Growing up, I didn’t realize how much I love helping others. I had always worked in libraries and when my education took me out of that sector, it just felt wrong. When I returned, I began to realize that I am drawn to libraries not for the reading, not for the research, but because it lets me help people. Even better, actually, is that it lets me help people to help themselves.
Despite everything that’s occurred since the beginning of the new century, I am still a diehard believer in the American Dream. Seeing the things that happen in a library is a big reason why. From finding jobs researched and applied for with help from a librarian to getting essential health information needed to talk to a doctor, community members will always be able to improve their own lives at the library.This year, we continue our work “transforming lives through the power of information.” Here are just a few opportunities that will help you help yourselves:
· Renew Your Health Goals-The library’s new healthy literacy series, Simple Steps to Better Health, through the OK Dept. of Libraries runs Feb. through June. Our partners, Payne County Health Department and Payne County OSU Extension, will be teaching classes on health topics and healthy cooking. Our sponsors, Stillwater Medical Center, Payne County TSET, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Health Care Authority, Food Pyramid, Knight Medical Supply, Magic Touch Massage Therapy and Crepe Myrtle Asian Market, are providing incentives and chances for prizes to help motivate you to complete the simple steps that will you be healthier. Registration begins Jan. 3.
· Secure Your Identity-If you have a bored houseful of guests during the Christmas break, then put them to work sorting and gathering your shreddable paperwork for the library’s annual shredding event by Shred-Away on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9-11 a.m. The event is free, but we gladly accept donations to defray the cost. For more information on which items you should shred to keep your household and identity safer, visit the links on our webpage at http://library.stillwater.org/annual_shredding_event.php.
· Expand Your Skills-The library staff starts its next semester of one on one computer tutoring in Jan. Emily and Amanda take hour long appointments to provide individual instruction on most all computer topics, including beginning use, iPhone and Android use, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other Microsoft products, internet searching, email use, Facebook and much more. Appointments are generally held on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings, but they are very open to adjusting their schedule to meet your needs. Sessions can be made by calling 405-372-3633 x8106 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Read More-More and more studies are showing the health, emotional and cognitive wellbeing that reading provides. Need help reading more? Join one of the library’s Winter Reading programs and read to earn incentives and chances into prize drawings. Adults are reading for a chance to win a $100 giftcard from the 1907 Meat Co., an Ancestry DNA test and many other great prizes. Visit our webpage at http://library.stillwater.org/index.php to get started.
For more help transforming your life, visit the library!