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January 1, 2020

Transform at the Library in 2020: Connect with Your Community

The beginning of a new year always seems filled with plans for big changes. While new, exciting goals are always inspirational, continuing an unfinished goal from last year or creating collective goals with your family and friends can be just as fun. You will still feel transformed by the time December rolls around and hopefully even more connected with your community.

Connect through reading

Your local public library can engage your little one in many ways to help them connect their experiences back to reading and impact their learning for the rest of their lives. According to the British Cohort Study, “reading for pleasure was linked to greater intellectual progress, both in vocabulary, spelling and mathematics. In fact, the impact was around four times greater than that of having a parent with a post-secondary degree.” Hillsborough County public libraries have story times for toddlers and babies, early learning wellness programs, and even STEAM clubs for older kids, all of which cultivate fun and excitement around reading.

Engage in new technology

Did one of your 2019 goals include learning to 3D print, starting your own podcast, or practicing robotics and coding with your child? Your local library is a technology hub that provides access to many resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs, students and their families, and lifelong learners. You can reserve creative spaces for collaboration and professional meetings, attend various technology-focused programs, and utilize 3D printing and Photoshop at many Hillsborough County public libraries.

Discover your roots

Every family has stories that are shared with each new generation about the generations that came before them. These stories often spark a feeling of connection between your family history and the work you are doing right now in your own life. Start 2020 with goals of learning more about your ancestry and finding out how many of those family stories ring true with the help of the extensive genealogy collections at Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library on Nebraska Avenue and John F. Germany Public Library on Ashley Drive in Tampa. Make it a collective learning experience and turn your finds into a collection of new stories to share at the next family gathering.

Transform through volunteering

Do you have family members or know community members who do not speak English very well that you wish you could help? The Hillsborough Literacy Council provides tutoring and language instruction programs to remove language barriers that are obstacles to creating strong community ties. You can start the new year by volunteering to help someone in your neighborhood learn English or simply practice speaking English, and in turn foster essential cultural enrichment, inclusion and community-building.

Whether you continue working on current goals or start 2020 with new goals, the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is happy to help. Be sure to check out HCPLC.org to get started, keep yourself going, and connect with your community!

All photos provided by Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.

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