One of our patrons wishes to form a Saturday Morning Braille Club. She hopes to have 5 to 6 people willing to learn Braille. She said that any age who is willing to sit and learn is welcome to attend. They will meet once a month on the 2nd Saturday from 9 am to 11 am. They will not be meeting at the library but at a different location. If you would like to join this fun and interesting group, please contact the library and we will have the organizer give you a call! The first meeting will be on Saturday, January 13th.
We will be closed on Saturday, December 23rd, Monday, December 25th, and Monday, January 1st! Happy holidays to everyone!
D. Paul Miller gave an excellent talk about his experiences in the Senior Olympics. He was very modest about his accomplishments but his competitive spirit came through. He chose to discuss some of the meets in which he had particularly excelled. It was interesting to learn how much he had improved from when he had first started. He talked about his exercise regimen and his vegetarian diet, which he credits for his longevity. He was extremely modest about the book he wrote about his life, From the Dustbowl to the Corn Fields. It will be available for checkout at the library in the near future.
Betty Stine made a variety of sweet breads for everyone to sample and she also did her very best to make sure there was a good turnout for Mr. Miller. Michael Heffron also worked hard to try to recruit an audience for the presentation. Thank you Mr. Miller, Betty, Michael, and all those who attended! A young man in the audience won the raffle prize which was a gift certificate to Java Eats n Sweets!
I heard a reminder on the radio today and wanted to pass this information on to anyone interested about signing up for a government Healthcare Plan.
I just got off the phone with D. Paul Miller. He is coming to the library tomorrow to talk about his experiences in the Senior Olympics. I think anyone interested in physical fitness, nutrition, or healthy lifestyles would find this program interesting. How often do you think you will have the opportunity to listen to a centenarian give a presentation about physical fitness and nutrition? A centenarian is a 100 year old person, in case you weren't sure!
We hope that you will be able to come. We would appreciate registration by calling the library so we know how many chairs to set up but if you do not register, you are still welcome to attend!
Last Thursday (December 7) local author, Tim Pletkovich gave a wonderful presentation on his book, Civil War Fathers, Sons of the Civil War in World War II. Mr. Pletkovich is a former middle school teacher from Peoria. The idea started as a class project of interviews with World War II veterans who had Civil War fathers. A group of the students really became enthralled and dedicated to the project, corresponding regularly with the veterans, staying after school several days a week to work on it, and developing friendships with the veterans. One of the veterans was featured in a National Geographic episode and that led to Mr. Pletkovich combining the stories together into the book. Mr. Pletkovich has a very personable, natural speaking style and great sense of humor that you can imagine would work very well as a teacher in a classroom setting. He entertained us for almost two hours (but it didn't feel like two hours) with stories of writing the book and also the stories of these special World War II veterans who had a father that served in the Civil War. We didn't have a very large crowd but we had a lot of interest and enthusiasm. Thank you very much, Tim Pletkovich and thank you to those who attended.
We hope to have Mr. Pletkovich back again next year to talk about his latest book, Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame. The library will have a copy soon for our patrons to check out.
And at almost every adult presentation, we have a raffle drawing. Roger Bogner won a 1/2 pound of assorted candies from the Minonk Chocolate Factory in Minonk, Illinois. He was even kind enough to share them with the rest of the audience!
Another very successful Christmas Extravaganza at the Library took place last Saturday. Over 500 people attended the event! We hope that everyone that came had a good time!
My husband related to me a story that someone told him who attended the Christmas events in El Paso this last Saturday. Her young son told her that it was one of the greatest times he has had because everywhere they went, everyone was so kind (and handed him candy canes)!
We want to take time to thank the Friends of the El Paso District Library and our director, Carla Skare for their time and dedication to this event. And also to all the volunteers who made crafts, made cookies, gave their time, or anything else they may have done. You do so much for the benefit of the library and we appreciate your time, effort, and the expense that you go through to help out!
My husband is the junior high cross country coach. He sent his athletes an email about D. Paul Miller's presentation. He did such a good job that I am going to plagarize what he wrote:
D. Paul Miller has earned more than 225 medals competing in Senior Olympics track & field, more than 160 of those being gold, and has been awarded more than 10 National Gold Medals. He earned four golds at Nationals this past June. He also holds two national records in bicycling. His 2011 book, From the Dust Bowl to the Corn Fields, reflects on his life which began on a farm 12 miles south of Protection, Kansas. He first drove his family’s Model-T at age 10 and grew up as a Mennonite during the Great Depression. During World War II, he was assigned to a Civilian Public Service camp set up as an alternative to military service, and served without wages.
In 1947, Miller married and began teaching high school. He became Illinois Wesleyan’s sociology chair in 1960 and enjoyed several sabbaticals, living in Europe and with the Amish in Arthur, Illinois. Several years after retiring, he and his wife moved to a small house and “disposed of our earthly goods” as Miller calls it. Miller and his wife both committed to staying physically fit, and he has continued that commitment following her passing in 2010. His typical routine as of a few years ago included daily stretching, yoga, elliptical training, and weight training at the IWU Shirk Center – all before breakfast.
Miller loves to spend time with family and friends, and follows IWU Titan athletics. He owns property in southern Illinois designated as an Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark, and also works on maintaining property near Carlock, Illinois. He has repaired more than 1,000 clocks since 1970. After several years of research, Miller has converted to a mostly vegetarian lifestyle. Among his spiritual views is a quote from Martin Luther, “Here I stand. I can do no other.” His philosophy on happiness? “You need something to do, someone to love and something to hope for.”
I admire and respect him. More than that, he’s an interesting person and he’s fun to be around…he’s very accepting of other viewpoints. -Norm Eash, IWU Head Football Coach
His personality is full of warmth, candor and curiosity. Meeting Miller in person, those same qualities draw you in…his eyes shine with kindness and twinkle with fun. -Nancy Brokaw, IWU Magazine
D. Paul Miller was born in 1917 and is 100 years old.
He will be in El Paso for a presentation on December 12, discussing his experiences at the Senior Olympics and his athleticism. In addition, he may take questions about other aspects of his life. Please consider attending this once-in-a-lifetime event.
D. Paul Miller
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
El Paso District Library
Enter through main doors and take the stairs down to the Community Room.
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs