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Tips on how to accomplish 2021 reading resolutions

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 4:33 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Many people want to read more as part of their New Year’s resolutions in 2021, but some may run into obstacles and find it difficult to accomplish their goal.

According to a study, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions, and this harsh reality is why so many people who want to read more never do. The Grand Island Public Library shared tips on how people can avoid the same fate in 2021.

“You don’t have to read a whole book it can be just a few pages at a time, and if it’s something that you really like you’ll keep reading it and won’t want to stop,” Librarian Lori Medlin said.

The Library has a couple databases where people can fill out questionnaires to help find the right books for them.

“We have anything from losing weight, eating healthy, de-cluttering, you can learn a new craft,” Medlin said.

One way for people to keep reading is to set a time to read and stick to it. The library also suggests reading one or two books at a time to avoid getting stories confused. They also believe finding books people are interested in is key to making this hobby stick.

“If you lost interest in the book then it wasn’t the book for you,“ Medlin said. “Find another book and like I said it doesn’t have to be a whole chapter.”

Leonard McCarty comes by the library all the time and he finishes about one book every week.

“I’ve loved to read all my life and I think a book will take you to any part of the world you want to go to,” he said.

People don’t even need to read books these days, they can just listen to audio books instead. The library has two apps called Libby and Hoopla where people can listen to e-books on their website.

The library has several programs to encourage people to read all year long. Right now they have one called Snow Much to Read where people can sign up and participate in challenges to win prizes. They also have virtual programs for kids and people can check out their website or Facebook for more information.

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