Starting January 9 the High Plains Library District is kicking-off a new series of programs that address some of life’s ordinary, yet biggest challenges. The Good for You series of programs was created by local librarians who recognized the need to provide their patrons with more information and support on everyday things such as cooking quick, well balanced meals; financial planning; budgeting; and managing stress. Of course, the library offers dozens of materials and resources on these subjects, but wouldn’t it be nice to hear from a human being how you can make small changes that will save you time, money or energy? By partnering with local agencies and educators to be presenters, and providing library resources that support the topics in the Good for You series, the library is changing how it fulfills its mission of offering information, inspiration and entertainment.
The Good for You series is free and will be presented twice a month. For additional information please call Victoria at 1-888-861-7323 or visit www.MyLibrary.us.
Budgets and Coupons January 9 6:30pm Centennial Park Library (2227 23rd Ave. in Greeley) Start the New Year off with a simple budget, practical financial goals, and great coupon tips. Presenter: Laurel Kubin, CSU Larimer County Extension.
Identity Theft Awareness January 22 6:30pm Farr Regional Library (1939 61st Ave. in Greeley) or you can watch the event live online. Analyze today’s current scams and schemes, from mail fraud and dumpster diving to complex technological scams. Learn the signs of identity theft, how to protect yourself and what to do if you’re a victim. Presenter: Shelly Polansky, Better Business Bureau Foundation
Stress Reduction February 13 6:30pm Centennial Park Library (2227 23rd Ave. in Greeley) Our busy lives are full of stress – this class with show you how to maximize your health by reducing stress and increasing relaxation techniques. And as a special treat - trained staff from the Academy of Natural Health will be offering free chair massages! Presenter: Jaime Owens, Academy of Natural Health
Social Security Savvy February 26 5:30pm Farr Regional Library (1939 61st Ave. in Greeley) Will Social Security be there for me? How much Social Security can I expect to receive? When should I apply for it? How can I maximize my benefits? Will I have enough to live on? Join us for answers to these and other pressing Social Security questions. Presenter: Nancy Hazelrigg, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed
Fun with Money March 13 6:30pm Centennial Park Library (2227 23rd Ave. in Greeley) Give your children a gift that lasts a lifetime. Knowing how to handle money and credit carefully must be learned and practiced. Learn tools and techniques you can use with your children. Presenter: Nancy Patton, Public Service Credit Union
The Lost Art of Food Preparation March 26 6:30pm Farr Regional Library (1939 61st Ave. in Greeley) As a society, are we losing our cooking knowhow? With the availability of prepared and processed foods we are increasingly removed from our food supply, production and preparation. Join us as we get back to basics, and find simple, but creative, ways to prepare nutritious foods. Let us share and demonstrate some helpful, time-saving methods. Presenter: Mike Schwan, Registered Dietitian and Health Educator, Weld County Department of Public Health
Eating Healthy on a Budget April 10 6:30pm Centennial Park Library (2227 23rd Ave. in Greeley) Join us for a fun cooking demonstration! Grocery shopping and preparing healthy food doesn’t have to break your budget. Learn practical tips for food shopping and cooking on a budget. Presenter: Mike Schwan, Registered Dietitian and Health Educator, Weld County Department of Public Health
The Five Myths (and Truths) of Investing April 23 5:30pm Farr Regional Library (1939 61st Ave. in Greeley) Interested in ethical investing, but don’t know where to start? Want to jump into the market but find the choices overwhelming? Time is a factor in investing, so don’t put it off any longer and join Financial Advisor Nancy Hazelrigg as she outlines the five myths and truths of investing. Find out how to diversify your portfolio, help your money accumulate with tax-advantaged accounts and generally find ways to make your money work smarter and harder. Presenter: Nancy Hazelrigg, Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed
The High Plains Library District connects communities to information, inspiration and entertainment for life. HPLD includes libraries in Greeley, Firestone, Erie, Ault, Eaton, Johnstown, Platteville, Hudson and Fort Lupton.