This painting was donated to the library in 1935 to celebrate the one hundred year anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's birth. Every library in the United States that had received a Carnegie grant for a library building received this painting.
I've always thought this was a very interesting view when you first come into the main door of the library. If you look to your right, you see the doorway leading into the Young Adult area, the Yambert Family Reading Room, and the Lester Pfister History and Genealogical area. And you see a portrait in the distance. According to the book, El Paso, Illinois Pictorial History 150 Years 1854-2004, by the El Paso Sesquicentennial Book Committee, that portrait was painted by a local El Paso resident named Sarah Arnold. She painted it in the spring of 1907 and presented it to the library in June of that year. And surprisingly, Mr. Carnegie sent Sarah a letter complimenting her on the painting. The painting was restored before the grand opening of our new addition in 2014. There is an exhibit about Sarah Arnold in the history room area near the portrait, with a scrapbook.
This Month (April 2019) we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of our new edition and also next week (April 7-April 13) is National Library Week! The theme this year is 'Libraries = Strong Communities'. During National Library Week, we will have free cookies for those who come into the library to help us celebrate. And as we already posted, there is a talk scheduled on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm about Andrew Carnegie. The Edible Book Contest is Thursday, April 11th right after school. And children (ages 12 and under) can come with their parents to the library to hunt for Easter Eggs that the Friends of the El Paso Library have hidden. We hope you can find some time this next week to come to the library!
The Friends of the El Paso Library are going to play Easter Bunny and hide Easter Eggs in the book shelves and other fun places. Kids (ages 12 and under) can come and find the Easter Egg. They will get to fill out a raffle ticket for a prize basket! The hunt will start on Monday, April 8th and go through Friday, April 19th.
Don't forget our Edible Book Contest is next Thursday, April 11th after school. You can stop by the library for a form if you plan to submit an entry. You can get ideas from the Internet and especially sites like Pinterest. If you do not wish to make an entry, you can still enjoy coming to the library on Thursday and seeing the imaginative entries that others have made!
Just a reminder that historian Jim Gibbons will be at the library next week on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm to give a talk titled, 'A Rags to Riches Story: The Life of Andrew Carnegie'.
Come learn about Andrew Carnegie, the man who helped to finance our original library building! Jim Gibbons will discuss the life of Carnegie, one of the wealthiest self-made billionaires during the Gilded ages, his mark on the U.S. steel industry, and his close business relationship and friendship with Gibbons' Great Uncle, Charles Schwab, President of U.S. Steel Company.
Register by stopping at the library or calling at 309-527-4360. You can also come if you do not register, but it really does help us plan better if you register!
A bit late but hopefully it will help!
Monday, April 1st
9:30 am Lapsitters
Tuesday, April 2nd
9:30 am Lapsitters
3:15 pm Maker Space
7 pm Library Board
Thursday, April 4th
4 pm Cookbook Club, theme is "Italy"
Friday, April 5th
1 pm Lost Marbles, Our game club for adults
Saturday, April 6th
10 am to Noon Meals for a Healthy Heart, Part II
When: April 1, 2019 (April Fool's Day)
Where: El Paso District Library
Time: Right before we open at 9 am
Who: Carla and Courtney
Plan: Scare my coworkers with this huge fly
Result: No one was scared of this fly!
Well anyway, I hope you have better luck fooling someone today!
Jenna Smith, University of Illinois Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator & Registered Dietitian came to the library last Saturday (March 30th) to present a class called, Meals for a Healthy Heart. I got to sit in on this first class. Everyone got a binder full of helpful information including recipes. She also made a healthy and delicious meal for us. And she is very motivating in her effort to help us eat better and exercise more! I hope the others in the class enjoyed it as much as I did! Thank you, Jenna! Part II of the class is this coming Saturday, April 6th!
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs