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LIBRARY Magazine & Program Brochure

January 2021

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2ND ANNUAL LEGENDS OF THE LIBRARY (VIRTUAL) CELEBRATION This year's celebration will introduce and honor the new Basalt Heritage Collection, a partnership with the Basalt Regional Heritage Society preserving and making available memoirs, stories, resources, maps and histories focused on Basalt, the Midland Railroad and the Fryingpan River Valley. We invite you to join our host David Bach while we celebrate with some of Basalt’s favorite folks and storytellers. You’ll never guess who will be there! Donations are appreciated. Registration required.

Friday, January 8th, 6-7PM

Photo credit: Basalt Heritage Collection

The History of New Year’s Resolutions By: Sarah Pruitt The custom of making New Year’s resolutions has been around for thousands of years, but it hasn’t always looked the way it does today. The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year—though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted. During a massive 12-day religious festival known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. These promises could be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions. If the Babylonians kept to their word, their (pagan) gods would bestow favor on them for the coming year. If not, they would fall out of the gods’ favor—a place no one wanted to be.

A similar practice occurred in ancient Rome, after the reform minded emperor Julius Caesar tinkered with the calendar and established January 1 as the beginning of the new year circa 46 B.C. Named for Janus, the two-faced god whose spirit inhabited doorways and arches, January had special significance for the Romans. Believing that Janus symbolically looked backwards into the previous year and ahead into the future, the Romans offered sacrifices to the deity and made promises of good conduct for the coming year. For early Christians, the first day of the new year became the traditional occasion for thinking about one’s past mistakes and resolving to do and be better in the future. In 1740, the English clergyman John Wesley, founder of Methodism, created the Covenant Renewal Service, most commonly held on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Also known as known as watch night services, they included readings from Scriptures and hymn singing, and served as a spiritual alternative to the

raucous celebrations normally held to celebrate the coming of the new year. Now popular within evangelical Protestant churches, especially AfricanAmerican denominations and congregations, watch night services held on New Year’s Eve are often spent praying and making resolutions for the coming year. Despite the tradition’s religious roots, New Year’s resolutions today are a mostly secular practice. Instead of making promises to the gods, most people make resolutions only to themselves, and focus purely on self-improvement (which may explain why such resolutions seem so hard to follow through on). According to recent research, while as many as 45 percent of Americans say they usually make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals. But that dismal record probably won’t stop people from making resolutions anytime soon—after all, we’ve had about 4,000 years of practice. Reprinted from https://www.history.com/ news/the-history-of-new-years-resolutions

Adult Programs Arts & Crafts Take & Create: Adult Craft Kits Start the year off with a new skill that can keep you organized and relaxed. Bullet journals can help you track everything from your water intake to your doctors appointments. Pick up this kit that has everything you will need to make your own journal. Draw, highlight, tape, and color yourself into a year of positivity. While supplies last. First come, first served. Tues, Jan. 5, 11AM-6PM

Community Second Annual Legends of the Library Celebration * The second annual Legends of the Library community celebration will take place on Zoom. 2021 Legends will introduce and honor the new Basalt Heritage Collection, a partnership with the Basalt Regional Heritage Society preserving and making available memoirs, stories, resources, maps and histories focused on Basalt, the Midland Railroad and the Fryingpan River Valley. We invite you to tune in to join our host David Bach while we celebrate with some of Basalt’s favorite folks and storytellers. You’ll never guess who will be there! Donations are appreciated. Registration required. Thurs, Jan. 14, 2-5PM

Library Business BRLD Board of Trustees Meeting Special meeting of the Library’s board of trustees. Mon, Jan. 4, 5:15-7PM

Finance Committee Meeting

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Monthly meeting of the Library’s finance committee. Wed, Jan 13, 5:15-7PM

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Monthly meeting of the Library’s board of trustees. Mon, Jan 18, 5:15-7PM


* Advance registration required

Free Legal Clinic From Home *

Volunteer attorneys will assist you with your legal matters, oneon-one via a phone call. Meetings are a maximum of 15 minutes. Please sign-up by calling 970-927-4311 or emailing info@ basaltlibrary.org before the day of the clinic. Thurs, Jan. 14, 2-5PM

Games Virtual Game Night: Among Us *

Are you sus? Or is your best friend yellow sus? Join us virtually to play Among Us, a game where your best friend could stab you in the back. Can you solve the mystery before you are killed? Or maybe... you're the one doing the killing? The library will have a discord chat set up for players to communicate with each other and gaming headsets available for check out. Email Laura@basaltlibrary.org to register. Mon, Jan. 11, 6:30-8PM

Music Music From the Library: Tragedy & Triumph

What better way to seek inspirational light for the new year than listening to the music of two great composers, Chopin and Beethoven, as they express through music their struggles with tragedy and triumph. Kevin Kaukl, piano, will present Chopin's Fourth Ballade & Beethoven's 'Waldstein' Sonata in a concert broadcasted on GrassRoots TV. The concert will be available on our website after broadcast. Thurs, Jan. 21, 5:30-6:30PM

Technology Classes Looking for vrtual tech help? Set up a half hour appointment to walk through your questions on zoom. Email cbaumgarten@ basaltlibrary.org.

Grow with Google: Power Your Job Search

Discover and track new job opportunities using Google Search, and learn how to organize and enhance your job search experience using Google Workspace tools. This is a live session from Grow with Google. Registration required. Wed, Jan. 20, 11AM-12PM

HOW TO MAKE (AND KEEP) YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS By Kelly Mickle and Amy Marturana Winderl, C.P.T. At the start of every year, many of us find ourselves wondering how to keep the New Year's resolutions we've set for ourselves. It's a well-known joke that the gym crowds surge in January, only to thin back out by mid-February. Sometimes, it almost seems like resolutions are just meant to be broken. But trust us, resolutions are good, productive ways to set goals and intentions for the new year. Deciding to make positive changes, like ditching a bad habit and adopting a healthier one, is always a good idea—one you should see through to the end. Often, what we don't realize is that the problem isn't that we aren't capable of sticking to our resolutions—it's that we need to do a better job making resolutions that are actionable and achievable. Otherwise, it's almost like setting yourself up to fall short. "Change is hard. We are creatures of habit," June Kloubec, Ph.D., a professor in the department of nutrition and exercise science at Bastyr University, tells SELF. "Unless you are very motivated, have good social support, and have the right environment, it is difficult to make lasting behavior changes." Experts like Kloubec, who work with people to get past barriers and make lasting changes, know that the kinds of things that can hold people back from reaching their goals may crop up before they've even attempted to

change a thing. If you want to set yourself up for the best chance of success, start with these smart tips for making better resolutions you can actually stick to. 1. Make smaller resolutions You think: "I'm going to spend less, work out more, and get promoted." All great aspirations, but creating a resolution that's too big sets you up for failure. The first key to success is zeroing in on one goal, not three. Then do a quick reality check. "Look at the level of commitment it will require to achieve, and consider if you'll be able to match it," Larry Kubiak, Ph.D., director of psychological services at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, tells SELF. Are you really going to be able to swear off chocolate completely? Unlikely. Limiting your Hershey's Kisses eating to a few times a week would be much more achievable. 2. Get specific with your goals “Save money” is another good goal. But how? And how much? Without some definable parameters, your best intentions can get lost in the shuffle. "The more detailed you can be—'I'm going to save $30 a week by eating out one fewer meal'—the [easier] it is to stay focused on what you have to do to succeed," Kubiak says. Setting small, specific goals also keeps you encouraged along the way— each time you meet one, you have reason to celebrate your progress. 3. Write down your goals

