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Exciting New Programs Announced for 2019

The new year will ring in a variety of interesting programs and activities for all ages, from new discussion groups to film series.

The Atlantic Monthly magazine covers the world with discussions of politics, culture, science, business, family and much more. A new discussion group will meet monthly beginning January 14 at North Branch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring lunch or a snack and engage in lively and intellectual discussion. In a time when civil conversation is difficult to find, this group could be your answer. Just read the feature article and any other articles that interest you in print or online and join in. Free and open to the public.

A free afternoon movie is a great way to enjoy some time out of the house, especially when the movie is a musical! Each third Thursday at North Branch from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. , starting on January 17, with Cabaret, a musical will be shown on the big screen in the McKenzie Room. Some will be classics, some newer films and all are sure to be enjoyable. Bring a snack and some friends or family and start the weekend early. Be sure to pick up the schedule for the year so you don’t miss any of your favorites.

Prefer morning movies? McClure Branch is airing its “The Book Was First” movie series on the second Monday of the month beginning January 14 from 10:30 to 12:30 a.m. Each movie in the series is based on a book. Read the book first to see how it compares to the movie, or just come to enjoy the movie and some light refreshments. It’s free and open to the public. In January view the 1994 film Forrest Gump based on the book of the same name by Winston Groom. Pick up a schedule to see what’s coming or check Passages or the web calendar every month to see the selection. It’s sure to be a great way to start your week.

Longing for the good old days of those landmark TV series? Come to ReRun Review at Lakeview Branch this January for a viewing of episodes 1 to 6 of Dallas (1978-1991) starring Larry Hagman, Barbara Bel Geddes, Donna Reed and Patrick Duffy. We will binge watch on Monday through Wednesday, January 28-30 from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. Super fans, newbies and costumes are invited, but spoilers are discouraged. Then, vote on the selection for another ReRun Review!

Take advantage of these interesting and enjoyable programs in 2019. For more information, call (309) 497-2000.

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