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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.


It’s Tax Time!

Fondulac District Library is a great resource during tax season!

Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP volunteers provide tax preparation assistance by appointment only on Wednesdays and Fridays, February 6 through April 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers can’t answer questions about rental property, farms, and small business. Call 699-3917 for an appointment. If you are unable to make on Wednesday and Friday mornings, several other local libraries are hosting the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. Use the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Locator to see the locations and schedules.

The Central Illinois Agency on Aging helps prepare Circuit Breaker forms on Wednesdays only, February 6 through April 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. No registration is required for the service.

Tax Forms

Our library is again participating in the Tax Form Outlet Program, but please be aware that we are still awaiting delivery of most federal and Illinois forms. Both the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue have explained that very limited supplies of tax forms and instructions will be available in print this year, and some IRS forms & instructions are still under revision due to recent legislation.

According to the IRS, “the production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  At this time, we do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on or in print.”

For more information and links, please visit our tax resources page.

Looking for work?

Reentering the Work WorldAre you looking for work or reentering the work world? The economy, layoffs, or concern for the future may be motivating you to look for a job. On January 30 from 9 to 11 a.m., a Workforce Network professional will discuss what’s needed to find work in today’s job market. Come to this educational and helpful program at Fondulac District Library to learn about free resources available in the community, applying online, tailoring resumes to highlight your strengths, and the necessary skills to get a job.


Medicare for 2013

Medicare UpdatesJoin us January 16 at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. for a seminar with information about the components of Medicare along with the changes for 2013. Please call (217) 358-0302 to register.

Adult Winter Reading Program Begins

Chill Out and ReadReading is the perfect way de-stress after the holiday season! Adults age 18 and older are invited to participate in CHILL OUT & READ, our adult winter reading program. It’s easy! Pick up or download a participation log between January 2 and February 28. Read books and magazines, listen to audiobooks, and/or attend Fondulac District Library programs during that time. Fill out your participation log, then turn it in to staff at the checkout desk by February 28, 2013, to receive a surprise and a chance to win one of several other prizes! Read the CHILL OUT & READ webpage for all of the details…

The Magic Storyteller Coming 1/3

Chris McBrien, The Magic StorytellerThe holidays are over, school is still out, and the kids are bored!   What are you going to do? Bring the entire family to Fondulac District Library January 3 at 2 p.m. for an entertaining show by the talented Chris McBrien. He delights audiences of all ages with his magic show, comedy, ventriloquism, and puppets. Don’t miss out on the fun!


Latest Newsletter Now Available

FDL Newsletter Winter 2013The Winter 2013 issue of Fondulac District Library’s Community Connection newsletter, covering programs and library happenings from January to March, is now available. Watch for your copy in the mail, read it online on our website, or pick up a copy at the library.

The latest library newsletter includes:

  • Info on upcoming events for all ages, including family fun with The Magical Storyteller and a teddy bear sleepover, as well as programs on Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, young adult novels headed to the big screen, and more.
  • Ch-ch-ch-changes! Notes from our Director on all of the new and exciting things coming to the library in 2013 and the many new things that are already here.
  • Announcements for the Adult Winter Reading Program and a NEW book club for young adults
  • It’s Tax Time! Find out more about tax prep assistance at the library.


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