It's the New Year and the right time to press the reset button. But New Year's resolutions have a way of losing their staying power over time. Try focusing instead on making achievable goals like choosing healthier food options or adding more physical fitness to your weekly routines. The library can help spark your goals with these new additions to the health collection or check out one of our Experience to Go kits like Small Steps--Get Healthy! 

For generations, women have been convinced that true happiness only comes when we hit that goal weight, shrink ourselves down, and change ourselves to fit a rigid and unrealistic beauty ideal. We've been taught to see our bodies as collections of problems that need to be fixed. Instagram star Megan Jayne Crabbe is determined to spread the word that loving the body you have is the real path to happiness. An international body positive guru with fans in all corners of the world, Megan spent years battling eating disorders and weight fluctuations before she found her way to body positivity. She quit dieting, discovered a new kind of confidence, and replaced all those old feelings of body shame and self-recrimination with everyday joy. Free of the pressure to fit in a size 2, her life became more satisfying than ever before. In her debut book, Megan shares her own struggles with self-acceptance and her path to body positivity. With whip-smart wit and a bold attitude that lights up her Instagram feed, Megan champions a new worldview for all of us: It's time to stop dieting and get on with your life.

Reboot Your Health starts with a comprehensive and bespoke health assessment. From inexpensive and simple tests you can do yourself (sleep, saliva/urine pH, bowel habits, blood pressure, candida etc.) and tests you can ask your doctor or pharmacist for (thyroid, cholesterol, vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, inflammatory markers etc.) readers will start to benchmark their own body against a range of "normal" - including heart rate, BMI and metabolic rate. Solutions can then be pick-and-mixed from a range of conventional medical solutions, scientifically backed Western complementary and alternative approaches, Eastern medical techniques, and psychological therapies and healing modalities. If you're still not well, further chapters offer advice on other options to pursue, including specialist tests. This book gives you the tools to listen to your body, collect information, take practical steps to get you feeling better and more in touch with your own body, and avoid future illness.

All of these picture books have the growth mindset theme within. Enjoy these books together if you have time to read with your family. 

Not a box by Antoinette Portis

Bilingual Storytime is a great way to get an introduction to a new langauge. In our Italian/English Storytime we focused on learning about family--Mi Famiglia.  Enjoy!

Stories from Storytime

A vision is a picture of what success will look like sometime in the future. What does a successful 2019 look like for you? Where do you want to be? What do you want to be, to do, to have? Where did you travel? What did you learn? What did you accomplish? Use the Spark Sheet to write it down or draw it in pictures. Get as specific as you can. Include as many details as possible. 

Clearly and defining where you are headed and what it will look like when you get there is the first step in creating an action plan to make your vision a reality. With clear intentions to focus on, you will be ready for the next step - your plan to make it happen, and we have created a Spark Sheet just for that as well.

This planning will have you on your way to the best year ever. Be sure to check back often for more ways to Spark Your Year

 

January 1, 1660. Samuel Pepys began writing his famous diary in which he chronicled life in London  - including the Great Plague during 1664 and 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666.

January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, freeing the slaves in the states rebelling against the Union.

January 1, 1892. Ellis Island was opened in New York Harbor. Over 20 million immigrants were processed there until it closed in 1954.

Here is a look back at the family movies from 2018.

These books were voted the best kids books by our staff. See how many of them you have read or want to read in the future. 

Baby Monkey, private eye by illustrator Brian Selznick
The rabbit listened by illustrator Cori Doerrfeld

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