Winters in Central New York can be long, cold, and snowy. The Kirkland Town Library is here to help pass the time until the spring sunshine with unique activities for all ages designed to bust your boredom.
How It Works
Download and print a board game or stop by the Library and pick up a paper copy.
Hop and skip along the game board’s path, choosing the activities that you would like to do. The instructions for each activity are listed below.
On the board game, color in or check off the squares of the activities you complete. At the end of the month, bring your completed board back to the Library.
Everyone who does at least one activity earns this month’s prize.
For each additional activity, you earn a ticket that can be redeemed in April for items on our prize board.
January Activities: Nourish
Activity 1: Borrow something from the KTL
Borrow a book or movie by visiting our building or through our curbside service. Everyone who checks out an item in this month will receive a special surprise!
The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 until 7:30 p.m.; Fridays from 9 until 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 until 1 p.m. Check the homepage or our Facebook page for any weather-related closings.
If you prefer not to come inside, let us know what materials you would like; curbside service is available whenever the Library is open.
We also offer home delivery. Call us at 315-853-2038 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our delivery schedule.
Looking for suggestions and recommendations?
· Visit the Newest Arrivals page to see the newest items added to our collection.
· Search for a book you enjoyed on the online library catalog. Click on the link for “You May Also Like” and get recommendations of other books and authors.
· We post “staff picks” on our Facebook page.
Activity 2: Grow some sunshine
Starting January 11, stop by our curbside pick-up area to get all the supplies you need to grow a sunflower at home. While supplies last.
Activity 3: Discover the benefits of meditation
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.”
Here are some ways to discover it at home.
· Your Present by Susie Mantell
· Essential Meditations with Eckhart Tolle
Want More ?
Activity 4: Check out a nourishing book, audio book, or podcast
Nourishing can mean “promoting or sustaining life, growth, or strength.” This could include books about psychology, cooking, gardening, spirituality, or whatever feeds your soul.
Check out this list of KTL staff recommendations or choose one of your own.
Picture Books for Kids
Chapter Books for Kids
Young Adult Books
Adult Fiction Books
Non Fiction Books
· The Human Condition: Contemplation and Transformation
by Thomas Keating
· Chicken Soup For the Soul with Amy Newmark
· Dear Therapists with Lori Gottlieb and Guy Winch
· The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
· On Being with Krista Tippett
· She Explores with Gale Straub
· Unlocking Us with Brene Brown
Activity 5: Sign up for the .5K
Our third annual Point 5K Run/Walk takes you 1/3 of a mile from “where the sidewalk ends” (the Clinton Cider Mill) to where “everything else begins” (the Kirkland Town Library).
You can walk, run, stroll, hop, skip, or roll your way along the route. The event is on Saturday, January 30 at 9 a.m.
Sign up now! Register online at here or stop by the Library to pick up a paper registration form.
Activity 6: Share a recipe
Share your favorite comfort food recipe with us either by typing it in the form below, dropping it off in person, or by emailing it to email@example.com. (Photos, website links, copies, and handwritten recipes are all gratefully accepted.) We’ll compile them all into a cookbook that will be distributed later this month.
Activity 8: Get some exercise at home
Try these fast, easy workouts in your own living room!
We’ve hand-picked these YouTube videos to get your heart rate up without leaving the house.
· 9-minute HIIT Workout For Beginners by 8Fit. Give a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout a try with this short video.
· 10 Minute Living Room Workout from the British Heart Association. This is a great workout for beginners. Not too intense!
· Dance Classes by Move With Colour. Exercise is easier with music! Get your heart rate up and learn some funky and classic dance moves with a fun Australian instructor. Try Disco Funk or Classic 80s.
Looking for more?
· Borrow a Geri Fit DVD from our collection. You can also borrow weights and stretch bands!
· Try the “Couch to Point 5K” workout in Activity 16.
Activity 9: Play “Nailed It”
Follow one of these recipes to make a cute snack. When you’re done, take a photo and share it with us by emailing it to Clinton@midyork.org or texting it to 315-938-8310.
Just like the television show “Nailed It,” we’ll compare your creation to the original and see if you met the challenge.
Activity 10: Build a snowman
Create a snowman in your yard and send us a picture. At the end of the month we’ll let our patrons vote for their favorite and the winner will win a snow-related prize. You can email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or text it to 315-938-8310.
