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Kershaw County Library offers programs to keep New Year’s Resolutions

Posted: January 3, 2015 11:54 a.m.
Updated: December 31, 2014 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Library (KCL) has set in motion a series of events to help people keep their New Year’s Resolutions.

The KCL will offer programs through January and February they hope will serve to enhance the mind, body and home life as part of “Resolution Revolution.”

Amy Schofield, director of the KCL, said the library already does a lot concerning the act of personal transformation, so she felt it was appropriate to pull members from the community to share their knowledge of topics dealing with common New Year’s Resolutions with the public.

“The idea is to divide programs and center them around resolutions that people normally want,” Schofield said.

Book discussions will be held in all KCL locations throughout January and February to enrich the mind.

“Even the act of reading is transformative,” Schofield said.

Author and University of South Carolina Professor Pat McNeely will discuss her book “Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign,” which chronicles General William T. Sherman’s famed March through Georgia and the Carolinas and takes a psychological approach to his wage of war on civilians. Also, Dr. Bill Funderburk will moderate a related series of discussions on Civil War and reconstruction.

The body category is geared towards health, considering that one of the most popular resolutions is to eat healthier and/or exercise more. To help people keep this resolution, the library will offer a series of workshops, lead by Julie Trott from Tri-County Hospice, dealing with mental health, understanding nutritional labels and the benefits of chocolate in all locations. Local chef and nutritionist Scott Freiberg will offer cooking classes that will teach people how to cook healthy and nutritious foods. Aside from these programs, the library will provide access to a host of DVDs, books and electronic resources for people to check out that will further give them ways to keep and act upon their resolutions.

The home life category will cover a broad area of subcategories ranging from budgeting money to gardening. Mid Carolina Credit Union will conduct seminars on areas related to expenditures and finances, such as purchasing a home or car and budgeting money. A discussion on credit repair, car repair and car maintenance will also be offered.

Dr. John Moncure from the Montessori School of Camden will be at the library Jan. 13 as part of the home life series to inform parents about alternative options for educating their children.

Although the focuses of the program, the listed categories are not the only resolution topics the library can assist with.

“Even if someone does not connect with any programs, we can connect them to what they want,” Schofield said.

As another incentive to helping people meet their resolution goals, the library will offer free salad cups to the first 75 people who pick up a resolution form from the library, write what they did to complete their goal and bring the form back the week of Feb. 22-28.

The “Resolution Revolution” program is free to the public. For more information, stop by the Camden, Elgin or Bethune libraries, or visit the website at


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