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Rockford Public Library launches ‘Virtual Lunch and Learn’ series

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Rockford Public Library will launch “Virtual Lunch and Learn” this week, a six-part Webex series inspired by its live adult programs.

The series begins at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, with “From Bootleggers to Retirees- a discussion of the Mafia in Rockford.”

Hosted by local history expert Jean Lythgoe and author Kathi Kresol, the program’s  popular live version drew capacity crowds.

“We’re thrilled to offer our community digital access to these popular programs, especially now while we shelter-in-place,” explains RPL Executive Director Lynn Stainbrook said. “This series will be a great way for people to continue learning about themselves and their community from home.”

Attendees should register through the library’s website. They will then receive an email with a link to access each Webex session.

RPL Lunch & Learns will be held Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

April 30 –   “From Bootleggers to Retirees – A discussion of the Mafia in Rockford,” hosted by Jean Lythgoe
May 7 – “Ellis Island,” hosted by Jean Lythgoe
May 14 – “Prohibition,” hosted b  Kathi Kresol
May 21 – “Genealogy from home without a library card,” hosted by Jean Lythgoe
May 28 – “Genealogy from home with a library card,” hosted by Jean Lythgoe
June 4 –  “Ghastly Crimes and Ghostly Encounters,” hosted by Kathi Kresol

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