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.
AARP Smart Driver Class
A refresher class designed for drivers age 50 and older. This is a 2-day class. A fee of $20 is payable by cash or check made out to AARP on the first day of class. Credit or debit cards cannot be accepted as payment. There is a $5 discount for AARP members. Participants must register through the library and attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion. There will not be a lunch period, so you are welcome to bring snacks, if you wish to eat during the 10-15 minute break.
Monday, Feb. 24 at 10 am – 2 pm and Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 10 am – 2 pm Register $
Learn about the human body’s endocannabinoid system, the benefits of taking CBD, and how hemp is grown, extracted, and processed. Presented by Rachael and Jesse Smedberg, founders of Tulip Tree Gardens, Beecher.
Monday, Mar. 16 at 6:30-7:30 pm Register
- Hands-only Citizen CPR
Citizen CPR is designed to teach untrained bystanders when and how to perform hands-only CPR after witnessing the sudden collapse of an adult. Short demonstrations will be offered to individuals on a drop-in basis. No certification is provided.
Saturday, Mar. 28 at 12-12:30 pm Drop-in
- CPR Certification
Gain the knowledge and skills to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. To receive a 2-year certification from the Red Cross, participants must stay for the entire class (including all videos and lecture), actively participate in activities, and pass practical assessments (one for adults and one for infants – these can be re-taken as many times until the student passes). There are no written assessments.The class is free and open to ages 14-adult. Limited space is available so pre-registration is required.
Saturday, Mar. 28 at 1-4 pm Register
- Infant CPR/Choking Relief
This course is for anyone who wants to learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking relief skills but does not need a course completion card to meet a job requirement.
Wednesday, May 6 at 11 am – 12 pm Register
Energy Savings Workshop
Learn about free programs designed to save you energy and money; how to decode your gas and electric bills, spot errors, and avoid scams; the latest Illinois energy policies and how they will impact your energy choices.
Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1-2 pm Register
This workshop will cover the following topics: dealing with death and estate taxes, wills and trusts, probate and your estate, choosing an executor, lifetime giving exclusion, unlimited marital deduction, and tax-free inheritance. Presented by Ray Kozicki, The Society for Financial Awareness.
Thursday, Apr. 2 at 10-11 am Register
How to Handle the IRS
Don’t let the IRS bully you! Come learn solutions for your tax problems including unfiled returns, unpaid balances, liens and levies, payment plans, offers in compromise, penalty abatements, and certified letters.
Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7-8 pm Register
This informational workshop will cover eligibility and enrollment, coverage choices, understanding your needs, and the differences between Medicare Parts A, B, C, D, and supplement plans. There will be time to ask questions.
Thursday, May 14 at 10-11:30 am Register
Senior Companion Program
The Senior Companion Program (SCP) provides free weekly home visits to homebound seniors (who no longer drive) and want to remain living independently in their own homes. Companions meet with clients for social visits (e.g. talking, playing games, crafts, and other activities) and may also assist with occasional local transportation to grocery stores, doctor appointments, and other destinations. If you would like more information on becoming a Senior Companion or if you would like a Senior Companion to assist you, please attend this session.
Monday, Jan. 27 at 1-3 pm Register
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
Monday, Jan. 27 at 10 am – 1:30 pm Drop-in
Monday, Feb. 24 at 10 am – 1:30 pm Drop-in
Monday, Mar. 30 at 10 am – 1:30 pm Drop-in
Monday, Apr. 27 at 10 am – 1:30 pm Drop-in
Monday, May. 18 at 10 am – 1:30 pm Drop-in
Social Security Explained
This informational workshop will cover the type of benefits you are eligible to receive, the difference between full retirement age and delayed retirement, filing for benefits, retirement planning strategies, and how taxes effect your retirement. Presented by Ray Kozicki, The Society for Financial Awareness.
Saturday, Apr. 25 at 10-11 am Register