Become Your Best Self in 2020 with OPL’s Help

Whether or not one makes actual New Year’s resolutions, there are some goals that tend to rise to the top of the list for many people. They aren’t necessarily easy to achieve, but fortunately, OPL can help! Consider how you can use your library to tackle common quests for change.

Eat Healthier: OPL offers a variety of books about healthy eating, opens a new window, as well as cookbooks, opens a new window filled with delicious and nutritious meals. Try the books before buying them to make sure the recipes are right for you and your needs.

Exercise more: Walk to your neighborhood library, if possible! Three OPL locations share space with city community centers (Florence, opens a new window, Saddlebrook, opens a new window and Sorensen, opens a new window), so take advantage of everything they have to offer when visiting the library. You may also check out passes for Heartland B-cycle, opens a new window at all 12 OPL branches, making it easy to explore Omaha on two wheels!

Save more and spend less: Think about how much money you spend on books, movies, music, and subscriptions; and then think about how much you could save by borrowing those items from OPL rather than purchasing them. We know there are some stories people want to own, but for all the rest, OPL is best! If you're looking to save money in ways other than utilizing your local library, try some of the books on this list, opens a new window.

Learn a new skill or hobby: OPL’s online resource center, opens a new window is full of valuable tools to help learn skills ranging from auto repair, opens a new window to the Arabic language, opens a new window. Take up family history research or register for Gale Courses, opens a new window on technology, computers or business skills. If you can’t find an online resource to polish your new skills, odds are good that you will find a book on it at OPL.

Read more: Reading is proven to make people happier, less-stressed and more empathetic, among other benefits, so it comes as no surprise that people want to spend more time with a good book. OPL has print books, opens a new window, eBooks, opens a new window, audiobooks, opens a new window (digital and CD), Playaways, opens a new window, magazines (physical, opens a new window or digital, opens a new window), newspapers, opens a new window and so much more, and staff are always happy to recommend your next great read if you can even request a custom reading list, opens a new window based on your preferences. You can also utilize OPL's book club bags, opens a new window to start your own book club, opens a new window.

If these aren't your goals this year, perhaps books included in these lists prepared by OPL staff can help motivate you in the new year and decade:

There’s no end to the ways OPL can help you to have the best year yet in 2020. Visit today and see for yourself!

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