Library Helps You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

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Library Helps You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Offers Free Web-based Classes

January 1 not only marks a new year, it also marks the beginning of many familiar resolutions. While losing weight, getting organized, learning something new, or saving more money are common goals, research has shown that only 8 percent of the people who make resolutions keep them.  Luckily, Library users can jump-start or stay on track with their 2013 resolutions using more than 500 free online courses.

Through a partnership with Universal Class, Library users can take courses and receive certificates of completion in a broad range of classes, including Weight Management, Time Management, Budgeting and Saving, and How to Quit Smoking.

“The Library is the place that many people visit for books that will help them with their New Year's resolutions," said Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. "These online classes break many popular resolutions down into lessons with specific tasks.  When people treat the courses like a personal action plan, the small wins can help motivate them to see their resolution through."

Like Coursera and other online courses, Universal Class offers self-paced classes with video lectures, homework, tutors and a social networking component.  In addition, all classes have instructors that monitor student progress, review and assess assignments, and answer questions or concerns. 

Students have six months to complete a course. Usually, courses are completed within 10 to 20 hours.  The class ends when a student finishes all the coursework and the instructor graduates them from the course.  Successful students receive certificates of completion documenting the course, the hours of training and any applicable continuing education units. 

To enroll in a class, visit