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Library Resources to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Library Resources

Happy New Year! Did you know you can use apps on your smartphone to make helpful lifestyle changes throughout the year?! There are apps available for calorie counting; mindful-eating tips; workouts (filterable by skill level, intensity, and duration); meditation, self-care, organization, and much more! Learn all about apps during these two programs taught by an instructor from Sharper Training Solutions.

Sharper Training Solutions:

Learn a Language: 

Our free database Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. We also have an English-Spanish Conversation Group Wednesday mornings at the library for those interested in learning English or Spanish!

Get Out of Debt/Save Money: 

Learn some common-sense tips to financial success with investment advisor William Breakstone on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm.

Research Your Family Tree: 

The Islip Library has a subscription to Ancestry.com Library Edition. This database, available on any of our public workstations (in-library use only), provides access to over 11 billion records online, including census, immigration, military, vital records, and a variety of other resources. Other genealogy databases are available as well through Live-brary including Heritage Quest and Fold 3.

Upcoming Genealogy Programs: 

Exercise: 

Get fit and have fun with Joy Walker during this interval training workout on Friday mornings.
Are you unable to attend our fitness class? Try some of these fitness DVDs at home instead.

#LiveYourBestLife: 

 Ebooks & Audiobooks available through our Live-brary Free Downloads service.

Visit a Museum: 

Did you know that the Islip Public Library offers free museum passes and discount tickets for local and New York City area museums to Islip Library cardholders?! We currently have passes available to the following Long Island museum sand places of interest: Empire Pass for NYS Parks; Fire Island Lighthouse; Long Island Children’s Museum; Old Bethpage Village Restoration; Sagtikos Manor (only open during the summer); and The Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium. We have passes available to the following New York City museums: The Intrepid & The Frick Collection.  We also have discount tickets available to: Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead and the Museum of Natural History in NYC.

Tackle a Home Improvement Project: 

Our free database, available through Live-brary, Home Improvement Reference Center includes magazine articles and reference material as well as videos and images designed to help homeowners tackle home repairs safely. This database provides the latest step-by-step information along with background information and basic tips on topics including electricity, plumbing, woodworking, outdoor projects, maintenance, and decorating.

Learn Something New: 

Take an online learning course available free of charge through Live-brary. Courses are taught from a variety of professors from Yale, Harvard, MIT and more! There are many topics to choose from.

Find a Diet that Work for You: 

Find a diet that works for you. We have a wide variety of books located in our non-fiction collection!

Laurie Aitken

Laurie Aitken

Laurie Aitken has been a librarian at the Islip Public Library since 1997. She is the programming librarian and books almost all of our adult programs. Laurie lives with her husband, two sons, and four chihuahuas. Her interests include reading (mostly nonfiction about dogs and about Christianity), going to the gym, and volunteering at her church. Click here to subscribe to Laurie Aitken's blog posts!

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