Start Fresh in 2021 with an Assist from Your Library

Saturday, January 2, 2021
We're all glad to have 2020 behind us. How can you make the most of the blank slate that is 2021?

With the beginning of a new year comes the renewed commitment to shake up our usual routines. We tell ourselves we’re going to learn a new skill, take a class or two, strive to get exposed to diverse and different ideas, make healthier choices, take risks in personal and professional lives… an ambitious list of life-changing activities. Luckily, the Library can help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into real results.

Make it a Bookish 2021

No list of Library-provided New Year’s resolutions would be complete without a suggestion to add more books to your life. Looking to connect with other literature lovers? Join a Library book group -- we're meeting virtually, and we've even got a new online club for you to try! Mix up your reading habits by seeking out authors and voices from different cultures or with viewpoints different from your own. Try out reading formats like eBooks or digital audiobooks. Need ideas to get started? Explore reading recommendations by using the NoveList digital resource, browse reading lists in our catalog, or connect with the Library's reading experts and get a built-just-for-you list courtesy of our Shelf Help service.

Let the Learning Loose

 Thanks to the Library’s digital offerings, you can learn on your own time, at your own pace, and even while at home (familiar territory, we know). Your Library card gives you FREE access to well-known educational and skill-building resources like Khan Academy or Universal Class. Prepare for entrance exams and certification tests by taking practice tests and tutorials through LearningExpress Library. Students can get online homework help with BrainFuse. Learn new skills with free access to thousands of videos. Try out Pronunciator, a digital resource that offers phrase tutorials for over 80 languages. And the Library, in partnership with Literacy Kansas City and the Mid-Continent Public Library, offers Career Online High School, a fully accredited online program for adults who want to earn their high school diplomas.

The streaming video service Kanopy also gives you a way to broaden your mind through high-quality documentaries, instructional films, and other resources. Your library card lets you watch entries from The Great Courses, view film resources on topics including teacher education development or K-12 learning,  or enjoy instructional films that cover an array of categories.

C'mon, Get HealthyOnline Fitness Classes

A new year often means committing to a healthier lifestyle. Check out our online health and fitness classes for all levels and abilities. If you’re conducting more in-depth research on medicine and nutrition, we offer a number of digital resources that cover a wide range of topics. Need more guidance? Explore more of our Health & Wellness services. And if you want to raise your healthy cooking game in the coming year, a good way to start is by browsing the collection of healthy cookbooks available in our catalog.

Tune Up Your Tech Skills

Whether you have questions about computer basics or want tips on better ways to use your smartphone or tablet, the Library’s Tech Access program can be a valuable starting point. Need assistance finding resources to get home internet access or technology services? The Library can help. You can even make an appointment to speak with a Tech Coach for a one-on-one session that cover everything from general computer or digital device operations to specific software or programs.

It's Business Time

If this is the year you want to start your long-dreamed-of entrepreneurial venture or simply explore ways to grow your career, the Library is a great place to start. Whether it’s job searching or professional development, getting help writing a business plan, or connecting with other entrepreneurship resources, our Community Reference team can lend a hand. The Library also provides tips on managing your money, banking, budgeting, and building other financial literacy skills through its Money Matters resources. An extensive collection of digital databases is also available to the business-minded.  

Signature Event VideosJoin the Community of the Curious

Stay on top of current events, social issues, history, culture, and other topics by tuning in to the Library's online signature events. Miss a program? Watch them online on our YouTube channel. And children and families can enjoy a regular lineup of our outstanding online youth activities and storytimes.

Continue Supporting Your Library

Our commitment to our patrons in the coming year is to keep providing Kansas City with vital materials, resources, and programs during the ongoing pandemic. We'll continue to explore new, innovative, and safe ways to serve everyone in our community. We’re grateful for the support, and, if you want to help us do even more, we invite you to get involved by making a financial gift or becoming a Friend of the Library.