Meet Your Goals This Summer with Help from Your Local Library

Meet Your Goals This Summer with Help from Your Local Library

If you haven’t been to your local library lately, you may not be aware of the many digital resources that can help you achieve summer-related goals such as home improvement, gardening and staying fit. The library isn’t just for books; patrons can also take advantage of resources including digital magazines, eBooks and audiobooks that can be accessed from a laptop or mobile device.

Here are five ways your library can help make summer more enjoyable and productive:

sign the pledge to vote for libraries! 

(SPONSORED CONTENT — Resources Brought to You by EBSCO Information Services at Libraries Across the County)

1. Home Exterior Improvement Tips and Tricks

Warm summer months bring thoughts of outdoor activities, gathering with friends and traveling, but they also remind us to tackle tasks that are necessary while the weather is nice, and home improvement is certainly one of them. If you’re planning on improvements such as painting, adding a new addition, building a porch or replacing your windows, check out your local library for some helpful resources that save time and money:

  • eBooks: Create Your Dream House and Garden: 52 Brilliant Little Ideas for Big Home Improvements, by Jem Cook, How to Fix Absolutely Anything: A Homeowners Guide by Nicole Smith, and The Complete Guide to Contracting Your Home by Kent Lester and Dave McGuerty
  • Digital magazines: This Old House, Outdoor Rooms, The Family Handyman, and Homebuilding & Renovating
  • Audiobook Recommendations: The Big Tiny: A Built-it-myself Memoir by Dee Williams, and Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World, by Mark Frauenfelder

2. Gardening for Amateurs and Professionals

For some, gardening is an enjoyable hobby that helps them achieve mindfulness while taking advantage of warmer weather. Visit your local library for resources that can help take the guesswork out of gardening, while offering tips and techniques that gardeners of all levels will find helpful:

  • eBooks: Gardening Myths and Misconceptions by Charles Dowding, Easy Edibles: How to Grow and Enjoy Fresh Food by Judy Barrett, and The Biggle Garden Book: Vegetables, Small Fruits and Flowers for Pleasure and Profit by Jacob Biggle
  • Digital magazines: Country Gardens, Horticulture, Good Organic Gardening, Fine Gardening and Garden Making
  • Audiobooks: The Pleasures of the Garden by Christina Hardyment, and Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall

3. Fitness for All Ages

Summer is in full swing and with the season’s launch comes barbecues, summer parties, and frozen cocktails. Your library offers helpful digital resources that provide tips on staying active and eating healthy so you and your family members can enjoy all that summer has to offer:

  • eBooks: 10,000 Steps a Day in L.A.: 52 Walking Adventures by Paul Haddad, No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar, and Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You by Brant Secunda and Mark Allen
  • Digital magazines: Yoga Journal, WellBeing, Runner’s World, Youth Runner, Dr. Oz: The Good Life, and Clean Eating
  • Audiobooks: Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure and Darlene Schacht, The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer by Gretchen Reynolds, and Formula 50: A 6-week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life by 50 Cent

If you’re interested in accessing eBooks, digital magazines, or audiobooks, visit your local library website or ask your librarian. The digital downloads listed above are available to libraries through EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO eBooks, Audiobooks, and Flipster digital magazines are easy to access and download from any location. Visit or, and follow us on Twitter to learn more.

(SPONSORED CONTENT— Resources Brought to You by EBSCO Information Services at Libraries Across the County)