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Financial Fitness for the New Year

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Stacks of coins

New Year’s Resolutions are all about finally doing what you’re supposed to do, especially when what you’re supposed to do induces misery. This year, instead of resolving to exercise more, or to cut back on sweets, why not deal with your retirement? Personal finance and 401(k)s aren’t thrilling, but at least you won’t have to get off your couch in the middle of winter to deal with them. If you need a basic primer on personal finance, investment information, or the background knowledge behind retirement planning, we have tons of books to help. Even better, we have several e-books, listed under the subject “Finance.”

If you want to start looking into stocks and mutual funds, we have some great databases to help. Although Value Line Research Center can only be accessed from inside one of the UAPL branches, we have two other databases that you can use from home:

Just remember - you’ll need your UAPL card number and PIN to access our online resources! Good luck!

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens’ story of an unlovable old miser in Victorian England who is transformed into a kind, compassionate, even generous, person on Christmas Eve has been a staple of the season since it was first published in 1843.  The power of the Christmas spirit(s) to unlock Scrooge’s sad and lonely heart is known to people around the world.  It has caused many of us to open our hearts as wellEtching of Scrooge seated in front of his fireplace

In the preface to the first edition Dickens wrote:

I have endeavored in the Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

The work has inspired many different versions including films (more than 12), animated movies, television shows, stage plays and children’s stories. Novels for Students contends, however, that “the novel remains the most popular and poignant telling of the tale”.   

Do you have a favorite version?  If so, you can probably find it at the library.  So make yourself comfortable, pour yourself a mug of “smoking bishop” and settle in to read or watch it one more time in honor of the season.