As part of the New Year, New You promotion, Bolton libraries welcomed a number of agencies to offer advice and give information to the public on their services.
For those wanting to learn something new in 2018, there was Enjoy Learning and the U3A who both offer courses activities on a wide range of subjects, such as learning a language, painting and drawing, calligraphy etc.
The start of the year is also a time for making new years resolutions and a popular resolution is volunteering. Bolton Community and Voluntary Services gave lots of useful information on volunteering opportunities.
Is 2018 the year you finally decided to give up smoking, cut back on alcohol, lose weight or take up exercise? If so, your’e not on your own and the health trainers and the Health Improvement Team gave lots of advice on getting and staying healthy, plus carried out a number of blood pressure checks.
We also welcome the Staying Well team who spoke to older members of the public about remaining safe, independent well in their own homes.
As part of the promotion we asked what will you do in 2018, contributions included:
‘Take action in my life and not just be a passenger in it’,
‘Make more time for myself and things I want to do’,
‘Stop making excuses in my life’,
‘Find a yoga class’,
‘Reduce animal products in my diet’
‘Go running 2-3 times each week.
After the rush and excitement of Christmas, a mindfulness workshop was just what was needed. Participants were shown techniques to help them to pay attention to the present moment, which in turn can help us to enjoy life more.
We also had the younger members of the library joining in with our New Year, New You theme at the Arty Babies session. The Arty Babies explored the theme of transformation through the Very Hungry Caterpillar story and were also visited by Bridie Tonge from Fine Yarns wool shop. Bridie demonstrated how to make a garter stitch chain link garland and chatted to the parents about learning new creative skills and rediscovering things they enjoy – one parent commented that she felt inspired and motivated to finish a knitting project before she returns to work.