Ben Franklin Circles continue at library

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library continues to host Ben Franklin Circles for the public. A teen-only group meets at 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month and an all-ages group will meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month.

Ben Franklin Circles gather people in conversation about shared values and common goals. Participants discuss 13 civic virtues championed by Ben Franklin, qualities such as justice, humility, moderation and order as a lens into self-improvement and civic engagement.

This month participants will discuss frugality, of which Franklin’s definition is “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.”

The Teen Circle will meet Feb. 7 and the all-ages Circle will meet Feb. 21.

There are more than 70 Ben Franklin Circles across the country. The Circles initiative was started by the nonprofit cultural and community center 92nd Street Y, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and Citizen University.

This program is free and open to all ages. No registration is required. It is hosted by Tracy Rogers-Tryba. Teens are welcome to come to both or either discussion group.

For information, contact Samantha at or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

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