*Protect What You’ve Worked For on Monday, April 3 from 6:45 to 7:45 pm

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Whether approaching retirement or recently retired, this program will share strategies designed to help guard your most valuable assets and protect your pre- and post-retirement income. Discusses the impact of longevity, withdrawal strategies, and inflation on your financial resources.
*To reserve your seat, please call us at 309-243-5716.

*College Admissions 101 on Monday, April 10 from 6:45 to 7:45

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Early application…E​arly decision…SAT subject tests. The college admissions process is complicated. This seminar examines trends in college admissions and helps demystify the process.
Presented by Deb Clay of College Knowledge.
Designed for high school sophomores & juniors and their parents.
***Registration requested.  To reserve your seat, please call the library at 309-243-5716.

Wellmobile on Monday, April 17 from 8 to 10:30 am

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Drop in for a cholesterol screen (requires an 8-12 hour fast), blood pressure check, and spirometry (lung function) test. No registration. Free.

*Positive Thinking…When Life Gives Us Lemons on Tuesday, April 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

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Positive thinking is powerful! It can help turn a difficult situation into one that’s manageable — and sometimes even enjoyable. Learn how to look on the bright side and bring more happiness, connection, and gratitude to your life.
*Registration requested. Please call the library at 309-243-5716 to reserve your seat.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Rabble @ Your Library

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Meets from 11am to 1pm on the 4th Thursday of every month (usually) after all we are a rabble!
Bring your rigid heddle loom, wind a warp, work on a project. If you don’t know what all of this means, join us and we’ll show you how we creatively use up our yarn stash. Open format.

Walk-n-Talk Book Club

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Meets the 4th Thursday of the month, January – October at 10:00 am.

We’ll walk the trail and discuss books!

Title: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Author: Angela Duckworth

Join us on Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 am to discuss Grit by Angela Duckworth.

In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.

In Grit, she takes readers into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Among Grit’s most valuable insights:

*Why any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal
*How grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances
*How lifelong interest is triggered
*How much of optimal practice is suffering and how much ecstasy
*Which is better for your child—a warm embrace or high standards
*The magic of the Hard Thing Rule

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.

–Barnes & Noble

Battle of the Books! March 1-31

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Battle of the Books Bracket 2017 YA/Adult

Battle of the Books Bracket 2017 Juvenile

Turn in your filled out bracket by March 10!!

Like books and basketball? Fill out a book bracket with your picks for favorite book and turn it in by March 10.

Then, vote on your favorites and follow the results as they’re posted on the bulletin board in the children’s area.

Collect points for correct guesses and win prizes!

Bracket can be picked up at the front desk or printed online.  All ages can play!!

Maker Monday: Every Monday 4:00 – 7:00 pm

LEGO Club joins Maker Monday on March 13 at 4:00 Work by yourself of in teams to meet the monthly challenge! Learn about all things Maker Space!  Every Monday our sewing machines, embroidery machine, MaKey MaKey kits, and Mario Maker will be available to use.  Discover the 3D printer and create on TinkerCAD. Open to all ages!!!

Mental @erobics @ Your Library

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Smart-Brain-Games

Thursdays @ 1 pm before chair yoga @ 2 — come to one or both!

Time to stretch YOUR grey matter! Play a variety of brain games to stimulate your mind AND have fun!

Our brain exercise time together is approximately 45 min.

CACTUS Club @ Your Library

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Creative Artists & Crafters Tackle Unfinished Stuff Club

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Usually the 1st Friday of the month from 10:00 until noon (drop-in style).

Our next meeting will be on April 7!

Our challenge (if you choose to participate) is to create something with leprechauns or a Celtic theme!

We provide the tables…you bring your unfinished projects to work on. Meet others to share ideas & learn new techniques!

Hope you can join us. Bring a friend!