New Year, Better You

By FPL_Amy

The New Year typically brings unrealistic expectations and resolutions that most of us break by mid-spring. Get out of the “new year, new me” mindset and focus on being a better version of yourself. After all, there is no one who is uniquely you. Instead of completely reinventing yourself and living a “perfect life” (that only exists in fiction), focus on making small obtainable improvements.

The library has several resources to help you become a better version of yourself. With most of these resources all you need is a library card to get started.

Online Courses & Tutorials

Gale Courses has over 375 six-week instructor-led online courses. From personal development to business and technology classes, there’s something for everyone. New sessions start every month and you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each course.

Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company, offers over 200,000 video tutorials covering business, technology and creative skills. Each tutorial is created by Industry experts to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. In addition to individual tutorials, they also offer learning paths across various subjects. This resource is only available to Frisco residents.

Become a Maker

The maker movement is where DIY meets technology. The library’s Makerspace has 3D Printers, a Laser Cutter, and a CNC Mill that can be used during normal business hours. You can use this equipment to make both functional and artistic projects. Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with the technology, staff will train you on how to use the equipment and the library offers classes on design.

You can also take the Makerspace home with you by checking out a Maker Kit. Maker Kits allow you to create and innovate in your own space. Get hands-on practice with robotics, coding, circuitry, design, 3D scanning, and video. 

Learn a Second Language

Whether you want to learn a foreign language in preparation for a vacation getaway or in order to land that big job promotion, Mango Languages can help. Mango Languages is a self-paced language course that provides courses to over 70 languages and dialects. Each course provides cultural insights and uses native speakers to introduce you to the subtleties of the language. They also have an app so you can take your learning on the go.  

Travel More

Your world gets bigger when you travel. Seeing new sights and meeting new people helps you grow and improve. Plan a trip to an exotic locale or to the next state over with the library’s travel backpacks.

Writing

Finally get around to writing that book you’ve always been meaning to write. (Or finish the book you’ve been putting off for years.) Get support and network with other writers by joining one of the library’s writing clubs.

You can also self-publish your book using the library’s Trail Blazer Press. Trail Blazer Press prints quality trade paperback books and is great for both personal and retail projects.

Do you want to get back into writing, but writing a book seems too daunting of a task? Consider writing a short story for the library’s Flash Fiction Contest. Or if a little competition helps motivate your writing, check out the library’s First Chapter Contest. Both contests run January 2-March 31.

“There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps.” - Peter A. Cohen

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