We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday this year!
The library will be closed on the following:
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday this year!
We have some information/reminders to pass on to you.
1. We were notified today that ERead Illinois is changing its checkout time from 21 days to 14 days starting January 2nd. ERead Illinois is an audiobook/ebook checkout system that we have a link to on our library website.
2. You can drop movies off in the dropbox outside! We know there is confusion about this. A long time ago before most of the staff even started working here (back in the days of VCRs), the library did not want movies in the dropboxes. But, our movies seem to do just fine when put in the dropboxes so please go ahead and put your movies in our dropbox. Please ote that some area libraries may not want their movies in their library's dropboxes. Each library has their own policy about this.
3. Magazines can go in the dropbox but it is helpful if you rubber band them around a book or a piece of cardboard or something so they don't get all mangled up. Paperback books also do better if they have a rubber band around the middle.
4. The policy from RAILS (our library system) is that we can only renew books checked out from other libraries one time. If a patron asks for additional renewals after that, we are supposed to call the owning library and ask permission. Please keep that in mind when calling on the phone and asking for renewals, too.
5. If you ask us, we can turn on the 'checkout history' on your account, so that we can help you go back and see what you have checked out. It starts working on the day that we turn it on, we can't go back in time before the switch is turned on.
Karel is retiring from the library staff at the end of the year. We hope our patrons will come and wish her good luck in her future endeavors. We will have a small book that you can write her a note if you wish, also. Please ask us if we forget to mention it!
Local author, Tim Pletkovich will be at the library all day on Monday, December 10th. He will have copies of his books available for sale.
Tim has been at the library several times in the past few years talking about his books.
The first book he wrote is titled, Civil War Fathers, Sons of the Civil War in WWII. It is a very interesting story about how the book came to be. Come to the library and ask him about it.
The second book he wrote is titled, Nuns, Nazis,and Notre Dame: Stories of the Great Depression, WWII, and the Fighting Irish. This is the story of Gerald Ambrose O'Reilly's very interesting life.
Books make wonderful Christmas presents. You are welcome to come and chat with Tim even if you don't want to buy a book. He is a great conversationalist!
We've had links to AtoZ World Foods and AtoZ Maps for quite some time on our home webpage. Now we have added two more links.
1. AtoZ the USA - The United States is one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world. It is also a young country with a rich history. AtoZ the USA brings this diversity and history to life in a beautifully-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools
AtoZ the USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country's people, history, economy,geography, symbols,culture,and society.
2. AtoZ World Culture has you covered if you are curious about the world. With AtoZ World Culture, information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more is just a click away. With 175 Country Culture Guides covering over 60 topics each, AtoZ World Culture offers a breadth and depth of content that is unmatched by an other single resource. What will you learn today?
Just click on the icons for both of these great products by scrolling to the bottom of our home webpage.
The Friends of the El Paso District Library are busy preparing for the Christmas Extravaganza this Saturday, December 1st from 9 am to 2 pm at the El Paso District Library. It will be fun for the whole family. You can come to the library and find all kinds of things to do. Events include:
Mike Matjeka of the McLean County Museum of History was at the library last night talking about the importance of railroads to transportation, commerce, industry, travel, national parks, time-keeping, toys, and culture. It was quite delightful! Thank you to our library faithful (and family members) who attended the presentation! We really do appreciate that you are willing to come to the library to attend our events. And we are very thankful to the McLean County Museum of History and their speaker's bureau for providing us with such excellent presentations time and time again!
Monday, Nov 19:
Lapsitters 9:30 am
Friends of the El Paso Library meeting - 2 pm
Tuesday, Nov 20:
Lapsitters - 9:30 am
Makerspace - 3:15 pm
Knit and Crochet Club - 6 pm to 5:30 pm
The Railroad in the American Mind - 7 pm
by Mike Matejka, McLean Co. Museum of History
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Hope you have a great holiday!
On Tuesday, November 20th Mike Matejka of the McLean County Museum of History will be at the library to talk about the railroad's impact on the nation's economy, culture, folklore, and children.
You won't want to miss this presentation. The speakers from the McLean County Museum of History always do such a great job and we are very lucky to have them close by and willing to come to our community and talk to us.
In this season of thankfulness, help me give thanks for the great service the museum provides by attending this presentation and bringing a friend!
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs
El Paso District Library