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History, education, music, movies and family featured at Bartlett library

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Interested in researching your family history? Or in untangling that mysterious family tree? Uncover these secrets and more at Family History Night from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road, in Bartlett.

Tips on conducting an online ancestry search will be provided, and Larry Pepper, a specialist in digital restoration, will offer guidelines on protecting valuable documents. Participants are encouraged to bring a cherished family recipe for the Family History Cooking Resource.

In addition, the Bartlett Public Library will provide an opportunity to benefit Lifelong Learners in its presentation of What's a MOOC? at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Massive Open Online Courses are all the rage. Those interested in pursuing education as an ongoing process or in exploring a new field of interest are invited to the library to learn about free courses offered by major colleges and universities.

Teens looking to explore post-apocalyptic worlds are encouraged to join the library's Dystopian Book Club meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Those who cannot wait for the theatrical release of Divergent are welcome as well as those interested in a lively discussion of favorite dystonic novels.

And for those families looking to just have some fun … Shake off those winter doldrums and let a group of talented musicians transport the family to another world. Diamana Daya -- which means "make good music for the land" -- will perform at the library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. This dynamic percussion ensemble will share traditional rhythms and songs from Guinea, West Africa. Families are welcome.

Families are also encouraged to see a movie courtesy of the Bartlett Public Library. Lights dim for Movie Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. New releases will be shown whenever possible, but families can call the library the on the 28th at (630) 837-2855 for details on the movie selection for the evening.

The Bartlett Public Library District provides programs and services to meet the needs of the community. The library is located at 800 S. Bartlett Road. For information and a complete listing of scheduled programs, call (630) 837-2855 or visit online 24/7 at