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Take a Break with the Library

by Katie Hom on 2020-07-28T10:13:49-07:00 | Comments

Take a Break with the Library

Stay Safe, Kind & Connected Blog 18

One of the words I use most these days is “exhausted.” I can’t think of any other word that more adequately describes my thoughts on the state of current events, as well as my mental and physical well-being. 

Exhaustion can come as a result of many emotions like anger, fear, grief, distress, sadness, loneliness, frustration, and anxiety to name a few. You might feel one or two of these emotions at a time, and there may be moments when you feel all of them at once.  

It is essential to practice self-care if you’re feeling exhausted. For the sake of yourself and your loved ones, remember that it’s okay to take a break if it all becomes too much to handle.  

AC Library can help alleviate some of that exhaustion. Listed below are a few ways you can take a break with us. You’ll need a library card to access some of our eResources—if you don’t have one, consider signing up for an eCard so you can start getting acquainted with all the library has to offer. 

  • If you’re feeling lonely,  library staff  behind Kind, Connected Conversations are here for you with 1-on-1 conversations. Sign up for a 20 minute appointment and pick your favorite topic of conversation! Conversations are now available in Spanish and Pen Pal letters.  

  • Come to one of our virtual events. This is a great way to see, hear, and interact live with other people.  

  • Read or listen to books! Download eBooks and eAudiobooks, or place and pick up holds by appointment using our No Contact Pick Up service. Reading is a great way to build connection with others and see what life is like through someone else’s experience—even if the story is fictional. Need recommendations? Ask our matchmakers at Book Match

  • Participate in Kind, Connected Summer activities, which focus on developing healthy habits and learning about the world in fun, creative ways. Reflect on how kindness is shown and shared, and how you can be kind by creating a Kindness Journal

  • Join us in August for Create Imaginary Animals: A Family Art Project, an exciting event presented in collaboration with Art IS Education! Create an animal from your imagination by mixing and matching animal parts using the Family Art Kit or materials from home. 

  • Got the travel bug? Explore the world virtually through our eResources! Learn everything you want to know about the world with World Book Online for all ages. For the foodie traveler, become acquainted with a country’s food culture and test your cooking skills with A to Z World Food. For the time traveler interested in learning about or remembering the not-too-distant past, peruse our digital collection of newspaper and magazine archives

  • Are you itching to learn something new and interesting? Take a look through the course offerings at Great Courses (learn how to access it here) and Gale Presents: Udemy, both of which offer free classes on a wide variety of subjects. 

If you’re on social media, find us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram and use the hashtag #StaySafeKindConected to show us how you’re taking a break today! 

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