Mix Messages – Grab a Trapper Keeper Mix


I never understood the allure of New Year’s Resolutions, especially in New England. Unless my resolution was to complain more about the bitter cold, spend more time under the covers snuggling with my dog, or to become an understudy to a hermit. The frosty months of January and February make it difficult to eat more salads, or get jazzercised about a new workout regimen.

Autumn is a different story.

Though I haven’t been to school in twenty years, there’s something about September that has me eyeballing school supplies (pencil cases especially for some reason) and getting ready to dig into something new. Could it be the crisper days? Fall is an introspective season, a turning inward, yet with weather still comfortable enough to spend time outdoors. This is the time of year I try to build a new habit into my routine, or to learn something new. So I make School Year Resolutions.

The library has many resources if you would like to join me in making a School Year Resolution. The library offers computer classes. There are also online classes like Mango for languages, Lynda for computer and technical skills, and Universal Class for continuing education and personal enrichment.

Do you want to exercise more? The library has workout DVDs as well as workout classes on Hoopla.

Start meditating? Check out the library’s books, and guided mediations on CD. Even better, attend meditation groups led by community teachers that meet at the library twice a week.

Beginning something new can mean setbacks, as well as not being good at something for a long time. I made a mix to encourage you to keep going, or to simply help you get in the Back to School Groove.

Celebrate your life, whatever it looks like right now. Grab a Trapper Keeper, and shine your light.

The Trapper Keeper Mix is available on Spotify. The library is not endorsing Spotify; there is a free level of membership if you decide to sign up. Click on the song to see the video (I linked to the official video when possible.) Or check out the artists in our CD collection!

Finally / M.I.A.

Scare Away the Dark / Passenger (please note this song contains explicit lyrics.)

Hard Time / Seinabo Sey

Renegades  / X Ambassadors

Hold on tight / Greg Holden

Work that / Mary J. Blige

Lush Life  / Zara Larsson

Try Everything / Shakira

How you like me now / The Heavy

Shine / Elmo


Mix Messages is written by library assistant Heather Armitage. She enjoys reading fiction and humorous essays, traveling, trying new vegetarian recipes, and dancing in the kitchen. She’s grateful her dog, Floyd, doesn’t judge her moves. If you have suggestions for future Mix Messages, please email her at hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com


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