A person who once found excitement in their profession becomes disengaged. They are on edge, particularly with coworkers. Tasks are taking longer to complete and they can't seem to stay on track. They look physically tired. They are late for work and call in sick frequently. Their work ethic has tanked. Should you be annoyed or worried?

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Happy New Year, everyone! I know I’m a bit late on the ball here, but since I’ve decided to shun New Year’s resolutions in favor of one simple edict - read more - I figured I’d start my reading year by looking back at the Library’s most popular adult titles of 2019.

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It’s winter. I know that. But, I am going to use an analogy from summer to help you to get 2020 vision on your goals for the upcoming year.

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"Hi, this is Nannette. I have been a volunteer at EBCL for the past 5 yrs.

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"What do you think you want to do for a career?" I remember being asked this question numerous times as long ago as my junior year of high school in early 1985. I had no idea at all!

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Was I ever relieved and happy to find the East Bonner County Public Library in Sandpoint, a little over two and a half years ago. Little did I know, it would change my life.

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It’s that time of year again. Sweaty palms and pounding heartbeat cuing the start of a race. The rush of a deadline can be highly motivating and it spikes my adrenaline every time as my fingers sprint across the keyboard. An entire month devoted to reaching a 50,000-word count? Yes, please!

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” - Jodi Picoult

Many writers participate in National Novel Writing Month as a way to sharpen their skills and develop a better routine to facilitate their writing goals. Getting started, generating enthusiasm, respecting the deadline, and cultivating determination, focus and a strong work ethic is all part of National Novel Writing Month.

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“Eat your veggies. They’re good for you.” This infamous phrase likely brings back memories of dinner table stand-offs. For many of us, doing what’s good for us doesn’t come easy, and dare I say, isn’t always enjoyable. Why can’t we just choose to do things that are both good for us, AND enjoyable?

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We have more than twice as many volunteers as staff. Without their help in nearly every department, our library would be a very different place. They do far more than just shelving. Volunteers make many of the programs and services you love possible. Now they are helping us to expand our library so that we can offer you even more.

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Winter has truly arrived. It’s a great time to read some of those books you’ve been meaning to get around to. That’s what I plan to do, and I’m pretty sure if you’re reading this post on the library blog, you may have similar plans. I know that my co-workers certainly do. I’ve lost count of how many of them so far just this season have said, “On days like this, I’d rather be home enjoying a good book.” For all of us who find ourselves absorbed in a great read from time to time, those words have likely crossed our lips in one iteration or another more than once. Few experiences are more comforting during our long winters.

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I’ve long been intrigued, as well as annoyed, by the power of habits. Good habits keep you on track toward your goals (until they get derailed), and bad habits can be depressingly hard to break, as anyone with an addiction to tobacco or TV or cat memes knows. So, I decided to try to create some habits of my own, to see how hard it really was. 

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Do you work? Whether your answer to that question is “Way too much” or “Of course, but I wish I didn’t,” I strongly suspect it’s something in the affirmative, because we all work, one way or another. You might work in the home, or in the office, or in the field, or in the forest, or… you get the picture. But you work. And whether you enjoy it or not (I sincerely hope the former), there are tons of resources out there to make your working life more manageable. And…drumroll… many of these resources can be found at your Library!

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