Adult Programs

The Library hosts one adult program per month (excluding June, July, and August).  Topics and time frames vary, but in the recent past we have covered healthy eating through the grocery aisles, organizing tips, and couponing.

Most programs are free and open to the public; please call (483-2713) or email ( the library for additional information or to register.  Space may be limited. Registration is optional in most cases, although it may be required, as noted.

Tuesday, August 1, 6:00 p.m. — The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper”
Dr. Tena Helton, English Department Chair at the University of Illinois, Springfield will present on “The Yellow Wall-Paper” on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. Helton will discuss how Gilman crafted this story to indict prevailing thought about female “weakness” and “treatments.” She will not only talk about how the social politics of the day are on display, but how literary craft like, figurative language and point of view, transforms politics into something more impactful than a mere pamphlet or lecture.

Dr. Helton’s presentation will go along with our traveling exhibit: The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” that will be on display at the library from July 24th to September 2nd. Make sure to stop by and check that out as well! We are excited to have this exhibit on loan from the National Library of Medicine.

Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s
Feeling unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss? By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can easily make meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer’s disease. This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect on communication and behavior. It will also introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful. Presented by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.