On Saturday, May 20th from 10 am to 1 pm Joan Loftus will be at the library to sign her new book, written under the pen name J L Brandenburg which is called The Touch of Honey. Anyone who attends and visits with Joan will get to fill out a raffle ticket. We will draw the raffle at 1 pm. The raffle bag will contain honey, a honey pot, and a gift certificate for a loaf of bread from Great Harvest Bread Company in Bloomington.
We are going to try to have a raffle drawing at each of our special events for adults. The raffle at The Woman in Blue: Civil War Soldier Albert D.J. Cashier presentation by Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History on Tuesday, May 16th at 6 pm will include a bag of Dove chocolates and a $20 gift certificate to Java Eats n Sweets located here in El Paso. Raffle tickets will be given out at the door as you enter the Drake Family - Heartland Bank Community Room to attend the presentation. We hope to see you there!
We did an adult activity survey last summer. One activity that got a little interest was forming a group to play games or cards at the library.
I would like to organize something like this but I would like some more input from people interested. For instance, is there a demand for a morning or afternoon game/card group or more of something in the evenings? Are patrons wanting an adult only gaming group or something for families? Is there a general interest in playing any type of game or more of an interest in very specific games?
Anyway, I might not be able to please everyone but I would like input from anyone interested so that maybe I could please the majority. So, if you are interested please send me a note and let me know the kind of group you are looking for?
Woman in Blue: Civil War Soldier Albert D.J. Cashier Presentation
Tuesday, May 16th
Drake Family - Heartland Bank Community Room
El Paso Public Library
So far, we have not had many people register for The Woman In Blue presentation by Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History. We would like folks to register for this event so that we will have some idea of the number of people in the audience for Mr. Kemp. Registration also helps in case we have to reschedule due to bad weather or some other unforeseen catastrophe. If you are registered, we can call you and let you know if we need to reschedule and save you a trip. If you register and cannot make it, we promise not to hold it against you. It is just a way for us to get some idea of the number of people that might be coming.
Registering is easy! Just call the library at 309-527-4360 or stop by to register. You can also use the Contact Library Staff to send an email about it.
During the Civil War, Pvt. Cashier spent three years on the march through the South with the 95th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, all the while participating in some of the bloodiest campaigns of the Western Theater. Though a true tale of war and woe, this remarkable story becomes even more remarkable when one learns that Cashier was actually a woman named Jennie Hodgers!
Mr. Kemp said that an appropriate lower limit age would be junior high age. He will touch upon such topics as war violence and homosexuality. Bill Kemp has served as librarian for the not-for-profit McLean County Museum of History for nearly fourteen years. Bill has graduate degrees from the University of Illinois and Illinois State University. Since 2005 he has penned a weekly history feature in the Sunday Pantagraph.
Please think about attending this event and bring a friend, too!
Tuesday, May 9th - Local Author Cathy Hall Nottoli will be at the library to read her new book, Bastyberry Friends at 9:30 am
Tuesday, May 9th - 4H Stem Project 'Crime Scene Science' for school aged kids starting at 3:15 pm
As I was perusing the El Paso Journal, I saw that my fellow librarian, Courtney Reid along with her husband, Scott and several other El Paso couples (Alex and Jackie Brucker, Greg and Jaimie Mool, Tim and Jenny Newcomb, and Tom and Jenni Roth) won this year's Spiritual and Human Values award from the El Paso Kiwanis Club for their work in founding the Community Well . Congratulations, Courtney (and all the recipients)!
We voted last week to name our club:
which stands for
Readers In Our Town Are Coming Together!
This month we will be reading The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner. We will talk about the book on Thursday, May 25th at 7 pm at the El Paso Public Library.
Children's Book Week is celebrated May 1st through May 7th. The theme this year is 'Every Child A Reader'. Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!
Activities at the library that kids can come and do at the library anytime during the week include:
Monday, May 1st, 'May Day' - 6 pm - Crochet Club
Tuesday, May 2nd - 5:30 pm - Adult Coloring
Thursday, May 4th - 3:15 pm - Star Wars Party for
school- aged children
Saturday, May 6th - 10 am to Noon -
Friends of the El Paso Library fundraiser at the library
featuring Shop Lularoe
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs