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Illinois Extension and local libraries partner for Lessons at the Library

Lessons at the Library. A hand is reaching onto a shelf full of books.

RANTOUL AND CISSNA PARK, Ill – University of Illinois Extension is excited to bring its popular Lessons for Living series to local libraries. Lessons for Living is a free in-person series where people can learn valuable life lessons and get relevant, easy-to-understand tips for living an inspiring, healthy, and enriching life. Starting with the first session on February 15, all lessons in the series will be broadcast at:

  • Cissna Park Community Library, 511 N 2nd St., Cissna Park, IL
  • Rantoul Public Library, 106 W Flessner Ave., Rantoul, IL


As people age, they face many changes and challenges, from losing loved ones to declining health and independence. That's why it's essential to give them the meaning they need to live this stage of life with dignity. No matter their age, participants can learn valuable life lessons and gain relevant, easy-to-understand tips for living an inspiring, healthful, and rich life.

“We are committed to providing educational opportunities to all members of our communities, and we are grateful to both the Cissna Park Community Library and the Rantoul Public Library for these new partnerships that make this possible," said Extension Educator Emily Harmon. "Libraries are a vital community resource. We are confident that these partnerships will help us reach even more people to provide reliable and relevant information. Our hope is that these library host sites will provide a safe space for community members to come and learn and even make friends along the way.” 

Session dates:

  • Navigating Changes as We Age |Thursday, Feb. 15 or Thursday, Sept. 26, 10 AM
  • Eating for Eye Health | Thursday, April 25, 2 PM or Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10 AM 
  • Estate Planning 101: Know the Basics | Tuesday, May 14 or Thursday, Nov. 14, 10 AM  
  • Don’t Go It Alone: Improving Your Social Connections | Thursday, June 13, 10 AM 
  • Financial Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults | Tuesday, July 9, 2 PM 
  • The Fuel to Fight Cancer | Thursday, Aug. 15, 2 PM

Participation is free, but registration is required. To register for the sessions in Cissna Park, please contact the library at or call 815-457-2452 to register. To register for the sessions in Rantoul, don't hesitate to get in touch with the library at or call 217-893-3955 to register. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please get in touch with either library. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.

To learn more about Illinois Extension in Champaign and Iroquois Counties, visit or contact our office at either 217-333-7672 or 815-268-4058. To learn more about Family Life programming, contact Emily Harmon at

About Extension

Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.