Activity 11: Make an outdoor ornament
Pick up the supplies you need to create an outdoor ornament for the birds and wildlife in your yard. Available at our curbside pick-up area starting January 11 (while supplies last).
You can also look around your home for the supplies and follow these instructions.
Activity 12: Read a food magazine on RB Digital
There are more than 20 food and cooking magazines on RB Digital, our digital magazine app. Check one out that looks delicious and see if you can find a new recipe.
Need help getting started with RB Digital? Call 315-853-2038 or email Clinton@midyork.org to make an appointment with one of our staff. Or, watch a video with step-by-step instructions.
Activity 13: Borrow a puzzle from the Library
Our puzzle exchange is packed with free puzzles from easy-to-assemble kids to 1,000 piece jigsaws. Take one or leave one; they are free to all.
The puzzle exchange is located in the vestibule by the main entrance and curbside pick up area.
Activity 14: Try yoga or Zumba
Local instructors have invited our patrons to some special yoga and Zumba classes this month.
Kids/Family Yoga with Sara Miller
Live on Zoom on Monday, January 18 at 11 a.m.
This class is geared toward kids ages 2-7 but is fun for the whole family. In this class, you’ll find nourishment for mind and body through breath, movement and a book, calming breath work, positive affirmations, songs and dance, sun salutations, and partner or family poses,
Pre-register by calling 315-853-2038 or emailing email@example.com; a Zoom link will be provided to all those who registered.
Zumba with Helen Dick
Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:15 p.m. on Zoom starting Jan. 11
Pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 315-853-1844. Helen will message participants with the meeting ID and password.
Activity 15: Make a bath bomb
Starting on January 18, stop by our curbside pick up area to get the supplies you need to make a relaxing bath bomb. Use it to relax and unwind or gift it to a friend. While supplies last.
Activity 16: Train for the .5K
Every race needs a training plan, even if it’s only 1/3 of a mile. Try our very own “Couch to Point 5K” training program.
Download a copy here or pick up a paper copy at the Library.
Activity 17: Get organized with bullet journaling
Bullet journaling is a fun way to combine creativity and organization.
Starting on January 25, stop by our curbside pick up area to get some supplies and instructions for how you can get started creating your own bullet journal.
Activity 18: Learn about massage
A self-massage can help you alleviate tension, increase your circulation and lower your stress level. There are a few easy and free ways you can give yourself a basic self-massage at home.
First, find a relaxing spot. Choosing a favorite chair or spot on the couch can help you unwind even more. Turn off the television, silence your cell phone, and hang a “do not disturb” sign on your door. You might choose to light a candle, put on some favorite music, or even turn off the lights. You might choose to use a lotion or cream with a soothing scent.
Start with your head, neck, and shoulders. Squeeze the base of your neck with one hand, moving it upward, squeezing, and releasing as you go. Use both hands to move your fingers in a circular pattern, rubbing the base of your skull, moving down your neck, and along your shoulders. Move your fingertips in small circles along your whole head. Let your thumbs move along the bottom of your scalp near your neck.
Give your hands a massage by rubbing all the fingers of your left hand with your right with a circular motion that moves from the base of the finger to the tip, focusing on the joints. Try gently pulling each finger. Then, put your thumb on the palm of your hand and your fingers on the back. Make a circular motion, rubbing the pads of the fingers, the fleshy part between the thumb and wrist, and anywhere else needed.
Get a tennis ball and sit in a chair. Roll the ball gently beneath each foot, rolling it under the arch, along the outer edge, and under the toes and heel. Then, try doing the same motion while standing up.
(Massage tips adapted from Canyon Ranch.)
Check out these videos for more tips:
Activity 19: Pick up a packet of word games
We created some literary-themed word games and compiled them into a brochure that is available to be picked up at Kinney Drugs, CVS Pharmacy, Hannaford, and the laundromats in Clinton and Clark Mills.
Activity 20: Count up your squares
Tally up the number of activities you have completed and bring your completed board back to the Library. Everyone who does at least one activity earns this month’s prize. For each additional activity, you earn a ticket that can be redeemed in April for items on our prize board. The fun continues with more activities in February and March.