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Margie Kollbocker: Get fit this spring with the Elmhurst library

This spring, as part of the community-wide initiative "Got Fit in Elmhurst," the Elmhurst Public Library is helping you get fit right here where you live and work.

Headlining this effort for EPL is an author visit by A. J. Jacobs, popular Esquire writer and self-titled "stunt-journalist." He will discuss his newest book, "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Quest for Bodily Perfection" at 7 p.m. April 18 at Hammerschmidt Chapel at Elmhurst College.

Jacobs will have you laughing out loud as he chronicles his adventures from trying to squeeze bulky noise-canceling headphones under a nationally sanctioned "walking" helmet to running barefoot over glass shards in New York City's Central Park. He consulted an army of experts and subjected himself to dozens of different workouts and a cartload of diets. His transformation is entertaining and might even motivate!

Join us to read and discuss this true and truly hilarious story of one person's quest to become the healthiest man in the world. His other books include "The Year of Living Biblically" and "The Know-It-All."
In addition, the library is hosting several other programs related to "Got Fit in Elmhurst," including:

• Book discussions on "Drop Dead Healthy" on April 10, 11 and 16;

• Herbs for Home and Health on April 16; and

• Organic Lawn Care and Gardening on April 24.

Go to to learn more or to register.

To learn more about "Got Fit in Elmhurst," or to view all of the special programs and offers, visit

Margie Kollbocker is the readers' advisory librarian at the Elmhurst Public Library. Need a book suggestion or want to share a recommendation? Reach her by calling the library at 630-279-8696 or emailing The Elmhurst Public Library is located at 125 S. Prospect Ave. in Elmhurst.

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