Five New Year’s Resolutions the Free Library Can Help You Keep in 2019

By Kate C. RSS Mon, December 31, 2018

‘Tis the season for setting goals and thinking about the person you want to become in the new year! Good news: the Free Library of Philadelphia can help when it comes to making that New Year’s Resolution and sticking to it.

Here are just five ideas:

Learning a new skill
A Free Library card opens up a whole new world of digital learning with access to, an online training and learning tool for business, software, technology, and creative skills. Offering over 10,000 training and development courses taught by industry experts, Lynda offers tutorials in five languages! You will find courses and training videos on everything from web design to media production, management to entrepreneurship, Photoshop to guitar playing, and much more. Make your goal a reality with and the Free Library!

Getting in shape
Did you know the Free Library offers exercise classes? That’s right, from yoga to Tai Chi, there’s a class for you at a neighborhood library location! The Free Library also partners with Indego to offer free 90-minute instructional classes for those wishing to start bicycling safely in Philadelphia. Rather work out in the comfort and privacy of your own home? Don’t fret! A library card gives you access to a plethora of exercise books and workout tapes to borrow. Just browse our catalog!

Taking control of your finances
Whether you want to grow your small business or invest more wisely in 2019, our Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) has the tools you need to succeed! Attend a class or workshop, or chat with a friendly librarian in person to get the guidance you need, no matter what your goal is.

Maintaining healthy habits
Did you know that the South Philadelphia Library is part of the Community Health and Literacy Center, comprised of the Free Library, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the City of Philadelphia’s Health Center 2, and the DiSilvestro Recreation Center? Free Library customers can access some of our newest items available for lending: electronic blood pressure monitors and food scales! The Free Library also offers disease prevention programs, meditation workshops, flu shot clinics, Medicare information sessions, and many more health-minded events at neighborhood library locations across the city!

Mastering another language
Whether you’re aiming to learn a new language altogether or brush up on one you already know, you can add a foreign language to your repertoire with the help of the Free Library using Mango Languages!

How about YOU? What's your New Year's Resolution for 2019? Is there something we can do to help you on your journey? Let us know in the comments!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

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