Amy Dettmer

The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This column is dedicated to the topic of retirement. I chose it as the topic for my column because there is a significant retirement at the library. No, it’s not me retiring. I have quite a few more years to go before I retire. Our current Library Director, Marcia, is retiring in February.

I started at the library in 2006 and Marcia was the Assistant Library Director. Then, in 2008, Janet Coy retired and Marcia was hired as the Library Director. It’s been a good, long run for her and I wish her the best. The Library Foundation and Friends of the Library are hosting a party for her on Friday, Feb. 8, from 3-5 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Stop by to wish her well in this new chapter of her life!

The library (and other libraries in the Arrowhead Library System) does have a selection of personal finance as well as retirement-specific materials. Check out some of these titles:

“The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It The Most” by Emily Guy Birken.

“The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How To Make Smart Financial Decisions In Good Times And Bad” by Julie Jason. Featuring easy-to-follow explanations and a wealth of real-life examples, AARP’s guide to retirement planning helps readers take advantage of every available tool to make their retirement years the best of their lives.

“How To Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide” by Jane Bryant Quinn. Learn how to turn your retirement savings into a paycheck that will last for years.

Upcoming programs at the library:

Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m.: International Travel Tips and Tricks

Have you always wanted to travel abroad, but don’t know how to begin planning? Join local world travelers as they discuss how they set up international vacations—from getting the best airfare, to booking lodging and transportation, to exchanging currency—and packing! You’ll leave with ideas for booking your next trip—perhaps for spring or summer break! In need of a passport? The library can help you with that! We process your passports at the Reference Desk by appointment.

Location: GRAL Community Room

Friday, Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m.: Teen Anime Club

Watch anime, eat snacks!

Saturday, Jan. 26, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.: Saturday StoryTime

It’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.

Monday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Book Time

Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all other sorts of fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.

Monday, Jan. 28, 3:30 p.m.: Artastic

Are you a kid that likes to create? Join Ms. Betsy for some art fun! This program is open to everybody. Children ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the children’s desk to register at 218-327-8823.

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