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New Year's Resolutions: Books to Help You Keep Them


Happy New Year, everyone! It’s that time for reflecting on the past year, and thinking about what we might improve in the new one. But New Year’s resolutions have become kind of a lark: are we really going to keep them?

You Can Learn to Code


Learning code allows us to do things with computers we wouldn't be able to do otherwise. On Sunday, the Ground Floor joins millions of people in 180-plus countries for Hour of Code, a worldwide celebration of coding and computer science. From 3 to 5 p.m., we'll  geek out with LEGO Mindstorms and Makey Makeys, make coding-themed crafts, and watch an awesome demo by Quadrangles, the robotics competition team at Bloomington High School South. All ages welcome.

Krampus Night


Krampus Night is almost here! The Krampus, a mythical horned creature of ancient Germanic legend, is often seen in folklore accompanying St. Nick and punishing wicked children. Its story—and the festivities surrounding it—has experienced a recent surge of popularity, with marches and parades throughout the winter holidays in Europe and the United States.

Can't Find Audiobooks of the Classics Through the Library? Try LibriVox

Outside of the Library, there are plenty of sources for audiobooks out there, but most have one thing in common: they cost money. While the Library is your best bet for free audio recordings of more recent titles, for audiobooks in the public domain—which usually those published before 1923—there's LibriVox. There, a diverse range of popular and unpopular (i.e. eclectic) authors are given voice, from Shakespeare to H.P. Lovecraft, Mark Twain to Dostoyevsky, Aphra Behn to Stendhal.

Podcasts: Library Staff Picks


Most everyone listens to podcasts these days. Some of us have a couple of favorites—some fanatics have dozens. And though the most avid fan is always on the lookout for exciting new recommendations, with so many podcasts out there, how do you find the ones that suit your interests? Your trusty Library Staff offer this list.