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This Week at the Library: Great American Read Premiere Party, Medicare Information and Suicide Awareness Sessions

The PBS Great American Read’s nationwide promotion of “America’s 100 most-loved books” has reminded us about the simple joy – and the power – of reading.

We hope you’ll join us for the Great American Read Premiere Party from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Library Center auditorium. At 6 p.m., hear a short panel and Q&A featuring mystery writer Nancy Allen, MSU psychology professor Dr. Christie Cathey, and children's author and poet David Harrison. They’ll will discuss why we love inhabiting other worlds, and how we as a culture connect through those 100 books.

At 7 p.m. we'll air the live premiere of the PBS Great American Read Fall Kickoff. Refreshments and Great American Read giveaways will be provided. Questions? Call 882-0714.
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Medicare Open Enrollment for coverage in 2019 runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2018. You can get an overview of the different parts of Medicare – A, B, C, D and Medigaps – at a Medicare Open Enrollment Information Sessions at the libraries.

The Cover Missouri Coalition will be at the Library Station Santa Fe Room at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and again at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Library Center auditorium. Note: Enrollment will not take place at these sessions. For details call 269-2945.
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Suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S., taking nearly 45,000 lives in 2016. Deaths from suicide in Missouri rose 36.4 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And in more than half of all deaths in 27 states, the individuals had no known mental health condition.

In trying to deal with and prevent suicide in our community, area mental health experts will host a three-part Suicide Awareness Series: Understanding the Why. They hope to discuss suicide openly without judgment, shame, stigma or guilt; and address the realities of suicide and its effects.

The series for adults begins Thursday, Sept. 13, from 7-9 p.m. in the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive, and continues at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 25.

The series is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Libraries, Burrell Behavioral Health, NAMI Southwest Missouri and Touchstone Counseling. For details call 882-0714.

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

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