Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sunday January 4th, 2015 New Year's Resolutions

Your Library can help you with your New Year's Resolutions, and we can do it from the comfort of your home. If you want to exercise more, learn a new language, develop an appreciation for classical or jazz music or embark on some home improvements our Virtual Collection can help.

Last Fall we introduced you to hoopla, an online collection of music, audiobooks and videos. Did you know hoopla includes workout videos? Install the hoopla app on your smart phone or tablet, or go to on your computer or smart TV to get started. Choose "Television" and you'll find a Jillian Michaels section and a wide variety of workouts in the "Health and Fitness" category. "Party off the pounds" with Richard Simmons, cardio kick box or "Sit and be Fit" are just a sample of the choices. Learn more about hoopla at

Powerspeak Languages is an interactive, fun online learning course which includes Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and English as a Second Language for Spanish speakers. Go to our Web site:, click on "Research", then click on the Sleeping Giant and log in with your Library Card number and PIN. Click through to Powerspeak from the list, and get started! You can make an account within Powerspeak to track your progress.

If you want to expand your musical horizons, Naxos Music Library is for you. Install the Naxos app on your smart phone or tablet to listen on the go, or access it through My Giant Search on a computer. Go to and choose "Research", then log in to My Giant Search. Naxos includes a huge selection of classic, jazz and world music which you can stream, as well as liner notes, educational videos and more. For details about the Naxos app see

Do you need to do some work around the house? Home Improvement Reference Centre can help. Also found in My Giant Search in the Research section of our Web site, it covers maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements and decorating. Diagrams, videos and instructions are provided to help you get the job done.

Make this year your best yet with these useful, handy online resources from your Library.

Joanna Aegard

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