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From the Director - February 2016

Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions to exercise, lose weight, read more, learn something new, get a new job or improve their business. By February many people start to slack off on their resolutions a bit, if not abandon them all together. The library can help you stick with all your resolutions.

Did you resolve to lose weight? The library’s collection includes a wide variety of diet books from Mediterranean to paleo, low-fat, low-sugar, low fiber, gluten-free and more. Exercise more? Use a DVD to exercise along with your favorite exercise star or style from Pilates to yoga to belly dancing. The library has all the information you need to get fit this year.

But we can help with your other resolutions as well. Read more? Well, that’s an easy one for the library. We can help you select your favorite authors or subjects with our Novelist database, book club selections, interesting topical exhibits and, of course, our knowledgeable librarians. We also offer the monthly Brown Bag Book Club that meets the third Friday of every month. The group will be meeting on February 19th at 12:30 pm and will be discussing Defending Jacob by William Landay. And most exciting of all, the library will be hosting Union County College’s Life Center for Seniors classes starting February 12th. This semester’s offering will be a literature class and will meet every Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm through May 6th. Registration information will be available soon.

Did you resolve to get a new job? In addition to all the job search books and study guides we offer databases such as the Job & Career Accelerator, Learning Express Library and Reference USA. The library is offering two free workshops on using the Reference USA database to look for job postings, identify companies that are of interest, find the name of key executives and prepare yourself for effective interviews. A representative from the company that provides the Reference USA database will conduct a workshop on using this powerful tool for job search on Tuesday, February 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For those of you who want to improve the marketing for your business the RefUSA representative will stay on to present another workshop on using the database to “Start, Manage, Market and Grow Your Business or Non-Profit” from 7:00 – 8:30 pm the same evening. If you’re in sales, consulting, a business owner, or non-profit professional, learn how to find market-critical information and gain the competitive advantage you need. The workshops are free and open to all. Please register at the reference desk or call 908-273-0350, selection 3.

This month’s Music at the Library program on Sunday, February 7th will feature singer/songwriter Marc Berger. Berger will perform songs from his album RIDE, a contemporary tribute to the American West. The program is held at 2:00 pm in the rotunda on the main floor.

Are you one of the millions of fans of the successful PBS Downton Abbey series? If you are then you know that the series will be coming to an end on Sunday, March 6th. So many of our library patrons are avid fans of the program so we will be observing the end of the series with a special program on Saturday, March 5th at 2:00 pm. Judith Israel, who teaches a course on Downton Abbey at Fairleigh Dickinson University, will speak about the “Costumes of Downton Abbey” and tea will be served. Registration is required and will be strictly limited. Ms. Israel will be dressed in period costume and attendees are welcome to wear clothing appropriate to the period. To register, contact the reference desk as noted above. And don’t forget the library has all the seasons of Downton Abbey on DVD if you need to catch up.