Andrea Ingwersen of the Woodford County Health Department dropped off some flyers for us this morning. We keep these upstairs in the older part of the library near the magazines. Andrea said that they will also come out and do presentations on various topics. If there is a topic you are interested in please let us know. An example might be a presentation on RADON gas or mold or other health issues. Andrea mentioned that they recently added low-cost laboratory services so that you might possibly be able to get blood drawn in Eureka instead of having to go to Peoria.
We collect Boxtops for Education. We split them between the three schools in El Paso - Jefferson Park, Centennial, & Prairie Christian.
June goes to Prairie Christian, July goes to Jefferson Park, and August goes to Centennial. It's a very easy way to help out the schools in our town!
The Joyful Genealogist, Kim Mullins visited the library last night to talk about 'Census Clues Can Confuse'. She stressed that census records can give you clues in genealogy but you need to realize that you shouldn't take every detail for the gospel truth. If you tie your census information in with your other genealogical information, you can start to get a clearer picture of your ancestry. She went over the U.S. Census records starting from 1790 going to 1940. Many states also kept census records. She went over many details and potentially confusing information that you may encounter. We had a small crowd but we hope they enjoyed this free and informative presentation. We hope to have her back in the fall so that we can learn about other sources of genealogical information.
A final reminder about the class taught by the Joyful Genealogist, Kim Mullins. The class is called 'Census Clues Can Sometimes Confuse'. We hope to see you there!
We only have three people signed up for the class next Tuesday, May 29th at 6 pm presented by the Joyful Genealogist, Kim Mullins. Kim's class is titled, "Census Clues Can Sometimes Confuse". Please call or sign up at the library to register for this class. We'd really like to give Kim a good audience for her class.
Anyone who has ever tried to piece together a family history knows about Census Records. What do they really tell us? The first U.S. census was done in 1790 and since that time one has been done every 10 years! This class will discuss not only U.S Federal Census Records but State Census Records as well. You will learn who was counted and why, what questions were asked, which schedules are available for each census, researching special populations and how to put all of this together to learn more about your family!
Tim decided to postpone his presentation until after summer is over as people seem to be very busy with vacations and other summer activities. So, the July 17th presentation on Civil War Fathers, World War II sons has been cancelled.
He will give his presentation about Civil War Fathers, World War II sons on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm at the El Paso District Library.
He will give his presentation on Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm at the El Paso District Library.
Please pass this on to anyone you know who commented that they might be attending. We only had 2 people register and we have contacted both of them but we are not sure who else might have been planning on coming.
Kim Mullins, the Joyful Genealogist will be at the library on Tuesday, May 29th at 6 pm to teach 'Census Clues Can Sometimes Confuse'.
Anyone who has tried to piece together a family history knows about Census Records. What do they really tell us? The first U.S. Census was done in 1790 and since that time one has been done every 10 years! This class will discuss not only U.S. Federal Census Records but State Census Records as well. You will learn:
Please register for this class by calling the library (527-4360) or stop by the front desk and register.
Guy Fraker gave a great presentation on Lincoln's time in the 8th Judicial Circuit. Thanks again to the Woodford County Historical Society for helping us bring Guy to the library.
Who: Guy Fraker, local author and retired attorney
What: Presentation on his latest book, Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln's Eighth Judicial Circuit
How: The Woodford County Historical Society and the El Paso District Library combined to bring this speaker to our library.
Where: El Paso District Library
When: 7 pm
We've decided to take a break from the Crochet and Knit club for the summer. The nice weather is beckoning everyone outside and we can understand that crochet and knitting might not be on your agenda with the warm weather finally here.
If you would like a place to come and crochet and knit, you are welcome to bring your project to the library and also bring a friend. You can come anytime we are open. A nice place to set up camp might be the History Room Area or the magazine area. There are some comfortable chairs and you can visit while you knit or crochet. In the hot summer months, the library is a wonderful refuge from the heat!
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs