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January 20, 2010 > Alameda County Library News: 2010's New You: Infinite Possibilities

Alameda County Library News: 2010's New You: Infinite Possibilities

Team up with Alameda County Library to achieve the new you in 2010. Fremont, Newark and Union City libraries offer a wide array of free programs and materials for personal development and self-improvement.

Free library programs are educational and entertaining avenues for reaching goals. Fremont Library has a monthly Scrabble night and upcoming workshops on parenting with a purpose (January 27) and on anger management and green business practices (January 30). For help with job searching, attend Fremont Library's Link to Jobs series (January 25 and February 8). Attend a personal organization workshop at Newark Library (January 23) or join the monthly book discussion group. Union City is offering computer classes. For branch calendars and complete event listings, go to or pick up calendars at your library.

Are you looking to get in shape but dreading the boredom of solo exercise? The library has music CDs and audio-books for loan. You can also download audio-books from to your computer, iPod or MP3 player. Or get motivated with a new exercise program by borrowing fitness DVDs like Firming After 50, Bollywood Burn, Dance and Be Fit or Biggest Loser Boot Camp.

If you'd rather help someone else reach their fitness goals, Newark Library is looking for volunteers to coordinate a Wii League for adults. Also needed are personal trainers for Wii Fit sessions. Call Barbara at (510) 795-2627 x20 or e-mail her at

Alameda County Library has a host of materials on changing habits. Just arrived is Smoke Free in 30 Days. If patience isn't your forte, you could borrow the DVD Hypnosis: Stop Smoking Within One Hour. Books like the new Mayo Clinic Diet, Cook This, Not That! and Food Matters can help guide your nutrition choices. The library also has hundreds of cookbooks.

Developing new skills is easier and cheaper with library resources. Try Mango, the language learning system, on our website to learn conversational skills in languages from Arabic to Vietnamese. You can also borrow books, DVDs and audio-books for learning languages, including English, from the library.

Another online learning resource to explore is LearningExpressLibrary which has test preparation materials for academic (SAT, GED, GMAT, etc) and civil service exams. It also provides interactive tutorials on computer programs like Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint and courses for other adult skills improvement.

Let Alameda County Library help you discover and become the new you in 2010.

Barbara Telford-Ishida, Adult Services Librarian, Alameda County Library/Newark (510) 795-2627 x20

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