A relationship is the way in which two or more concepts, objects or people are connected or simply the state of being connected.
One can have all sorts of relationships -- with your parents or siblings, romantic relationships, workplace relationships, friendships.
We have some materials on this topic at the library that you might find useful or even entertaining.
In the book "Play Well With Others: Develop Effective Work Relationships," by Susan Heathfield, you might find out that if you cannot get along well with your co-workers, you might never accomplish your work mission. This books lists the top seven ways you can improve your work relationships.
Have you ever wanted to apologize to someone you're in a relationship with but don't know exactly the best way to go about it?
You might find the book "Five Languages of Apology: How to Experience Healing in All Relationships," by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas, helpful. The authors also wrote the New York Times Best-Seller, "The Five Languages of Love."
"The Package Deal: My (Not So) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom," by Izzy Rose, is for the sisterhood of stepmoms. Rose found herself in this situation and writes about her journey from career woman to taking on a family with two teenage boys.
Couples can find useful rules to follow by reading "Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up," by Harriett Lerner. This book offers new solutions to age-old problems in a very easy format.
If you are a woman who does all the giving in a relationship with a man who enjoys taking it, John B. Arden has written a book, "Stop Spoiling That Man: Turn Your Needy Guy into an Equal, Loving Partner," to offer suggestions. Learn how to launch an "unspoiling" campaign.
The book, "The Smart Stepdad, The Steps That Help You Succeed," by Ron Deal, offers practical advice to stepdads and covers all the bases of various relationships that are a part of their lives. The author untangles complicated relationships with simple, sensible advice.
DVDs also are available with fictionalized accounts of some of these topics. Some are serious in nature, and some are comical. But you never know; you could pick up a few tips or relate to the characters.
"Mr. Woodcock," "Marry Me," "Table for Three," "Evening," "The Breakup Artist," "Heights" and "The Blindside" are just a few that would fit the bill.
So you see, there's much information in many formats and subjects at the library.
Why not start by beginning a relationship with your library?
Mary Jo Berkes is the branch manager at the Beaufort library.