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For many, a new year means new resolutions and goals! Getting started can be challenging, but Seymour Library has the tools to help you succeed.

Looking for a healthy start to the new year? We have a program for that! Seymour Library has programs on hormones and nutrition, yoga, technology and fitness, and more:

• Get your stretch on this winter at Seymour Library! Instructors Deborah Daly and Wendy Vitale will lead chair yoga classes from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17, 24 and 31. No mats are required. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

• Meet your 2019 fitness goals! Learn how using smartphone and computer apps to monitor your eating and physical activity habits could help you live a healthier life and reduce the symptoms of chronic illness from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Bring your own device or use a tablet or phone provided by the Cayuga Community Health Network. Registration is required, so please call the library at (315) 252-2571.

• Join the Alzheimer’s Association at Seymour Library at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, for "Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia." Registration is required, so please call the library at (315) 252-2571 to register.

• Learn about the interplay of hormones, nutrition and metabolism with Dr. Shirwan Mirza at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. This seminar outlines the way nutrition and gut bacteria determine hormone levels, fertility, and your general health and weight.

• Maybe your goal is to relax more in the new year. Join us at the library for some coloring fun at noon Wednesday, Jan. 16. Coloring pages and refreshments will be provided! The event is for all ages.

Don’t forget about the library’s online resources that offer users a chance to learn more:

• ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. The library also has Theremin, Ukulele, and Violin Discover! Kits are available for checkout!

• Our free Universal Class service lets people choose from among more than 500 online classes, including courses on self-help, health and medicine, how to/DIY, and more.

• OverDrive and Hoopla allow for quick downloads of e-books and e-audio, right to your smartphone or tablet — perfect for reading on the go or listening to an audiobook at the gym!

For more information about these e-resources, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/elibrary. Let the learning begin!

Or maybe your goal for 2019 is to read more? I know mine is! It’s the fourth year of our reading challenge, and we’ve prepared new categories to help you meet your goal of reading more!

The Read More! 2019 Reading Challenge (or Read More! 2019) invites you to read 24 books throughout 2019. That’s two books a month. We’ve also added two bonus categories for those of you who would like to challenge yourselves further. And while we’re not telling you specific books to read, you do have to read different types of books. This year’s categories include a book with stars on the cover or in the title, a ghost story and a book you consider a guilty pleasure.

This year, we have also created a special reading challenge for our younger readers. The Read More! 2019 Reading Challenge for Kids require children to read 12 books throughout 2019 (with two bonus challenges for a grand total of 14 books).

Fill out a Read More! 2019 reading log, available online or at the library, and return it by Jan. 3, 2020, to win a prize. Share your progress with us online using the hashtag #readmore2019 and check out the library’s podcast, "We Need To Talk About Books," for reading challenge recommendations and updates. For more information about Read More! 2019, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/read-more.

Now it is time to read! Here are some Seymour Library staff favorites from 2018. For the complete list, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/booklists/ourfavs2018.

• "Bellewether" by Susanna Kearsley

• "The Darkling Bride" by Laura Andersen

• "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate

• "An Enchantment of Ravens" by Margaret Rogerson

• "The Cruel Prince" by Holly Black

• "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

• "Oliver Loving" by Stefan Merrill Block

• "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn

• "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

• "Fly Girls: How 5 Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History" by Kelly O’Brien

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Jackie Kolb is community services coordinator at Seymour Library in Auburn. For more information, visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571.

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