Plainfield Public Library District
Programs & Events

Social Stitch: Knitting and Crocheting Time
Every Tuesday from now until May 26
1:00 PM

Every Tuesday, bring your current project or get ideas from others who share the love of knitting or crocheting. No registration is needed, just drop-in. Beginners are welcome.

The Library will celebrate Money Smart Week from April 19-25 with several programs to help adults of all ages manage their personal finances.

This year, the Library will host programs about scams, student loans, retirement, divorce finances, and estate planning.

To register for any of the programs, visit the Library’s online calendar.

Programs will include: 


Frauds and Scams
Tuesday, April 21, 1 p.m.

Discover which types of people are scammed and how to be safe online with presenter Sasha Grabenstetter, consumer economics educator from the University of Illinois Extension. At this program, you'll learn about popular scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.  

Love Your Loan: Student Loan Repayment Webinar
Tuesday, April 21, 4 p.m. 

Students and recent college graduates can participate in this webinar, featuring finance experts from any computer – either at the Library or at home.

Can You Afford to Retire? 
Thursday, April 23, Noon

Financial Planner and Retirement specialist James Flannigan will provide the steps needed for a successful retirement at this program.

Gaining Financial Control of Your Divorce
Saturday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. 

Financial adviser Graham Craig outlines how to avoid some of the most common financial mistakes during divorce in this program.

Estate Planning
Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. 

During this program, participates will learn how to be one step ahead on arranging and directing distribution of everything you own. 

Poetry Writing
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month by feeding your inner poet in this session designed for both beginners just starting to put words on a page, to veterans looking for feedback. Share your poems, discover new starting points, and discuss everything from similes to symbolism. Register here.

Dia! Diversity in Action Day
Thursday, April 30
5:00 to 6:00 PM
All Ages
From pinatas to pisanki, celebrate Plainfield's diverse community with songs, stories and activities. Drop-in. No registration required.

Become a Census Sensei
Monday, April 20, 7:00 PM

Explore census schedules with mortality and agriculture statistics, plus learn how state and local censuses can be used to enhance your family history. Register here.

A Novel Idea
Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 14
7:00 PM
May's selection is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion.

Personal Writing Help
Monday, April 20
Monday, May 18
6:30 to 8:30 PM

Schedule one-on-one time with writing tutor, Elizabeth Geib. She can help you with any professional, technical or creative writing challenge. Contact Elizabeth directly at geibelizabeth@gmail.com to schedule your appointment.

Keep Calm and Read On
Spring Edition
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 PM
or Thursday, April 30, 7:00 PM
The Library is hosting a Random House representative who will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on upcoming titles. Every attendee will take home a free book, book catalog and a "Keep Calm and Read On" tote bag. Please register for one session only using the links here: Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 PM or Thursday, April 30, 7:00 PM.

Frauds and Scams
Tuesday, April 21, 1:00 PM

Discover which types of people are likely to be scammed, how to protect yourself and stay safe online. You'll also learn about popular scams reported by the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General's office. Register here.

Not Your Mama's
Book Club

Monday, May 4
7:00 PM
May's selection is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us for the discussion.

Can You Afford to Retire?
Thursday, April 23, 12:00 PM

Enjoy lunch and receive expert advice on the steps needed for a successful retirement, plus a self-assessment tool crucial for planning your future. Lunch provided. Register here.

Gaining Financial Control of Your Divorce
Saturday, April 25, 9:30 AM

The decisions you make during a divorce affect the rest of your life. It's important to get the right information, so you can make sound financial decisions. Register here.

Estate Planning
Saturday, April 25, 11:00 AM

Estate planning is for everyone. With this class, you'll be one step ahead on arranging and directing the distribution of everything you own including the guardianship of your children. Register here.

Technology Training

Register for FREE technology training on topics such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Internet, Social Media, Genealogy and much more. To view the upcoming schedule and to register, visit the Events Calendar. You can also register by calling 815-327-2515. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now.

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