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Thinking about turning your hobby into a business? Are you a baby boomer or retired and ready for a second career – as your own boss?

You may want to heed the advice of Mary Beth Izard, an author scheduled to speak from 2-3 p.m. today (Sunday, Oct. 24) at the Library Center in meeting room B.

With more than 30 years experience working with entrepreneurs, Izard offers a “personal coaching approach” in her book, “BoomerPreneurs, How Baby Boomers Can Start Their Own Business, Make Money and Enjoy Life (Acheve Consulting Inc., 2010).

She’ll talk about that and her strategies to avoid the three common mistakes that boomers make when starting a business: Investing too much, overlooking marketplace factors and mismatching business to personal goals and future plans.

Izard’s talk is free and open to the public. Her visit is sponsored by AARP Missouri, and she will give a free signed copy of her book to the first 30 people who arrive for the discussion.

Interested in exploring the local marketplace for your entrepreneurial bent? The library district is a reliable source for market research, small business information and helpful databases. If you have a business question, call business librarian Kelly Miller at 883-5341.
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The library staff is thrilled to observe Health Literacy Month with the addition of several hundred new books and DVDs answering consumer concerns and questions about cancer, diabetes, heart and lung health, pregnancy and fertility.

New books include “Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Twelve Steps to a Healthier Life,” “Stay Healthy at Every Age: What Your Doctor Wants You to Know,” and “Essential Hospital Handbook: How to Be an Effective Partner in a Loved One’s Care.”

The titles represent issues many of us face daily, and they’re available to check out thanks to a recent grant from the Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation. To help introduce these new titles to new audiences who may not think of the library for medical help, we’ll soon distribute topic-specific bookmarks listing some of the new items to some 30 clinics in the St. John’s Health System.

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Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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