People who write down their goals feel a greater sense of accountability and have a much higher chance of accomplishing them, Elizabeth Ward, Ph.D., psychologist and performance coach and consultant in Boston, tells SELF. Post your goals on your fridge, write them in dryerase marker on the bathroom mirror, or write them down in a journal. Journaling can also help you reflect on your progress, Kloubec says. "Honest reflection can help you to see how you may be sabotaging yourself or to recognize patterns of behavior." 4. Make your resolutions public We're more likely to achieve our resolutions when we make them public. "Sharing our goals holds us accountable, so it's harder to back out," John Norcross, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, tells SELF. While sharing with your journal and bathroom mirror help, too, they don't count as "other people." Tell your best friend about your New Year's resolution, and check in with her on the reg to chat about it and make sure you're on track. Better yet, get her on board so you're both working toward the same goal. 5. Plan your followthrough Your resolution should never just be another item on your to-do list. At first, your goal was new and exciting, so you were inspired to make time for it; three weeks in, the novelty may wear off, Emanuel Maidenberg, Ph.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California in Los Angeles, tells

7 SELF. "If each morning you have to find a way to make your goal happen, you're more likely to decide based on whether you feel like doing it, which we rarely do," Maidenberg says. Plot out a monthly budget or schedule a week's worth of workouts each Sunday so you don't have to think about how to fit it all in. And attach your goal to another activity. For instance, if you want to meditate more, plan a nightly session for right after brushing your teeth. 6. Check in with yourself regularly Reassessing your goal throughout the weeks and months it takes to get there is essential. Once you start making changes, you may find your original goal was a little unrealistic. Instead of sticking with it once you find it's probably not possible, feel free to tweak the goal as you see fit. "I would encourage people to, even after a month, reevaluate their goals," Ward says. Look at your lifestyle and revise your goals to make sure they really work fit in, she suggests. "Then share with the person that you’re sharing accountability with, or write it down." 7. Celebrate small successes If your focus is just on the endgame, it's easy to feel discouraged when progress plateaus around the one-month mark, Kubiak says. That's why it's crucial to recognize and reward the smaller successes along the way. Rather than waiting until you've shed all 10 pounds, give yourself a mini "Yay, me!" celebration each time you drop 2. If your goal is to run a half marathon, don't save the party for the finish line. After each long run, reward yourself with a good book, new music, or a night out with friends. To help you track

important milestones and stay motivated along the way, use your journal. 8. Remember that it's OK to slip up (then get back on track!) If you've faltered, know that you're in good company: "Having a lapse is common. In fact, 75 percent of resolution makers slip up within the first two months," Norcross says. What really matters is how you handle it; there are those who spend several days feeling guilty over their misstep, and then those who acknowledge the screwup but get right back on track. Guess which group is more likely to succeed? "One setback shouldn't undo all your efforts. Instead of stewing, figure out how to prevent it from happening again," Norcross says. Blew this week's savings on boots from Zappos? (We get it: free shipping.) Find a way to recoup what you spent: At Zappos, returns are free, too! 9. Don't rely on others to get you where you're going Asking people for support is smart, but to make your resolution stick, now is the time to learn how to be your own cheerleader. In fact, relying too heavily on a pal or family member to get you to do something can actually decrease your motivation to work toward your goals, a study in Psychological Science found. Your boyfriend might be great at getting you out of bed for your morning jog, but what happens when he's out of town? Without any motivation to hit the treadmill on your own, you and the snooze button will become BFFs. To remind yourself why this goal is important to you, write little notes and post them where you'll see them—your desk, the mirror, and that snooze button.

10. Stick with what works "Once your behavior starts to feel routine, it's easy to assume you have this in the bag and can let down your guard," Norcross says. "But that's when you become vulnerable to missteps." You may think that because you haven't smoked in more than two months, you can lift your ban on going out with friends who do, or that you can stop keeping a food log because you've got the diet down. But those techniques were crucial to your success up to this point, and taking them away can dissolve your resolve. "Whatever you're doing is working, so don't stop!" Norcross urges. 11. Believe in yourself "Henry Ford said, 'Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you're right.' People say that they want to make a resolution, but they don’t believe that they can actually accomplish it," Kloubec says. If you know you're capable of making your desired change, then believe it wholeheartedly. "If not, let’s re-think how we can phrase or re-format your resolution" to be something that you're confident you can achieve, Kloubec adds. When you reach your goal, it's time to celebrate, of course. But it's also time to plan how you'll stick with them moving forward. Reaching a healthy weight, developing better eating habits, or getting into a regular fitness routine are all healthy lifestyle changes that are worth sticking with for more than just the year. Use your sense of accomplishment to further fuel your healthy habits so that you can keep feeling good—and proud of how you've bettered yourself—for years to come. Reprinted from https://www.self.com/ story/new-year-resolution-handbook

