Resolving to read more in 2017? The library is your secret weapon.

When the clock struck midnight on December 31st, people around the world undoubtedly made resolutions of all kinds. All around the internet you’ll find articles and lists of ways to help you keep your promise to get healthy, de-clutter your home or improve your life in one way or another. If you’re resolving to read more in 2017, we’ve got your secret weapons: the library and OverDrive.

For people who have decided to start reading more it can be difficult to know where to begin. That’s where librarians come in. Reaching out to your library is a great way to get a book recommendation. Librarians can offer you suggestions based on books you’ve read in the past, television shows or movies you like or activities you’re interested in.  Not sure how to get started?  Simply stop in and ask one of our friendly staff!

Join a club!
Often times, people stop reading because it can be a very isolating activity. While we love the ability to lose ourselves in a new book, enjoying the experience with others is a great way to stay motivated to keep diving into books. This is why book clubs are so popular. They let you share your thoughts on a book with others who have read it as well (Not to mention that snacks and wine are often involved). Libraries frequently set up book clubs both at their physical locations and digitally by utilizing their OverDrive collection. OverDrive holds our own, worldwide eBook club several times a year called the Big Library Read that lets you be a part of a global reading community.  Want to join or start a book club?  Kilgore Memorial Library has a list of resources for you to use on their website.

Variety is the spice of life
When people ask me what kinds of books I read I reply, “good ones”. I used to stick to specific genres but I found myself getting in a rut because the books could blend together. Now, I try to switch up genres with every book I read. It keeps my brain from being able to guess what will happen with the plot and I am constantly discovering different kinds of characters. The library’s OverDrive site makes this easy to do as finding new genres is as simple as searching for “historical fiction” or “Mystery”.  Our online catalog also offers links to ‘similar authors’ to help you find new authors who write in a similar style to your favorite author.

Read on the Go
Another reason people tend to let their resolution to read more slip is because they, “don’t have time to read.” Digital audiobooks remove that excuse as you can access your favorite books with nothing more than your phone and a pair of headphones. In fact, you can use audiobooks to hit two resolutions. Listening to a great audiobook is a great way to power through those arduous runs or workouts on your path to a healthier life. I also use audiobooks to pass the time while sitting in traffic or when I’m doing chores. Thanks to digital audiobooks from the library, I can be reading even when I don’t have time to sit down with a book.

It’s no secret that most people abandon their resolutions after a few weeks or months but thanks the library, you can spend all year reading and listening to books no matter how busy you are. With so many wonderful books coming out this year, there has never been a better time to #ResolveToRead.

Resolving to read more in 2017? was first posted to OverDrive Blogs by Adam Sockel on January 5, 2017, under Library.  Edited for this post by Deb Robertson on January 5, 2017.

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York Uncorked

wine glass 2Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet?  If not allow me share an idea with you.  The Friends of Kilgore Memorial Library have partnered with Tom Mason, from Kirk’s Korner, to create a new fundraiser.  The first annual “York Uncorked” will be held at the library from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.  This is an after-hours event for adults only.  Many library friends member’s will be sharing decadent chocolates along with other snacks while distributors from Kirk’s Korner will be offering a fine wine collection as well as whiskey, vodka and
scotch for tasting.

Tickets for this fundraiser are $15 before the event and $20 at the door.  Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass etched with the York Uncorked logo designed by our own Irene Duncan.   All proceeds will be used by the Friends group to support library collections and a variety of programs.  The doors will open at 5:30 for those who would like to stop by before going to other events.  For those who prefer to go out for dinner and finish their evening with friends at the library we will be celebrating until 8:00.  Tickets are available at Kirk’s Korner and the Library for payments by cash or check.  Credit or debit card sales are available at the Chamber Office.

Please consider attending this wonderful event to support the Friend’s of Kilgore Memorial Library and all they do for our library.

Calling all library enthusiasts!

If you are reading this posting, may I make the assumption that you are at the very least interested in the activities of Kilgore Memorial Library?  Since this blog has less than a dozen subscribers, more than likely you are a supporter of the library who is not only interested in our news but also what you might be able to do for us.  With these assumptions in place, I am hoping that you might be willing to help with feedback on the impact our services have on your life.

Here are some specific ways you can help:

Every year the Nebraska Library Association hosts a Library Advocacy Day in Lincoln.  This event is held to connect Nebraska libraries with lawmakers and to recognize volunteers on a statewide level.  As the 2015 event is being planned, a request has been sent to us for help.  The request is for testimonials “to tie the statistics from last year’s public library survey into photos and quotes from actual library users to more personalize the experience”.  If there are services provided by Kilgore Memorial Library that have helped you in a way that you would be willing to share, we would like to hear from you.

Locally, the County Commissioners and York City Council are interested in hearing how citizens lives are impacted by the services we provide.  The Library’s Citizen’s Advisory Board members, Friends of the Kilgore Memorial Library, and Kilgore Memorial Library Foundation Board members are also interested in hearing how the library services they help provide are impacting the community.

As we work to keep your library accredited by the Nebraska Library Commission, a strategic planning process will be necessary in 2015.  If you would like to help shape the future of library services by participating in this process, I would like to hear from you!  Please reach out to me at drobertson@cityofyork.net anytime with your thoughts about how we are doing as we develop library services to meet the needs of the community we serve.