Resources for Your 2018 Resolutions

The start of a new year always feels like a fresh start, and a great time to set new goals for improving ourselves. From fitness to finance, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common resolutions for the new year and free resources you can find at the Arlington Public Library to help you achieve them!

Eat Healthier

Eating healthy is different for everyone; it could be cutting out certain foods, or maybe it just means cooking more meals at home. Whatever healthy means for you, our collection of recipes and nutritional programs has something for everyone.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Eat SMART: Nutrition Tips for Kids 
    The library is partnering with the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department to bring you Eat SMART: Nutrition Tips for Kids! Learn some fun and easy ways to encourage kids to make healthy choices. Children ages 5-12.
  • Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet 
    Sugar can be present in almost everything we buy from stores and restaurants. Learn ways to identify sugar and find healthy, but still delicious alternatives!

Learn a New Skill

Maybe you want to pick up a new hobby, need inspiration, or just want to brush up on the latest technology and become more competitive in your field. Learn 3D printing at your own place, and head over to our Southeast Branch to fabricate your new creation!

Learn a new Language

Expand your brain and your horizons by learning another language. We offer language-learning software for more than 80 different languages. Learn on the go with apps; watch movies; take online classes with a real instructor; and more! This software would get expensive if you bought it out of pocket, but it’s all free with your library card. Try all our options to see which works best for you!

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  • Mango Languages
  • ESL Classes 
    Do you want to learn or improve your English? Arlington Reads can help! Our small group classes are offered at all levels, whether you are just starting to learn the language or wanting to perfect your knowledge. These classes are offered on a semester basis, in the spring, summer, and fall, and are offered in the mornings and evenings.

Make Better Financial Decisions

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Money Basics
    Money is important to all of us and financial literacy improves our success in managing it. Learn how to live within your means, handle emergencies, reduce debt, and save for the future. Join Maribel Gonalez from Transformance to learn how to manage your money at this free program. Spaces limited!
  • Understanding Your Credit
    Increase your financial literacy by attending this free program presented by Maribel Gonzalez from Transformance.  As consumers, credit has an impact on all our lives and knowledge can improve our financial futures. Learn the 3 C’s of Credit and take the mystery out of credit reports and credit scores. Seats are limited.

Give Back to the Community

No matter what you’re best at there is something you can do. So much of our work depends on the generosity of volunteers. You can be part of our story! Apply now and join our volunteers.

  • Books on Wheels
    Books on Wheels Drivers deliver books and other material to senior residences, whether a single family home, assisted living facility or senior living apartment complex.
  • Literacy Tutor
    We are looking for students, professionals, and residents in the Arlington area to lead tutoring sessions, conversation circles, homework help for 1st-3rd grade and support adults enrolled in our literacy programs.
  • Cyber Coach
    Teach computer classes using the library’s technology centers and curriculum. These volunteers lead the class, answer questions, demonstrate techniques and skills, and facilitate questions to make sure everyone in class learns the content.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you have a different resolution for 2018? That’s great, too! Make sure to check our calendarcatalog, and online resources to see how we can help.