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Career Transitions Workshop

Career TransitionsIn response to the recent additional local layoffs and in recognition that many members of the community are searching for new employment, Fondulac District Library is offering a tutorial for using its free Career Transitions resource on September 8 at 6 p.m. Career Transitions is an online resource that helps users to search and apply for jobs. It is accessible to any user on Fondulac District Library’s computers, or 24/7 with an Internet-connected computer or device and your Fondulac District Library card number. Visit the online research resources page to access Career Transitions and explore its features.

On October 11 at 3 p.m. the library is offering a resume workshop. Learn the important do’s and don’ts of resume writing, including how to format using templates. This workshop is for those who are just entering or returning to the workforce. Registration is now open, and you can sign up here.

Voting is Open for the READ Poster Contest

Voting is open through August 20 for the READ Poster Contest. Visit the library’s Facebook page and click “like” on your favorite entry in each contest to cast your vote.

Adult contest entries:

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Children’s contest entries:

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Write for the Win! Contest Winner

IMG_8869Congratulations to Cara Dossett, the winner of the “Write for the Win!” short story contest! Cara is from Chillicothe and enjoys writing in her spare time. She is also a member of the PeoWriMos writing group. As the winner of the contest, she received several advanced reading copies, a custom mug, and gift certificates for East Peoria businesses. You can read Cara’s story “Frontier” below.

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3D Printing Workshop for Teens

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Learn how to 3D print at Fondulac District Library! This workshop for teens takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. from July 19-28. Receive guidance for choosing, modifying, and designing your own three dimensional objects using tools online. Finished products will be printed from plastic filament and displayed at an exhibition open to the public on August 11. Register early due to limited space available. Bring a laptop or tablet, or use one provided by the library. Don’t miss this opportunity to use cutting edge technology!

Register now!

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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East Peoria Time Capsule

 

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Those living in the city in 2066 will get a glimpse into life in East Peoria 50 years earlier when they unearth a time capsule being buried on May 21, 2016.

A ceremony dedicating the cornerstone at East Peoria City Hall and placing the time capsule will occur at 1 p.m. May 21 at city hall, 401 W. Washington St. The ceremony will be conducted by the Grand Lodge Masons of Illinois.

The time capsule will contain an 8-inch diameter PVC pipe which will hold the items. It will be sealed and then placed into a 10-inch diameter, 42-inch long PVC pipe. That pipe will have instructions indicating which end to cut when opening the capsule in 2066. The capsule will then be placed in the ground and encased in concrete. A medallion will be set in concrete about four feet from the city hall cornerstone so those planning to open it in 2066 will know where to dig.

Items from 2016 for inclusion in the container are being obtained by members of a time capsule committee comprised of City of East Peoria and Fondulac District Library employees, and officials from the East Peoria Historical Society and Hilton Masonic Lodge 1143. The content is still being finalized, and once all the items are gathered they will be on display at the library.

The time capsule will be painted and those attending the ceremony, which is open to the public, will be invited to sign it.predictions

Due to the ceremony, Richland Street will be closed from Spinder Drive to the roundabout from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. The exit from the Target store onto Clock Tower Drive will also be blocked.

National Library Week

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Last week was National Library Week. We invited patrons to share what they love most about the library, and here’s what they had to say:

“It teaches my daughter lots of new things. She can look at books and play and make new friends. We also love all the activities that are offered!!!”

“It is family time together!”

“My daughters and their children visit all of the area libraries. We all love the story times, craft projects, special children’s programs, family days…too much to mention. The availability of movies to borrow has come a long way since my kids were small. Of course, they always go home with a bag full of books. Where else can we go and have so many free resources? Such a great place for young families, seniors, and those in between…”

“Free internet and unlimited source of knowledge.”

“I love books!”

“It provides book, internet access, movies and stuff!”

“I have very fond childhood memories of all our time at the library. Later I used it a great deal during my years teaching preschool. (Our local RSA is completely amazing, btw!) Now that I have children of my own, our lives are basically centered around the programs we attend at all the libraries in this area, sometimes 4 days a week. The teachers are wonderful and we have made many lasting friendships. The kids have benefited socially and academically. The library is a lifeline for us. We appreciate all the time and effort everyone voluntarily puts in to special events as well. My 3 year old still talks about the Tiny Tot Drive in Movie you arranged almost a year ago and Star Wars Day is the highlight of the year! There are just too many reasons that libraries are important, but they sure are wonderful and we will continue and use their resources for the rest of our lives.”

Congratulations to Becky and Andrea on winning library prize packs for their comments!

We’d like to thank everyone who commented about the library and its services during National Library Week. Your support is greatly appreciated as we continue to provide quality programming, services, and resources for the community.

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, movies, 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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Star Wars Day 2016

041616 star wars dayFondulac 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 16, 2016, at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.

Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day and include Jedi training, crafts, a Star Wars Science Station, 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, a local First Tech Challenge (FTC) team, 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 to library cardholders.

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

Special Activities

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

Ongoing Activities

I Spy with My Jedi Eye: Starting at the Children’s Information Desk
Craft Cantina: Children’s Department: Story and Craft Room – Paper plate BB8 and paper Darth Vader.
Star Wars Puppet Theater: Children’s Department
Photo Booth: Children’s Department
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, Light Side vs. Dark Side Tic Tac Toe, and Blast-a-Trooper.
Star Wars Science Station: Atrium
Makers Space: Atrium – Take a closer look at R2D2, a battle droid, and a jawa.
Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar: Treats for sale from the Friends of the Library
Niima Outpost: Homemade Star Wars crafts for sale from the Friends of the Library

International Games Day 2015

Fondulac District Library will join more than a thousand libraries around the world on November 21, 2015, for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ your library.

Fondulac District Library will celebrate its largest gaming event of the year from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

The library will create a vintage-to-modern videogame arcade, with console games spanning decades. Visitors will be able to try Minecraft or duel with a fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! players. Classic and modern board and card games for all ages will be available to play. Additionally, a human-sized Connect Four will be set up for all to enjoy.

International Games Day is part of a comprehensive gaming initiative at Fondulac District Library. Benefits of offering gaming in the library include, but are not limited to, encouraging social interaction and educating and entertaining the individuals who participate in them. Studies indicate that games aid perception, cognition, and decision making, as well as encourage team work.

International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day please visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/article/international-games-day-2015.

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