It’s that time of year, again. The time of year where all your friends and family are setting New Year’s resolutions. For me, I find it a little annoying, probably because I know I never stick to my resolution. This is because I find them too general and there are no milestones, which is what keeps me engaged and on track. So instead, I like to create a yearlong challenge for myself. This has measurable milestones and can be flexible for me, which as a working mom I very much appreciate.
With this thought in mind, this year I created a challenge for anyone who loves libraries or wants to explore our libraries. Don’t worry, it won’t be hard. In fact, it’ll be really fun and enlightening. The missions are meant to be done in any order you like. If you do one per month, you’ll have something to look forward to right until the end of the year.
Librarian’s Challenge 2019:
Mission 1: Visit your local library and get a library card (if you don’t already have one)
Why: Your local library is your access point to thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, games, and activities that are all free to you! Why pay for something that you could borrow for free? Check it out.
Mission 2: Read a New York Times Best Seller
Why: I know I get stuck in a reading rut and I am sure you do to. Sometimes, it is just hard to find something new to read or to read something that you normally wouldn’t read. By completing this task, you will push yourself to find something new to read. Pssst, don’t forget to check the book out from your library.
Mission 3: Take a picture of yourself reading
Why: Share your love of reading with others. Don’t forget to post it to our social media using hashtag: #placercountylibrary.
Mission 4: Attend a library program
Why: Did you know that each year Placer County Library hosts hundreds of free programs where you can learn new things, make something, listen to a speaker, see a special performance, or join in a discussion? Check out our website at placer.ca.gov/library/programs to see what exciting thing is happening at your local library.
Mission 5: Read outside
Why: Reading outside is one of the great little pleasures in life. There is just something magical about being outside on a warm day with your book and a blanket (and maybe a snack or two).
Mission 6: Tell someone about your favorite book
Why: This is the best way to recommend a book to someone and help them discover something that they might not have read before. Also, it is fun to hear about each other’s favorite books and why. Hint: We librarians, love to hear about your favorite books.
Mission 7: Checkout a library book
Why: The best way to get into the habit of reading is by borrowing a book. If your book is borrowed, then you are more likely to read it because you have to return it. Also, visiting the library is fun and you are bound to discover something new while you are there.
Mission 8: Read a children’s picture book
Why: Picture books aren’t just for kids. Really, it’s true. Picture books have some of the most amazing art work in them. They also tackle some of the harder subjects in ways that are accessible to everyone. So, pick up a picture book and read it. Enjoy the story, enjoy the art, but most of all enjoy the sense of being young again. You’ll be amazed at what memories are brought up by reading a picture book.
Mission 9: High-five a librarian
Why: This may sound stupid but really it is fun. We love it when people give us high-fives. It is a great way for us to meet you and for you to meet us.
Mission 10: Reread your favorite book from your childhood
Why: Simply for the pleasure of experiencing something that brought you joy when you were younger. Don’t forget to tell us what your favorite book was and why. #placercountylibrary
Mission 11: Tell someone about your library
Why: The best thing you can do to support your library is to use it and to recommend it to others. Help us by telling others about the library and why you love it.
Mission 12: Search the library’s catalog
Why: You never know what your will discover while searching the library’s catalog. It fun, free, and you can have items sent right to your home library branch. No need to drive around.
Don’t forget to share with us your experiences while completing this challenge. You can tell us or post about it on social media using #placercountylibrary. I hope that this upcoming year is filled with joy, learning, and discovery for you and yours. Happy New Year.
Amie Toepfer is the branch manager and librarian at Placer County Library in Colfax.