The United States Census Bureau needs workers in Woodford County and also McLean County. The Census Bureau will hold an Informational Session for those interested in 2020 Census Jobs at the El Paso District Library on Tuesday, June 25th from 10 am to 1 pm and also on Thursday, June 27th from 2 pm to 5 pm. The census recruiter will explain the jobs and duties, the training, and the pay and benefits as well as answering questions and clarifying areas of concern. Please do not ask the librarians questions about the census jobs, you must come to the informational meetings and ask an expert.
The Woodford County Historical and Genealogical Society met last night at the library. The meetings are open to the public and I had the pleasure of attending. I was very impressed with all the knowledge that was present in the room, some of the members have been with the organization for quite some time. Karen Fyke's talk, 'Why? What? Who?' was very informative and entertaining. She talked about several books on Woodford County history and told interesting stories from each one. Karen loves history and books and has a passion for both. The society does so much work that I did not realize - writing and compiling books on Woodford history, running their research room, assisting the public with genealogy questions regarding Woodford County, and preserving Woodford County history in many other ways also. The library recently acquired some of their newest books - The Archive 2005-2017 (a compilation of Woodford County Historical Society Newsletters) and a booklet about the Woodford County poor farm (sorry I don't have the exact title) so look for those next time you are in the library. Check out the excellent Woodford County Historical Society's Facebook page if you are interested in local history.
Tweens and Young Adults who love to read and talk about books, this group is for you! Our first meeting will be today from 10 am to 11 am. Librarian Lyssa will be leading this group.
Creation Station - what's your hours?
The Creation Station will be open for support in June onward on the following days and times:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm
The Creation Station is located in the yellow activity room of the library, on the lower level. You'll have access to an array of equipment, tools, knowledge and support. We have high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech. Come here to build your dream project, collaborate on projects with others, learn how to make new things, and work with some amazing new tools.
Ask a librarian for more information on this new creative space!
Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension Educator, gave a great presentation yesterday on Cicadas and Other Beneficial Bugs! We had several children in the crowd and they asked many good questions. We learned quite a bit but one fact in particular stood out to me!
The year 2024 will be a great year for Cicadas. There are cicadas that we can hear every year (dog day cicadas). There are cicadas that come out every 13 years and every 17 years. In 2024, all three kinds of cicadas will be singing to us!
Thanks again, Kelly! We enjoyed having you come to our library!
Cicada and Other Beneficial Bugs
by Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension Educator
El Paso District Library
Hope you can make it!
We met last Thursday to talk about Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and had a great discussion.
Our June book will be The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
We really need people to sign up for this program. So far, we only have two! I'm not sure the presenter will want to come if we don't get some more! I think kids would enjoy this presentation as well as gardeners!
Cicadas and Other Beneficial Bugs
Tuesday, May 28th
El Paso District Library
Presented by Kelly Allsup, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Education
Kelly will discuss the creepy crawly fliers of our back yard including:
When will the cicadas come back?
How are bugs beneficial to humans?
Kelly will contrast the gruesome details of the insect world with their awe inspiring ability to survive our Illinois landscape.
Register by stopping by the library or calling 527-4360. You must register by this Saturday, May 25th!
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs