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December 20, 2006

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! The start of each New Year typically involves renewed determination to improve our lives as well as the lives of our families. Popular New Year’s Resolutions often involve improvements to health, employment or finances, learning something new or spending more time with our loved ones.

The library’s focus on Information and Lifelong Learning means we are sure to have something that helps you reach your goals, whether it be the latest bestseller, a downloadable audio book, a DVD, or an online product you can access from home to help your kids with the FCAT or homework!

To help you reach your goals this year consider taking Classes or attending Programs at the Library. If you’re aiming for better health consider attending a Program, such as those offered in January on Nutrition, Yoga, Pilates or Vision Screening for Glaucoma Awareness Month. If your goals revolve around finances and employment consider taking Classes on Resume Writing, Writing a Business Letter, Tracking Online Investments or one on any of the Microsoft products such as Excel or PowerPoint. Or if English is your second language, you may want to take an Ellis software class for improving English language skills.

Maybe you want to something new! Consider updating your technology skills. Computer Classes are available at locations throughout the library system. You may want to visit the new Computer Lab and Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Main Library or to take a class at any of the branch locations. Select classes are also available in Spanish and in Haitian-Creole. Some of the class topics offered include Email, Google Earth, Html, Java Script, and Wink. Other classes are offered on Photoshop, Digital Photography, Movie Maker and Buying on EBay.

To spend quality family time and to instill the love of reading in your children consider bringing your children to one of the regular Children’s Programs; Tiny Tales (Birth to 18 months), Toddler Time (18 months to 36 months) or Storybook Fun (3 to 5 years). There are also special Children’s and Family events throughout the year and there is the Annual Summer Reading Program series for School Age Children. Teens are also encouraged to get involved at the Library with a variety of opportunities and programs such as the Animanga Group, Performing Arts Club, Gaming Nights and the annual Battle of the Bands.

For inspiration, you may want to participate in the Big Read Kick Off and Read In or attend Winter in the Garden with Tom MacCubbin. Other programs at the Main Library include Music in the Library, Fridays at Noon and Second Saturday programs sponsored each month by the Friends of the Library. If you would like to look at the list of programs and classes click here .

Along with all of the staff of the Orange County Library System, I wish you a wonderful 2007 filled with Information, Imagination and Inspiration!

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director and CEO

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