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Fun and Games at the Library

Painted wine glasses, Bingo and Bunco, oh my!  

Recently fun and laughter have been heard in the library.  

On a warm night in September there were thirty plus folks gathered in the library meeting room to paint their own wine glasses. A fun time was had by all. 

My Personal Best of 2020

I read a lot of books this year! Hey, it was 2020, what else was there to do to escape the world?  Many I liked, a few were just OK, several I decided not to finish, and some made their way into my heart and mind and stayed there. Below is the list of those favorite books that I read this year.  They were not all published in 2020, just read. 

Reminiscence Kits for Caregivers

The Fox River Valley Public Library is happy to introduce our new collection of Caregiver Kits.  These kits focus on reminiscence which has been proven to provide comfort and inspire connections and conversation.  People with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease often lose their short-term memories, but the long-term memories will often “float to the surface” when the person is reminiscing.

The Electoral College is a Process, Not a Place

Election Day 2020 is coming upon us quickly.  Tuesday, November 3rd (or sooner if you vote early) is the day this year that Americans will head to the polls to vote for electors from each party, who will then cast their votes for President.  But what happens to our votes and how does the President get elected?

Take a few minutes and watch the video from the program we hosted called Terry’s College of Electoral Knowledge to get you up to speed. 

#OwnVoices

Over past couple of years I have made it a priority to read more widely.  What do I mean by reading more widely?  For me it has been to read books written by authors of color and/or authors who are from a different country or ethnic background than me. My goal in doing this is to get a bigger vision of the world around me by allowing myself to see life through someone else’s eyes and walk a mile (or a few hundred pages) in their shoes.

Cinco de Mayo at home Help

“Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Tuesday this year, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day.

Mental Illness and Hope for Recovery

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

NEW Caregiver Support Group

Caring for the health and welfare of a family member or friend is hard work! It can be frustrating and isolating.  Caregiving is incredibly rewarding, but it also a source of stress.

Caregiver stress can cause physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. It typically results from a person neglecting their own physical and emotional health because they are focused on caring for an ill, injured or disabled loved one.

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