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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tech Club
Come to Tech Club at the Forsyth Public Library, a chance for adults to help each other with technology. Gavena Dahlman, coordinator of Access Services at Richland Community College’s Kitty Lindsay Learning Resources Center, will lead the group and help participants find answers to their questions about their smart phones, tablets or e-readers. She will also answer questions about the Forsyth Public Library’s electronic resources.

The first meeting of this new group will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the library conference room. Bring your devices for some high-tech show and tell. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to send specific questions in advance to to allow time for answers to be researched. If you can’t come to the first meeting or if you want to mark your calendars in advance, the club’s second meeting will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22.

Spring Break Movie Time
There will be no school on Wednesday, March 26, so come to the library at 1 p.m. for a movie and a snack. We will show Frozen (PG, 102 minutes). Age 6 and younger must have an adult present.

Retirement Portfolio
Learning the importance of sound financial strategies can help you feel prepared for retirement. Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27 as Morningstar Investment Research Center presents Retirement Portfolio. We will participate remotely in this live online financial literacy program. Christine Benz, director of personal finance at Morningstar Investment, will discuss the key components of retiree portfolios today, including inflation protection, a stable pool of assets to draw from for living expenses and a growth component for longevity. She’ll also share her “bucket” approach to portfolio management and some “bucket” portfolios for retirees. If you are retired or near retirement, you won’t want to miss this program. Forsyth Public Library subscribes to Morningstar Investment Center, an all-inclusive investment research database. It features data and analysis on more than 15,000 international and domestic stocks, 25,000 mutual funds and more than 1,500 exchange-traded funds. The Morningstar database may be accessed from home by Forsyth library cardholders. Begin at, choose the “materials search” tab, and scroll down to find the Morningstar logo. When prompted, use the barcode number on the back of your library card to access the site. The Morningstar database is also available in the library at any of the public access computers.

The Bookkeepers Book Discussion Group will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21 to discuss The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, a book that Booklist reviewers recommend for its “immensely relatable characters, passion, mystery, and twist ending.” All are welcome to attend.

Preschool Storytimes
Preschool storytimes continue through the end of April at Forsyth Public Library. Sessions are held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and 10 a.m. every Thursday with stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts and fun with friends. Activities are appropriate for 3- to 5-year-olds, but younger siblings are welcome with their caregiver. No registration is necessary.

Baby TALK, for families with children from birth to age 3, continues from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday at the library. These informal parent/child sessions are led by trained Baby TALK instructors and provide opportunities for sharing parenting concerns and celebrating achievements while enjoying books, songs and fingerplays. No registration is necessary.

Want to read e-books?
In addition to accessing e-books and digital audio books through the Library On The Go services (available through the link on the Forsyth Public Library’s website), patrons can now download e-books onto their tablets, smart phones, computers and e-readers with browser capability through the library’s 3M Cloud Library App. Have your library card number and PIN handy, and remember to choose “Illinois Heartland Library System” as your library name. Patrons can download the app on up to six devices and can easily move from reading on a phone to a tablet to a laptop. The 3M Cloud Library e-books are compatible with PCs, Macs, iOS devices, Nook Tablets, Android devices and the Kindle Fire. If you need help accessing the app or getting a PIN for your library card, come into the library and ask for assistance.

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