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13 ways to a new you in 2013 while saving money at the Public Library

Need a helping hand keeping your New Year’s resolution? How would you like to keep your resolution and save money at the same time? Then start 2013 off right and turn to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


1.      Why spend money on your entertainment when you can get it for free? Apply for a  Library card if you don’t already have one and start saving money. Use your card to check out a wide range of the lastest best-sellers, top albums, newest DVD releases and favorite magazines for FREE instead of paying for book club selections, CDs, movie rentals, and magazine subscriptions.

2.      Forget joining an expensive gym. Get in shape with DVDs from the Library. Bored of the same old routines? Check out new exercise routines every week. The Library’s collection offers DVDs covering everything from Aerobics to Zumba.

3.      Upgrade your computer skills. From the basics of typing and keyboard skills to more advanced classes on Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, the Library offers computer labs and workshops at the Main Library Tech Center and branch locations. Come to a class or schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Library staff member.

4.      Want to learn a second language ? Study at your own speed through the Library’s Language Instruction online resources. Use Mango to become conversationally proficient in over 30 foreign languages by listening to real-life situations and actual conversations. Mango also offers ESL courses for over a dozen languages. Or teach yourself sign language with SigningSavvy.

5.      Download eBooks and eAudiobooks for free. All you need is a Library card to fill your eReader, tablet or smartphone with eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library’s collection. Choose from thousands of the latest bestsellers, classics, nonfiction, and always available titles on most subjects and genres.

6.      Simplify your life with the free mobile Library app. You can use the app to search the catalog and place holds, check library selections out with "Ucheck," renew your materials, and use "BookLook” to scan a book’s barcode and check for its availability at the Library. Plus, it makes it easy to download eBooks from the Library directly to your phone!

7.      Expand your digital music collection by using your Library card to download five free songs a week from Freegal. Choose from Sony Music's extensive catalog and download them directly to your computer, laptop, table or smartphone. And, they’re yours to keep!

8.      Impress your boss with your prudent nature by holding the company’s next client meeting, seminar or workshop in one of the Library’s free meeting rooms.

9.      Don’t pay for genealogical research when you can do it for free, either in the Main Library’s Genealogy & Local History Department or with the Library’s online resources, including Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives  which features over 50 million pages of historical documents, census records from 1860 and 1930, documents relating to wars and U.S. presidents, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, Matthew Brady Civil War photos, and city directories.

10.  Save on tuition costs by using Universal Class, a Library resource that offers access to over 500 free online continuing education classes on a wide range of subjects, including office training, health and medicine, crafts, homeschooling, finance and entrepreneurship. Or visit the Learning Express Library site, which features practice tests, exercises, and skill-building courses for students of all ages.

11.  Don’t hire a head hunter when you can search for a job using the online resource ReferenceUSA. The Library’s program “Find the Hidden Job Market with ReferenceUSA” will teach you to track down and target job openings not posted in newspapers or online job search sites. Library staff also can help you apply to jobs online during the “Jobseeker's Workshop” held Tuesdays from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s third-floor computer training room.

12.    Use the free Wi-Fi at all 41 Library locations. Whether you’re taking an online class, writing a proposal, researching a paper, or just enjoying your eReader, Wi-Fi is always free at the Library.

13.  Become financially savvy and learn how to invest all the money you’re saving.  Read business news and research companies with the Library’s Business & Finance online resources, including Morningstar Investment Research Center which allows you to research more than 23,000 stocks and mutual funds; build and analyze an investment portfolio; and to learn about stocks, mutual funds, and portfolios.


Need some more details on how to get started?   Check out the Library’s “New Year, New You” webpage at http://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/news/2013/newyearnewyou.html . Here you’ll find a wealth of knowledge that will save you time and money as well as a great reading list to help you achieve your 2013 goals.

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