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New Exhibit on Display from Local Artist Daniel Botkin

Fondulac District Library announces a new exhibit from local artist Daniel Botkin as the latest installment for its ongoing Fine Arts at FDL program.

His mixed media series, Visions of Johanna: The Life and Lyrics of Bob Dylan, will be on display at the library through August. Botkin’s artwork portrays bold and vibrant interpretations of Bob Dylan’s songs, and features thoughtfully executed elements of surrealism. Botkin studied art at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University and graduated with a B.S. in Art. He has exhibited his work in galleries and juried competitions across the nation and has been the recipient of several awards and grants. He also has published three comic books, which are in the archives of the Graphic Novels Collection at Columbia University, and he has recorded three CDs of his music. To learn more about the exhibit, click here, and be sure to stop by the library to enjoy the artwork!

#FDL: Gwendolyn Brooks’ Centennial Celebration

2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the poet, Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth.  Though Brooks died on December 3, 2000, her legacy is very strong in modern literary history.  She is very highly regarded as one of the most important poets of the 20th century.  Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 7, 1917.  Her family moved to Chicago when she was just six years old and the Windy City became her home until her death.

Brooks began writing poetry at an early age and even published a poem in a children’s magazine when she was only thirteen.  She went on to continue publishing and gained praise from prominent African American poets such as Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson.  Brooks drew much of her inspiration from the everyday life of inner city Chicago.  Her second poetry book, Annie Allen, focuses on a young girl in Bronezville, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.  Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for this book.  She was the first African American author to win this prestigious award.

Gwendolyn Brooks continued to gain much recognition during her lifetime. For example, she was named the official poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.  Also, in 1968 she was appointed as Poet Laureate of the state of Illinois.  This was a position that Brooks held until her death.

Poems such as “Song in the Front Yard,” “The Lovers of the Poor,” and “We Real Cool” are among her most famous.

The library is celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks’ Centennial by hosting a Coffeehouse Poetry Night on Wednesday, June 14th. Drop in for refreshments and a short lecture as well as a reading of Brooks’ poetry.  An open mic session will follow where participants are encouraged to read original poetry or a favorite poem.  See more about this event here. 

Read more about Gwendolyn Brooks below:

Illinois State Library Heritage Project

Poetry Foundation

 

Posted by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

Summer Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Community Connection, Fondulac District Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available! It is mailed to residences within the library district and also is available for download and printing from our website. Printed copies can also be picked up at the library.

Whether you are into history, writing, gaming, music, science, or crafts, we’ve got something planned for everyone at the library this summer! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through September. Enjoy!

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#FDL: Summer Reading for Teens and Adults Too

The Summer Reading Program kicked off at our library on June 1st.  What you may not realize is that summer reading is not just for kids.  Teens and adults are encouraged to participate as well! If you already enjoy reading, joining the program and earning points will be a breeze.  Here are some things you may not know about our library’s  summer reading program.

Read for Prizes:  For every 30 minutes of reading, high school students and adults can record 1 point on a point card.  Points can be redeemed upstairs in the Adult Services Department once per week.  Teen and adult prizes are different from the prizes given out to children.  For example, you could win gift cards and coupons from area businesses like Firehouse Pizza, Chick-fil-A, or Potbelly’s.  We also have coupons for library fine forgiveness or our Coffee Corner.  The catch is that these prizes are only available until supplies last. Get your reading in and redeem them early.   Once you reach the maximum of 80 points, turn in the point card for your age group’s grand prize drawing.

We have a theme: Every year the Summer Reading Program has a theme that is adopted by most area libraries. This year it’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). STEAM is an educational approach to learning that encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.  Most of the programs offered this summer have something to do with STEAM education.

Attend Programs:  Want to take a break from reading but still earn points? That’s okay.  Summer reading participants can earn up to 10 points on a point card for attending summer reading programs.   We have quite a variety of programs for teens and adults this summer including 3D printing, Maker Day, Bad Art Night, interior design, and a presentation on the solar eclipse.  Keep track of the programs you attend on your point card as well. Follow this link to view our event calendar.

Stop in  if you have any questions about our Summer Reading Program.  We would be more than happy to help you sign up or find your next great read.

