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Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring into April!

When you think April, you might think April Fools, better weather, blooming flowers, and fresh air.

But you should also think National Library Week, the seven-day nationwide celebration of library services, from public to academic to school libraries. Started in 1958, National Library Week occurs the second full week of April; this year's runs Sunday, April 10 through Saturday, April 16.

Yesterday (Sunday) marked the return of Food for Late Fees, an ever-popular program in which we forgive your late fees in exchange for non-perishable food items and household products. Each donated item will clear 50 cents in late fees. Donations will not be accepted in place of money for lost or damaged materials. Please, no glass or liquid-filled containers. Food for Late Fees runs now through Saturday, April 16.

Tuesday, April 12 is National Library Workers Day, a day for staff and patrons to recognize the individual contributions of all library workers.

To celebrate, the Reference and Adult Services Department is hosting a Book Lovers Luncheon, where patrons can enjoy a light luncheon followed by a round table discussion of books they've liked this year. Reference staff and patrons will introduce their favorites from the last 12 months. This program is currently full.

On Saturday, April 23, we're once again partnering with the Roselle Park District Garden Club to hold our very own Garden Day!

DuPage County Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension will be on hand in the library atrium to answer your toughest questions and make your thumb a little greener. Drop in any time 11A-1P! No registration required.

Once your life-sized garden is in better shape, learn about a miniature form of gardening: the Fairy Garden! At 1P, Jan Hanson of the DuPage County Master Gardeners will inspire you to create your own micro garden (inside and out) where gnomes, fairies, elves, and more can frolic. Registration is currently open.

Immediately following the presentation, make your own fairy garden at our (appropriately named) Create a Fairy Garden! program at 2P. Registration is currently full.

Maybe instead of a better garden, you're trying to create a better financial picture for yourself. Retirement could be on the horizon, or perhaps you're just starting your career and want to know the best early paths to take towards financial security later in life.

On Tuesday, April 26 at 7P, Joseph R. Book, a Certified Financial Planner from Itasca Bank & Trust Co., will present Retirement Planning 101—Money Smart Week®. Learn how to save for a better tomorrow, no matter your age or income. Registration is currently open.

You can register for these programs—and many others—by visiting our website, calling the Circulation Desk at 630.529.1641 ext. *222, or stopping in at 40 S. Park St., Roselle.

Spring into April with the Roselle Public Library District!

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