Community Briefs: Police host collection site for disposing prescription drugs

The Plainfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be a host collection site for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Bring in your expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal.

Voter registration to be held at library

The Plainfield Public Library announced that the public can register to vote Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library, 15025 S. Illinois St. in downtown Plainfield.

The library is offering this service to celebrate National Voter Registration Day. If a person has recently changed their name, address or political party, they should re-register to vote. Those who register at the library will have the option to choose whether they want to register electronically or with a paper form.

National Voter Registration Day was created to encourage others to get registered so that they don’t miss the deadline before an upcoming election. The next primary election will take place March 15, 2016, and the upcoming general election will be Nov. 8, 2016.

In order to vote in the state of Illinois, voters need to be a U.S. citizen; be a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days; be at least 18 years old (with an exception to some 17-year-olds); not be convicted of an offense and be in jail; and not be registered to vote in another state.

For more information about National Voter Registration Day, visit

For more information about the Plainfield Public Library, visit or call 815-436-6639.

Author to lead free creative writing workshop 

Creative writers are invited to attend a character development workshop led by author Annalisa Russo Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St.

Russo, who writes suspenseful romances, will share her advice to aspiring authors about how to write and describe unforgettable characters in this free workshop. She will also be available to answer questions about the writing process.

Russo is the author of “Rags to Rubies,” a novel about a woman living in Chicago during the 1920s who finds out she’s being followed by a shadowy stranger. Her book can be checked out at the library.

This program will be put on as a way to help prepare writers for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which kicks off this November. In addition to hosting interactive write-ins this November, the library will have a writing room available to participants during the month.

For more information, or to register for the character development workshop, visit the library’s online calendar at or call 815-327-2515.





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