.  Check out our webpage at www.adamslibrary.org to search the catalog or one of the many databases that we have to assist you.

Submitted by Sara Edmiston, Community Relations Librarian