Due to COVID-19, in-person programs at the library will not take place until further notice. All community programs offered will be virtual. SNAP Help is available by phone or email. See information below.

The library sponsors a variety of informational programs and services provided to the public by local individuals, organizations, and businesses. Our current offerings are listed below in alphabetical order. You may also view community programs by date. Registration is requested for most of these programs so we can provide enough seating and handout materials. If a program does not require registration, it will be marked as drop-in. Programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Financial Literacy Classes

Presented by the University of Illinois Extension for Financial Literacy Month. Watch on demand between April 1-30 on YouTube. There is no need to register.

  • Unequal Access to Credit
    Explore some of the challenges of obtaining credit as well as learning about unfair lending practices that create barriers to accessing the mainstream credit market.
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  • Credit Secrets Revealed
    Why is credit such a mystery? What’s the difference between a credit score, credit report and credit history? Learn this and more.
    Watch Now

Paying for Care with Veteran’s Benefits

Find out about eligibility for the VA Pension with Aid and Attendance in which Wartime Veterans and spouses can receive monthly pension to pay for assisted living care in the home or in an assisted living community. How to protect your life savings and your home from rising healthcare and or nursing care costs will also be discussed. Join us online using Zoom for this live event with Jerry Schmitt CFP, VA Accredited Claims Agent. You will receive the Zoom invitation link upon registration and again in a reminder email on the day of the program.

Monday, Apr. 26 at 10-11 am Register


Learn more about SNAP on this flyer in English and Spanish.

Jennifer Williams, SNAP Outreach Coordinator-Southern Region for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, will assist people with filling out applications for the Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). We have created two videos with Jennifer Williams that explain this service:
What is SNAP Help? and SNAP Help Questions and Answers

Changes due to COVID-19: Jennifer Williams is currently working remotely from home. She will be doing applications over the phone and will be available to anyone looking for information. The entire process can be handled through phone interviews and mail; no office visits are necessary. Contact Jennifer Williams at 224-407-1807 or jwilliams@northernilfoodbank.org.

SNAP recipients will receive a 15% increase in benefits beginning January 2021 through September 2021. Clients are receiving Maximum benefits. If there are seniors looking to apply, this is a great time, as they normally receive such a small amount, but now would receive that maximum amount.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Learn about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments, and resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association. Join us online using Zoom for this live event with Hadi Finerty, Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois. The Zoom invitation link to attend the event will be sent on the day of the program to those who register.

Wednesday, May 5 at 10-11 am Register