 

Posted by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

Fine Arts at Fondulac District Library

Fine Arts at FDL expands the library’s mission by stimulating imagination and fostering lifelong learning, and gives local artists the opportunity to present new work in a public setting.

  • The library has display areas for both hanging and three-dimensional pieces of art.
  • All display areas are within the library and are publicly viewable during regular library hours.
  • The library encourages all artists in East Peoria and surrounding communities to submit an application for consideration.
  • Applications are welcome anytime and are reviewed on a rolling basis. To be considered, please review the information and policy and complete the online application available here.

Star Wars Day 2017

Fondulac District Library announces Star Wars Day, which celebrates reading and the stories of one of the most popular sagas of all time. The all-ages event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.

Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day and include a new, expanded Jedi training, crafts, a sketch workshop with artist Kiley Beecher, games, Star Wars Bingo, prize drawings, and much more. Special guests from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs costume clubs will be in attendance and available for photographs. Additionally, members of the East Peoria Robo Raiders and Retro Robotics, local First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, will participate in a presentation and demonstration of the real-life “droids” they design, build, and take to competition. The library also offers Star Wars-related books and movies on display and available for check out.

For more information about this special event, visit www.fondulaclibrary.org or call (309) 699-3917.

Special Activities

10:15   Star Wars Bingo
11:00   Star Wars Sketch
11:30   Jedi Training (both Jedi training sessions are the same)
12:30   Jedi Training
2:00     Real-Life Droids: East Peoria Robo-Raiders and Retro Robotics

Ongoing Activities

I Spy with My Jedi Eye: Starting at the Children’s Information Desk
Craft Cantina: Children’s Department: Story and Craft Room – Darth Vader lantern and paper bag Wookiee
Star Wars Puppet Theater: Children’s Department
Photo Booth: Children’s Department
Jedi Training Obstacle Course: Children’s Department & Atrium
X-wing Miniature Game: Library Lobby
Video Arcades: Second Floor (Teen Space)
Tattooine Tattoo Parlor: Second Floor
Perler for Padawans: Second Floor
Boba Fett’s Badge Factory: Second Floor
Force Fair: Atrium – Star Wars Bowling, Star Wars Angry Birds, and Blast-a-Trooper.
Star Wars Science Station: Atrium
Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar: Treats for sale from the Friends of the Library

Spring Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Community Connection, Fondulac District Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available! It is mailed to residences within the library district and also is available for download and printing from our website. Printed copies can also be picked up at the library.

Whether you are into history, writing, gaming, music, science, or crafts, we’ve got something planned for everyone at the library this spring! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through June. Enjoy!

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The Friends of FDL Request Book Donations

The Friends of Fondulac District Library are accepting book donations, specifically paperbacks, to support our military troops.

The Friends mail donated books to military bases overseas and stateside for the troops and their families through the program, Operation Paperback. The most requested books are mystery, sci-fi, biographies, and nonfiction on a variety of topics, including military history, politics, business, and self-help. Donations may be made any time the library is open. Donations are currently scheduled to be packaged and shipped on March 8, 2017.

Operation Paperback is a national, non-profit organization, whose volunteers collect gently-used books and send them to American troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families here at home. Since 1999, the organization has shipped over 2.2 million books. Learn more at operationpaperback.org.

The Friends support the library’s mission through advocacy, fundraising, and volunteerism. Donations of fiction and nonfiction books, music CDs, audiobooks on CD, and DVD or Blu-ray videos and films to their ongoing book sale at the library are always welcome.

Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

Winter Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Community Connection, Fondulac District Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available! It is mailed to residences within the library district and also is available for download and printing from our website. Printed copies can also be picked up at the library.

Whether you are into history, writing, gaming, music, science, or crafts, we’ve got something planned for everyone at the library this winter! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through March. Enjoy!

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1KB4K

1KB4K is an early literacy program designed to promote reading to babies, infants, and toddlers with the goal of having 1,000 books read before Kindergarten.

Getting Started:

  • Register in the Youth Services Department to receive a progress chart to track the first 100 books read to the child.
  • Once the chart is complete, return it to the library for a free book and the next progress chart.
  • A certificate of achievement, book, and book bag will be awarded when the goal of reading 1000 books is met!

For more information, visit or call the library at 309.699.3917 ext, 1291.

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