BENTON – The Marshall County Public Library held their first Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, January 16, at the Benton branch. The program featured a panel of twelve professionals including Tom Blakenship, Lisa DeRenard, Genia Donley, Bonita Edwards, Marty Johnson, Larry Krouse, George Long, Carla Marshall, Kip Mathis, Judge Jack Telle, and Don Thomas , who spoke on topics related to estate planning. “The Lunch & Learn sessions are designed to offer learning opportunities for adults with busy schedules,” says Ginger Russell, Adult Services Librarian for the Marshall County Public Library. “It’s a casual, come-and-go atmosphere that allows people to stop in on their lunch break. They can come in, grab some lunch, and have a chance to learn about various topics from a panel of experts. We chose estate planning for our first session because we see a lot of interest in that particular area with the patrons who visit our library.”
Approximately thirty people attended the free program. Attendees enjoyed lunch and an opportunity to have questions about wills, trusts, and other related topics answered by a panel of experts.
“There are so many different things to consider when you start looking at managing your financial future,” states Phyllis Blackwell, an attendee of the program. “Everyone has questions about these types of things, but you don’t really know where to look. This program was great because it offered advice from a variety of experts, including several lawyers who deal with estate planning on a day to day basis.”
Terri Lowery, agrees. “It was a wonderful program. I was impressed to see such a fantastic panel, and they all did a marvelous job.”
The library will host a variety of Lunch & Learn sessions throughout the year on various topics. The next program is scheduled for April 17 and will cover the topic of gardening. For more information, contact your local branch of the Marshall County Public Library.