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March 2018

Musical Irish Traveler

March 29 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Travel through Ireland with a Magical Irish Traveler!  Experience magic, music, stories, and ventriloquism.  Learn an Irish jig, hear an enchanted flute, and help make the music. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library.  It is FREE and open to all--no registration is required. For additional information, please contact Theresa at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 3350.

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April 2018

Film and Seed Swap: Seed: the Untold Story

April 5 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. They have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Join us for film screening of Seed: The Untold Story. This movie follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend…

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Songkran Lunar New Year Celebration

April 8 @ 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Songkran is a lunar new year festival most famously celebrated in Thailand but is also celebrated in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (though known as Thingyan there), Northern India (Sangken), Sri Lanka, and in parts of Southern China and Northern Vietnam. The festival occurs on the fourth Hindu lunar month and revolves around the cleansing power of water. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University, along with its language programs and student organizations, host this year's celebration at the…

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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

April 20 - April 22

Join us this weekend the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. You’ll find some great bargains. Sunday will be $5.00 for an entire bag of books! We are currently collecting donations. Let us recycle your used books, CDs, and DVDs to new owners! Please only donate items that are in good, clean, and saleable condition. We are NOT accepting encyclopedias, textbooks, record albums, or videotapes at this time.  You can drop your items off at the Circulation Desk of…

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The Essentials of Estate Planning

April 23 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Estate planning is essential to everyone’s lifelong plan, it is not just for the wealthy. It involves not only passing on assets such as real estate, personal property, and financial assets, but also planning for others to make decisions for you, should you become incapacitated or die. A well-thought out estate plan can help you provide for loved ones while managing taxes and ensuring that your wishes are carried out. Estate planning is the key to making sure that everything…

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Author Visit: Kate Hannigan

April 24 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children’s author Kate Hannigan will be sharing her book for tweens, The Detective’s Assistant, providing related activities. She will also be engaging the audience about the craft of writing, and what inspired her to write this book, winner of the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction! Weaving in history along with ciphers and mysteries both large and small, The Detective's Assistant looks at the events leading up to Lincoln's inauguration in 1861 as the nation began to tear at the seams. Nell…

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Approaching Retirement on TRS or SURS

April 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you worried about the Illinois state budget and the impact on TRS and SURS? Putting together a solid savings plan for your future and developing a clear understanding of your retirement benefits is one of the best strategies to ensure a confident, enjoyable retirement. We will review the “Windfall Elimination Provision” and “Government Pension Offset” that affects pensioners past Social Security benefits and how they are calculated. We will introduce strategies that are only available to Teachers Retirement System…

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Taking Advantage of the New Tax Rules

April 25 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lawmakers passed a sweeping tax overhaul in December, 2017. Several of the most anticipated changes — such as a significant increase in the standard deduction and the curtailing of state and local income tax breaks — made the final cut of the bill. Some of the most controversial proposals, like eliminating the medical deduction, were wiped away. In this presentation we’ll discuss the key provisions of the final package and the effect these changes will have on you. Securities Offered…

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Social Security’s Best Kept Secrets

April 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Did you know a married couple has over 80 different strategies for how they can claim their benefits? With Social Security planning, it’s not “one size fits all”, and if you’re not looking into all your options for collecting, you’re probably making an expensive mistake. Don’t be one of the average retirees that leaves potentially thousands of dollars unused! In this course, you’ll learn the secrets to maximize your benefits. Whether you’ll be working while collecting, will be retiring in…

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Fairy Tales for Adults

April 28 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Ron Allison returns with his fourth installment of Fairy Tales for Adults! This time, he will be discussing a Russian tale, The Frog Princess, and Grimms’ The Girl Without Hands. Mr. Allison’s approach grew out of his long-standing love of European fairy tales and encounters with storytellers who opened up the possibilities of using fairy tales for self-examination among adult audiences. Much like dream analysis, this approach posits the possibility of viewing the narratives as metaphorical of our own psychodynamics,…

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