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Adapting to Change: Tools and Resources

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Elmhurst Public Library’s Social Worker, Tracey Orick, shares local resources and information to help you adjust to whatever is happening in your life.
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Introduction to the Enneagram

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
The Enneagram is a powerful personality system that combines both psychology and spirituality in the search for self-awareness and self-acceptance. Based on an ancient understanding of personal growth, the Enneagram describes nine different ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, and seeing the world. By understanding ourselves more deeply, the study of the Enneagram can improve relationships with family, friends and co-workers. 
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Great Decisions

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Learn about critical issues facing America with professor Gary Midkiff. Get a copy of the article to discuss when you register.
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Beginner Sewing Club

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
The Makery
Learn the basics of sewing. Bring two yards of fabric and stuffing. Beginners only. Register starting Jan. 18.
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How to Plan for Your Post-Holiday Remodel or Refresh

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Winter is the perfect time to start planning your spring remodel or refresh. Interior designer Kristin Petro will speak about the necessary steps to updating your home, including finding a contractor, creating space plans, making a budget, designing mood boards, researching products, and staying organized.
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Charles Darwin and His Revolutionary Idea

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Storyteller and science teacher, Brian “Fox” Ellis steps into Darwin’s shoes to model the scientific process, engaging in a discussion of the facts so you can draw your own conclusions. Equal parts dramatic storytelling, stand-up comedy, and show-and-tell, you become immersed in the intellectual world of one of history’s greatest scientific minds. He brings a wide array of fossils, insects, plants, and study skins so the audience can experience the discoveries of Darwin with hands-on analysis. 
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Beginner Sewing Club

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
The Makery
Learn the basics of sewing. Bring two yards of fabric and stuffing. Beginners only. Register starting Jan. 18.
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Changes After Baby: What Others Won’t Tell You

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
baby
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
New parents, join us to talk about and normalize the good, the ugly, and everything in between regarding the first year after baby. Learn what to really expect when it comes to role, identity, relationship, and mood changes after baby. Led by Myriam L. Sanchez, MA, LCPC. 
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TED Talk Conversations: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Gathering Room
Join us for our monthly TED talk viewing and conversation. This month: Be An Opportunity Maker by Kare Anderson, Try Something New for 30 Days by Matt Cutts, and The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage by Susan David.
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Dating Over 50: Online and Beyond

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
What’s online dating all about and what are the differences among popular sites? Learn what makes a good profile and get safety tips. If you are over 50, join Tina Williams, Outreach Manager of the White Oak Library District, to begin navigating the world of online dating. 
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Beginner Sewing Club

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
The Makery
Learn the basics of sewing. Bring two yards of fabric and stuffing. Beginners only. Register starting Jan. 18.
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Make My Retirement Days Special

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Developing a positive retirement attitude involves taking the time to enjoy and reflect on everyday moments. Learn how to use tools and formulate a plan to utilize the various moments you have each day to make your retirement days special. Presented by Russ Fahrner and Bruce Bohrer. 
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Senior Housing 101

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Get planning advice from an expert! Rick Graffagna from Senior Solutions discusses the variety of housing types available to senior citizens, what to look for when touring a potential residence, and how to pay for it. Great for seniors, their caregivers, and anyone looking ahead to their retirement years. 
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Beginner Sewing Club

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
The Makery
Learn the basics of sewing. Bring two yards of fabric and stuffing. Beginners only. Register starting Jan. 18.
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Introduction to the Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Is it really a “fad diet” craze? Or is it a way to understand healthy eating?  Learn the basic principles and guidelines to this diet and ways you can incorporate it into your daily routine. 
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Great Decisions

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Learn about critical issues facing America with professor Gary Midkiff. Get a copy of the article to discuss when you register.
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Be an Informed Citizen

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Meeting Room B
Looking to learn how to discern real from fake news, decide among candidates for the March 17, 2020 primary election, or just become a more engaged American? This is the program for you to learn about various strategies and resources to help you do your civic duty.
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Common Connection Film Series: Waiting for Superman

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cover for Waiting for Superman documentary
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Spend an afternoon at the movies each month expanding your mind watching these films. We provide the popcorn. No registration required.

Waiting for Superman
For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates.

March 4: Waiting for Superman (2010)
April 1: Beyond the Brink (2018)
May 6: Race (2016)
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Separating Art from the Artist: #MeToo and the Music Industry

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot
Elmhurst Public Library
Off-Site

#MeToo has shined a spotlight on sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the media and politics, where powerful men have fallen rapidly. But the music world has lagged behind. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, hosts of WBEZ’s “Sound Opinions,” explore questions about the responsibility we bear for enjoying—or failing to speak out about—troubling themes in an artist’s work.  If we sing along to Michael Jackson or R. Kelly, are we muting those who accuse them of abuse and assault? Can we really separate the art from the artist? Should we?

 

Presented with Elmhurst College

Frick Center, Founders Lounge

190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois


Admission is free but registration is required.


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Democracy in America: A Tea at Hull House with Jane Addams

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Photo of Jane Addams
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a crusader for social justice; a dedicated American who devoted her life to caring for the underprivileged and oppressed; and a fighter for the rights of workers, women, and children. She founded Chicago's Hull House, which is known as one of the most famous settlement houses in America. Addams is considered a pioneer in the field of modern social work and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

Performed by Betsey Means. Presented with the AAUW. Registration required.
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Common Connections: TED Talk Conversations About Mental Health

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Elmhurst Public Library
Meeting Room A
Join us for our monthly TED talk viewing and conversation. This month we will watch three TED talks on mental health as part of our Common Connection series on access.

There's No Shame in Taking Care of Your Mental Health by Sangu Delle
The Ruralities of Autism by Amy Price Azano
Mental Health for All by Involving All by Vikram Patel
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Work Smart

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
woman professionally dressed holding binder
Elmhurst Public Library
Computer Lab
Many women do not feel comfortable negotiating a salary and benefits for their job. The AAUW Work Smart course is designed to help participants negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. Why is negotiation so important? AAUW's research on the gender pay gap shows that one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. Women who work full time take home 80 cents for every dollar a full time male worker is paid. This workshop is designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to negotiate for fair pay. Participants learn how to research competitive salaries; articulate their skills, qualifications, and experience; and ask for – and get – the pay they deserve. 
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Great Decisions

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Learn about critical issues facing America with professor Gary Midkiff. Get a copy of the article to discuss when you register.
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Common Connection Film Series: Beyond the Brink

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
movie poster for Beyond the Brink
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
Spend an afternoon at the movies each month expanding your mind watching these films. We provide the popcorn. No registration required.

Beyond the Brink
Ever-increasing difficulties for farming, due to drought and water scarcity, have produced a global crisis. Dive deep into the intricacies of this issue through the lens of California's San Joaquin Valley.

March 4: Waiting for Superman (2010)
April 1: Beyond the Brink (2018)
May 6: Race (2016)
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Registration begins 2/14/2020 at 9:00 AM

Lincoln on Immigration and America's Place in the World

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
photo of Kevin Wood portraying Lincoln carrying a flag and waving
Elmhurst Public Library
Large Meeting Room
This historical reenactment by Kevin Wood as President Abraham Lincoln will share Lincoln's experiences and thoughts on the subjects of immigration, nativism, international relations, and the global significance of the American Civil War.
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