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In a survey conducted by Statistic Brain in 2016, "Learn something exciting" came in at number six on the top 10 list of New Year's resolutions. Even more telling is the data collected regarding popularity of resolutions by category. Of the people surveyed, 47 percent identified self-improvement or education-related resolutions as their goal for the new year, far surpassing the other categories of health, financial and relationship-related resolutions.

The good news is this: patrons of Delta County Libraries can achieve self-improvement and education-related goals while also accounting for the popular financial-related resolution to "save more, spend less." Along with the more obvious access to books and other materials, public computers and internet, and programming for all ages, there are some less-known resources that can make learning something exciting in the new year possible.

Those who dream of traveling abroad, advancing career possibilities, or simply having fun by learning a new language need look no further than Delta County Libraries online library. Mango Languages offers online courses in 72 languages and opens up a world of possibilities for users. Whether you want to enroll in one of their most popular courses like Spanish, Chinese or French, or you are looking for something less common like Swahili, Icelandic, or American Sign Language, Mango Languages will help you meet your goal. In addition, Mango offers specialty courses in various topics like endangered languages, medical Spanish, religious and scholarly, and slang. Thirteen-year-old library patron Benji Lloyd is using Mango to learn pirate. "I only have one lesson left!" Lloyd says. "It's really easy to use. You listen to the lesson first and then it quizzes you." When asked if he can say something in pirate, Lloyd exclaims, "ARRR, we be men of fortune!"

If learning pirate or another new language is not on your bucket list, then Universal Class might be more suited to help you meet your New Year's resolution. Universal Class is also available through the online library and offers over 500 continuing education courses.

Access is easy through the link provided on Delta County Libraries website. Using a library card to log in, set up a user name and password and then begin to explore the possibilities. Courses in accounting, office skills, business, parenting, career training, auto mechanics, alternative medicine, web development, real estate and many more are available.

The resolution-setters of Delta County have many options to consider this year. Likely, the number of people considering a resolution is higher than most would think. According to the Statistic Brain study referenced earlier, 45 percent of Americans usually make a New Year's resolution. Applying that same percentage to Delta County, over 12,000 people are likely contemplating their resolution for 2017. Mango Languages and Universal Class are both opportunities to make those resolutions a reality.

"I really believe there is something of value for everyone through our online library," says Leah Morris, collections development administrator for Delta County Libraries. "I would love to see our patrons take advantage of these resources not only as a New Year's resolution but year-round."

Visit the Delta County Libraries website at http://deltalibraries.org/databases/ to get started!

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