Make and Keep Your N The Happiness Project By Gretchen Rubin Determined to end that nagging feeling, Gretchen Rubin set out on a year-long quest to learn how to better enjoy the life she already had. Each month, Gretchen pursued a different set of resolutions and read everything from classical philosophy to cutting-edge scientific studies, from Winston Churchill to Oprah, developing her own definition of happiness and a plan for how to achieve it. She kept track of which resolutions worked and which didn't, sharing her stories and collecting those of others. With a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen's story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives.

BadassHabits By Jen Sincero The motivational coach and bestselling author of You Are a Badass shares illustrative case studies to outline a step-by-step, 21-day guide for overcoming self-sabotaging behaviors while cultivating habits that support healthy priorities and personal goals.


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Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Elizabeth Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Whether looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

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"I Have a Dream" Protest Art Installation

Children and Teen Programs Grab and Go Activities Pick up a different craft or activity every week! Pick up will be during the Grab and Go Lunch hour on the Eastern entrance to the library. Wednesdays, 12-1PM

Free Grab & Go Lunch for Kids and Teens Stop by the library on Wednesday afternoons for a free graband go-lunch! These shelf-stable snack lunches are for kids and teens 18 years old and younger but may also be picked up by a parent or caregiver. Take them home for later, or enjoy your lunch while responsibly social distanced in the park behind the library - just make sure to pick up after yourself. Facemasks and social distancing are required at pick up. This program is provided in partnership with the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. Wednesdays, 1-2PM

Online Storytime

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Address Delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day at the library by viewing our "I Have a Dream" Protest Art Installation. With the goal of giving youth the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings, and commitments to racial justice, student protest art will be installed on the library's front lawn. Kids and teens can contribute racial justice protest art to this installation with our Grab & Go Activity on Wednesday, January 13th. View the "Grab and Go Activity: I Have a Dream Protest Art Installation" program description on our community calendar for more details. Mon, Jan. 18, 11AM-6PM

Welcome to Online Storytime, taking place live on our Facebook Page! We are excited to invite families to our early literacy storytimes. Designed for 3-5 year olds, we will enjoy stories, songs, and action rhymes. Thurs, 10:30-11AM

Self-Care for Teen Skeptics With heaps of homework, a global pandemic, and the endless scroll of social media, developing and maintaining self-care habits is vital to surviving your teen years. But what if you aren’t into inspirational posters, vegan smoothies, or bubble baths? Join Kristen and Leila for a three-week program focusing on developing evidence-based habits and skills that help teens reduce their stress in fun and creative ways. Participants will also receive self-care kits with treats and tools to help them relax to the max. Wed, Jan. 13, 20 & 27, 4:30-5:15PM








Events are subject to change. For the most up to date info, visit basaltlibrary.org/events-calendar Wed












5:15-7PM Board of Trustees Meeting

11AM-6PM Take & Create: Bullet Journals

12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

6-7PM Second Annual Legends of the Library Celebration







12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

2-5PM Free Legal Clinic From Home





6:30-8PM Virtual Game Night: Among Us

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

4:30-5:15PM Self-Care for Teen Skeptics 5:15-7PM Finance Committee Meeting 17



11AM-6PM "I Have A Dream" Art Installation



11AM-12PM Grow with Google: Power Your Job Search

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

5:15-7PM Board of Trustees Meeting

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens

5:30-6:30PM Music From the Library: Tragedy & Triumph

4:30-5:15PM Self-Care for Teen Skeptics 24





12-6PM Grab and Go Activities

10:30-11AM Online Storytime

1-2PM Free Grab and Go Lunch for Kids and Teens 4:30-5:15PM Self-Care for Teen Skeptics

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January 2021  

New Years Resolutions

January 2021  

New Years Resolutions