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BIG Book Sale this Saturday

FDL Friends Booksale 2013Shop and support the library! The Friends of the Library offer bargains for all ages from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29 at their BIG Book Sale in the library’s meeting room. Get the best items at great prices! The group also operates an ongoing sale during all open hours in the library’s lower level.

Audiobook Day to Celebrate Grant

Fondulac District Library has nearly doubled the size of its nonfiction audiobook collection due to the receipt of a $5,000 Back to Books grant. The new titles, available in CD and Playaway formats, are now on display and ready for patrons to checkout at the library. The collection expansion coincides with Audiobook Month, which occurs each year in June.

The library celebrates with Audiobook Day on June 27. Patrons who check out an audiobook from the adult collection on June 27 will receive a prize and may enter a drawing. A representative from Playaway also will be at the library from 3 to 7 p.m. to discuss the all-in-one audiobook players available at the library.

The grant award was were made possible by a combination of funds from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and state of Illinois library funds.

Events Moved

The following events have been relocated from the lower level meeting room to increase accessibility. Please read below for new locations.

Say Hola Spanish Classes    
Wednesdays through July 24 at 10 a.m.
East Peoria Community High School Library, 1401 East Washington Street, East Peoria

Make It/Take It Crafts            
Wednesdays through July 24 at 2 p.m.
Fondulac District Library parking lot (Lobby if inclement weather), 140 East Washington Street, East Peoria

Travel Around the World
Thursdays through July 25 at 2 p.m.
FOLEPI Building, 2230 East Washington Street, East Peoria

Snake Safari: A Reptile Experience
June 25 at 10 a.m.
Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center, 201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria

The Magic Carpet: Stories and Song from Ancient Mesopotamia & Egypt    
July 10 at 7 p.m.
Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center, 201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria

Library Board Meetings              
July 29, August 26, and September 30 at 6 p.m.
Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center, 201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria

Fundraiser for Library

Art Auction & Wine Pull

DOWNLOAD FLYER for Art Auction & Wine Pull

The Kiwanis Club of East Peoria will host an Art Auction and Wine Pull to benefit Fondulac District Library. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Eastport Banquet Center, 703 Mariners Way, East Peoria (near Stoney Creek Inn).

The evening fundraiser will feature an auction of artwork created by students from East Peoria and Metamora high schools. The artwork is juried by panel of local art professionals. Most pieces will be offered via silent auction, with select pieces being offered in a live auction starting at 7:00 p.m.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a chance(s) to pull numbered wine corks that correspond to a nice, very nice, or great bottle of wine.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Fondulac District Library for the furnishing of the children’s story and craft room in the new library building currently under construction in The Levee District, East Peoria’s new downtown.

“We’re very much looking forward to this wonderful fundraiser! It will be a fun night in which we shine the light on some very talented local students and their artistic creations, all while helping create a wonderful new space for the children of East Peoria to grow their curiosity and to be inspired by the stories and knowledge available through the library,” said Tara Terpening, Club President.

Tickets, which include event entry, auction paddle, and hors d’oeuvres, are $25 per person and available from East Peoria Kiwanians, as well at the library. A cash bar and wine pull tickets will be available at the event.

Kiwanis also is accepting donations of wine and financial contributions to increase event proceeds.

Any individual or organization seeking additional information about the event, needing assistance locating a Kiwanis member for tickets, or wishing to make a contribution may call Kyle King at (309) 369-5873.

Give Blood May 10

Looking to make a difference in your community, but unsure how? In about an hour, you can help save several lives! By donating blood, you will help patients locally and across the nation. The library will host a blood drive May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each donor will receive a coupon for one free book from the Friends of the Library’s ongoing book sale in the library’s lower level and a discount coupon for pizza from Papa Murphy’s (while supplies last). Call 699-3917 or visit to make your appointment!


Program Postponed

Please note that the program, 211: Get Connected. Get Answers., originally scheduled for May 2 at Fondulac District Library, has been postponed and may be rescheduled at a later date. Please watch our calendar and website or contact the library for future information.

The Mayor in the Hat

Stories and Fun with Mayor MingusMore than 40 excited children visited Fondulac District Library this morning for a special Read Across America celebration, and East Peoria’s Mayor Dave Mingus joined us to help celebrate Seuss-style! After listening to the Mayor read The Cat in the Hat, the kids made their very own hats! See even more great pictures in the gallery.

Stories with the Mayor

Read Across America DayJoin us at Fondulac District Library this Friday, March 1, at 10 am for a special Read Across America celebration. Mayor Mingus will be stopping by to help celebrate Seuss-style! NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading  in honor of the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Fractured Spirits

Fractured SpiritsBartonville’s abandoned asylum has long had a reputation for being haunted. In her newest book, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, local author Sylvia Shults examines this paranormal hotspot. Join us February 27 at 7 p.m. for a look at a ghost story more than a hundred years in the making. The author also will have copies of the book for sale and will sign books.


How Affordable Care Act affects you

Affordable Care ActHealth care reform will change how many get insurance beginning in 2014. Join us February 20 at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to learn about important health insurance changes, potential tax credits and subsidies, and comparing and purchasing health insurance through insurance companies and insurance exchanges. Please call (217) 358-0302 to register.


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