The Free Library and You: New Year’s Resolutions in 2022!

By Kate C. RSS Mon, December 20, 2021

Can you believe we’re about to turn the page on another (long, strange, COVID-19 filled...) year? I know I can't! 

While I've never really been a big New Year's Resolution person, I do appreciate how the turning of the page to a new calendar year can motivate us toward new goals and new expectations for all that lies ahead. No matter how large or small your resolution or goal may be as we head into 2022, the Free Library is here to help! Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Learn a New Skill

Free Library card opens up a whole new world of digital learning with access to LinkedIn Learning, an online training and learning tool for business, software, technology, creative skills, and more. Offering thousands of training and development courses taught by industry experts, LinkedIn Learning 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!

Get in Shape

While many of our usual exercise classes are still on hold due to COVID-19 challenges, we are offering yoga classes at select neighborhood libraries in addition to some virtual options for moving your body along with us! If you'd 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 DVDs to borrow—just browse our catalog!

Learn a New Language

Whether you’re aiming to learn a new language or brush up on one you already know, you can add a foreign language to your repertoire using Mango Languages! We also offer language learning classes, supporting the individual literacy and learning goals of all Philadelphians through our Languages and Learning Center

Play a Musical Instrument

By checking out an instrument from our Musical Instrument Collection, you have many notes at your fingertips—and not just musical notes! The Music Department within Parkway Central Library offers support from librarians, sheet music, instructional guides, and of course, free concerts that can inspire you as you make progress on your own. This very special collection recently celebrated its fifth birthday, and we can't wait to keep bringing the gift of music to our city for many more years!

Cut Clutter

Drowning in junk? Take charge and get organized with these books and resources on clutter, organization, time management, and what to do with unwanted possessions.

Do you have a New Year's Resolution or a goal, hope, or dream for 2022? Maybe it's as simple as reading more books—you know we can help with that! Or maybe, deservedly so, it's to focus on self-care and give yourself the grace, time, and space you need to continue navigating this unprecedented time while the demands of life continue to pick back up. Whatever you decide on, we wish you a very happy and healthy 2022 and can't wait to join you for the ride!

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