How are those New Year’s resolutions going?

Find the perfect ‘diet’ at the library

Need a jump-start on those New Year’s resolutions? Turn to the library. We’ll help you find better health and happiness without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking to lose a few pounds or gain a new skill – whether professionally or in your personal life – explore the plethora of online resources available for free with your library card. You’ll find just about anything, from car repair to health advice, from learning a new language to tackling that new tablet or device you got over the holidays.

Preschool and toddler storytimes are often a hit with parents, grandparents, daycare providers and, of course, the kids. Now you can inspire a child to read from the comfort of home with our new Storytime to Go kits – complete with picture books, a children’s music CD, a puppet, puzzle, or other teaching tools and more. Also available for checkout are Brain Fitness kits, Reminiscence kits and Book Club kits. Check out the variety at your library.

For those with long commutes to work or time spent exercising, gardening, sewing or sitting in waiting rooms, welcome some company with an eBook or eAudiobook, which can be downloaded for free right to your phone or tablet. Search for digital books and audiobooks on OverDrive and RBdigital. RBdigital also includes eMagazines!

Does your list of New Year’s resolutions include getting out more? The library can help with that, too. Events like live music, author visits, comedy, arts and crafts and even a Civil War re-enactment can be found on the schedule, so don’t miss a thing by checking out the online Events Calendar. You can always follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Got a question about what the library has to offer? “Ask a Librarian” via email, instant messaging, or phone.

Local musician Robert Everest presents Latin music program

Spend an hour touring the world through the guitar and voice of Robert Everest during his Latin music program at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Parmly on the Lake, 28210 Old Towne Rd., in Chisago City. The performance will be held inside the Chapel.

Everest, a Twin Cities native, will be playing music from multiple countries in several languages, with emphasis on Latin America, Southern Europe, and West Africa, along with a number of original compositions. In this performance he accompanies himself on the unique, seven-string Brazilian guitar.

Everest has been exploring the music of the world for nearly 30 years. He has delighted audiences from local and national venues to around the globe with his vast repertoire of acoustic world music, solo and multiple ensembles.

Presented by the East Central Regional Library, this project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Creating Music with Computers at Chisago Lakes Library

East Central Regional Library invites students of all grade levels and adults to an entertaining performance starring George Maurer and his presentation, Creating Music with Computers, at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 at the Chisago Lakes Area Library in Chisago City.

Maurer is a performer, composer and producer, and he has toured the country to illustrate the impact on music in today’s culture while using today’s technology to enhance appreciation for the arts. Using his keyboard, microphone, and visual display, he shows how music is composed using computers and digital technology for albums, movie soundtracks, television shows, video games, and more.

This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Find the Chisago Lakes Area Library at 11754 302nd St. in Chisago City.