TWINSBURG — Many people make resolutions when a new year starts to do something to improve their lives. Eat better. Take up a hobby. Learn a new skill.

The Twinsburg Public Library has many resources that can help people keep those resolutions.

Cari Dubiel, adult library and information sciences manager at the Twinsburg Public Library, said a highlight at the library this year is the year-around Twinsburg Can Cook program, which kicks off Jan. 16 with Chef April Thompson giving a demonstration on how to prepare healthy foods. Dubiel said the library will host cooking-related activities through the year for both children and adults.

"We will have a mid-year event a well as an end-of-the-year event," Dubiel said.

The library also has a variety of online databases that those with a library card can access for free, Dubiel said.

"We have databases we wish people would take advantage of," she said.

Those looking to save money or start investing can access the Morningstar Investment Research Center or ValueLine Investment Survey, Dubiel said. Want to learn a new language? Visit Transparent Languages. Looking to try a new hobby? Check out the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center or Creativebug from JoAnn Fabrics. The library also gives patrons access to the Home Improvement Reference Center or Chilton Library, for those wanting to learn more about home improvement or vehicle maintenance repair.

There are also several genealogy and research databases available, Dubiel said.

To access these and more databases, visit online.

The Twinsburg Public Library also has resources for prospective and current authors. Those looking to publish their work can submit their writing to the Indie Author Project. Dubiel said she has sent a book to be published there.

"My book was chosen a while ago, about four years ago," Dubiel said. "I have about 5,200 downloads. We have two publications we've published through our two writers groups."

Those visiting the library website also can find a link to Pressbooks Public, which allows authors to make their book available on sites such as Amazon,Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace and more.

Historians can not only find an array of digitized collections of historical photos and documents about Twinsburg, but can peruse the digital collections from other libraries and sources.

"We have a lot of digitized history," Dubiel said.

The library's online resources are available at any time, Dubiel said.

"Databases can appeal to adults who may not have time to come into the library," she said. "Our most popular databases are and Udemy."

Other highlights

Dubiel said the Twinsburg Public Library also will highlight the 2020 U.S. Census.

"We will have Census Day April 1," she said. "There will be staff available that day to help people access the website and put in their information."

Another highlight will be the Blax Museum Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dubiel said the museum is inspired by the Wax Museum program done by the fifth-graders in the Twinsburg Schools. Twinsburg resident Michelle R. Smith has organized the event, which will honor notable black figures in American history. The event takes place after hours at the library.

Children are encouraged to participate in the Winter Reading Club, which runs through Feb. 29, Dubiel said. This is for infants through sixth grade.

Upcoming activities


• Adult Open Mic Night, Feb. 5, 6 to 8 p.m.

• Cookbook Club, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

• 50 Book Challenge Kick-Off Party, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.

• Healthy Soul Food Cooking, Feb. 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Children and teens

• Lego Maker Monday, Feb. 3, 3 to 4:30 p.m., grades seven through 12

• Kitchen Science, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., kindergarten through fourth grade

• Teen Taste Test, Jan. 17, 3 p.m., for grades seven through 12

• Cook from a Book: Vegetable Soup, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m., ages 2 to 5

• Baby Signs, Jan. 30-March 19, 6 to 6:30 p.m., for birth through 36 months

• Coffee for a Cause, Feb. 22, 6:45 to 10 p.m., for grades seven through 12.

• The Great Backyard BirdCount, starts Feb. 14, 2 to 2:30 p.m., for kindergarten through sixth grade.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423,, or @AprilKHelms_RPC