Top 10 Things to Do in January

Not only is it a new month, it’s a whole new year. There’s a lot of pressure to recreate yourself and become a “new you,” but what if you don’t become new, what if you just become a slightly better version of the you that you already are? Here are just a few things you can do this month with CALS that can set you on a new path in 2024 (or at the very least, get you out of the house).

  1. Learn a new language
    • With Mango Languages, you can dive into a new language; the learning is divided into chapters that get increasingly challenging. Choose from over 60 languages. Sign up here.
  2. Get Organized
    • If you’re looking for direction (or just inspiration) to get organized, look no further than Marie Kondo and The Home Edit from Clea Shearer.
  3. Made in Arkansas Film Festival – Reel Realities: A Night of Documentary Shorts (Jan. 11, 7 p.m.)
    • This event will occur monthly, so plan accordingly. The first month kicks off with seven short documentaries plus a Q&A session with filmmakers. Buy tickets here.
  4. Get to know Kanopy
    • With your CALS card you get 30 credits each month (most movies “cost” 3 credits). Watch TV series, short films, and new releases from A24, BBC, PBS and more. Log in here.
  5. Expand your skills with LinkedIn Learning
    • With over 16,000 videos, there’s something new to learn with LinkedIn Learning. Expert-led training in an on-demand format allows you to work at your own pace. Choose from a variety of business, creative, and technology skills. Get started today.
  6. Start a book club
    • And let CALS help! Book club kits are an easy way to manage your book club; simply reserve your title and pick up 10 copies all at once. Kits book out early, so plan your whole year now. Learn more about CALS book club kits here.
  7. Volunteer with CALS
    • Start the year off by giving back to your community through CALS. If you have a knack for math, CountUP could use your help as a tutor. If your skills are a little more general, sign up to be a volunteer with CALS. They help throughout the system with day-to-day activities but also help with specific things like the CALS Used Book Sale and the Six Bridges Book Festival.
  8. Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing – Exhibition on Screen (Jan 13, 4 p.m.)
    • If you enjoyed the screening of “Klimt and the Kiss,” then you need to carve out the time to experience this exhibition on screen. Buy tickets here.
  9. Digitize your Business Series (Jan 29-Feb 2)
    • If starting your own business is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, then look no further. The Digital Services team has created a week-long series that will help you design, budget and email your way to a lucrative side hustle. Register for all five events or only the ones you need help with.
  10. Find out more about your family
    • You’ve done the 23 and Me, so you know who your family is, but do you really know who they were? With the help of Roberts Library you can dive into a variety of local and national resources. Dig through the resources here and stay up to date on events to help you become a genealogy sleuth.