Electrify Your Winter

The end of January is close, so it is the perfect time to revisit your resolutions and goals for the year. Honest, thoughtful reflection is a great way to celebrate what worked and adjust what didn't. Use our Spark Sheet to stay accountable and tweak your plans if necessary. Onward and upward!

Research has established a strong link between gratitude and greater, personal happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state can grow stronger with use and practice.

We know that opportunities to feel and express gratitude are an important part of living your best life in 2019. This is why our Spark Your Year Workbook includes a Gratitude Tracker Spark Sheet to help you cultivate gratitude on a regular basis. Print this sheet often and use it to reflect on the good in your life. 

Research shows that one of the fastest ways to improve your own mood is to do something nice for another. Not only does being kind make you feel good, it benefits others. That is why we have created a special Spark Sheet to help you help others. Use this Acts of Kindness Tracker to plan and create happiness in your community. 

 

Every amazing year includes amazing books, movies, games & music. That is why we created two special Spark Sheets to help you meet your reading, viewing and listening goals. Use these sheets to make lists and track progress. Plan to reread old favorites or stretch into unchartered territory. Make a list of all the movies you have been meaning to watch and cross them off one by one. Whatever you decide, we have the tools to help you make the most of 2019.

New Year, New Goals

The start of a new year means new reading goals, and CPL's Spark Your Year workbook includes two special Spark Sheets to help you meet those goals. 

If you're like many people, you may want some guidance and encouragement (and book suggestions).  We've collected some of the most popular and engaging reading challenges to help you get started.  Check out the list below to find one that suits you. You can also track your books and set a reading goal on Goodreads

 

Book Riot's 2019  Read Harder Challenge

PopSugar's 2019  Reading Challenge

Bookish's 2019  Reading Challenge

EpicRead's 2019  Reading Challenge

PBS'  Great American Read book list

Penguin Books'  100 Must-Read Classics

Reading  Challenges for Kids

If none of these inspire you, take a look at this big  compilation of 2019 reading challenges

Be sure to check out all the ways you can Spark Your Year

Happy reading!

 

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

 

This winter, let CPL help you dream, create and plan to live your best life. Spark Sheets are a special series of worksheets that will help you make the most of 2020. Designed with all ages in mind, Spark Sheets offer tools for a variety of growth mindset and self improvement tasks like goal setting, tracking and accountability.

Get started by reflecting on the year past and then creating a vision for 2020. Next, design an action plan to make your vision a reality. Establish new habits for mind and body wellness. Track your progress and see small steps add up to big results. Make fun and relaxation a priority by creating lists of books to read, music to listen to and movies to watch. There are dozens of ways you can use Spark Sheets to help make 2020 the best year ever. 

You can download the entire workbook here, but be sure to check back often as we will be highlighting specific worksheets and tools throughout the winter. Each new post will offer fresh ideas and tips as well as information on library materials and programming to help you stay on track and achieve your goals. 

 

 

"We do not learn from experience.

We learn from reflecting on experience."  - John Dewey

Research shows that intentional reflection offers us several benefits: it fosters learning, enables personal and professional growth, inspires healthy change, boosts self-confidence, and improves performance. The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock of the year past, and plan for the year ahead. 

As part of this year's Electrify Your Winter program, the Canton Public Library will be releasing special Spark Sheets -  a set of specially designed worksheets to help you dream, create and plan to live your best life in 2019. 

As 2018 draws to a close, and as a preview of coming attractions, we are offering the first couple of Spark Sheets in the series. These sheets are specifically designed to help you reflect on 2018. Helpful prompts will guide you through what went wrong and what went right. This valuable insight will put you in the best possible position to plan your best 2019. 

Print the sheets as often as you like. Reflect, learn, grow and be sure to check back here for additional ways to Spark Your Year.

 

 

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

 

Reflection and Planning Spark Sheets help us to reflect on 2018 and map out our desired growth for the new year.

5 minutes:

Take 5 minutes to discover a word that sums up your past year. Then, think of a new word for your 2019. Share with a family member why you chose this word and write them in your Spark Your Year. 

30 Minutes:

Take 30 minutes to fill out our Reflection and Planning Spark Sheets (see links below) and share with a friend or family member.  You can illustrate, cut and paste from magazines, or write out your thoughts and feelings on what you loved from last year, and look forward to in the coming one.

2 hours:

Take 2 hours to watch a movie that was voted a top contender in 2018 (See our list below for ideas) or re-watch a movie that you saw in theaters and enjoyed. What movies are you looking forward to in the year to come? 

 

Watch a family film from 2018 (please make sure the content is appropriate for your family before viewing)

 

Looking for even more?

Chapter and picture books best of 2018 

YA best of 2018 

 

 

Electrify Your Winter and jumpstart the New Year with the Canton Public Library. This winter, let CPL help you dream, plan and live your best 2020. We have assembled the best tools, ideas and opportunities to help you enjoy, achieve and stay on track. Can’t get to the library? No problem. Library resources are available 24/7 and our social media will keep you connected to your community. Worried about cabin fever? No problem. The Canton Public Library will meet you where you are with the programs, books and experiences you need to stay inspired and entertained.

Use one of our Spark Sheets to set goals and track your progress. Check out an Experience to Go Kit and let us help you take the first step towards goals like organization or physical fitness. Snuggle up and watch one of the fireside stories on our YouTube channel whenever you want to- whether that be on a snow day or on a day you’re looking for something to entertain the kids with. Tackle a snow day craft with Creativebug. Use Hoopla or Overdrive to check out and use books, movies and music - all from the comfort of home. When you do come visit us, we might just surprise you with hot chocolate, coffee and tea to warm you up before you head back into the Michigan cold.

We will be working hard all winter long to keep the blues at bay and we look forward to sharing the cold months with you.

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