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Wi-Fi Hotspots are Available for Checkout

The library is now lending wi-fi hotspots! Hotspots allow patrons to borrow free, mobile Internet access for use at home or while traveling. Featuring a compact and lightweight design, these devices have a robust battery life and allow connection of multiple devices to the Internet. A generous donation from the Friends of FDL during the annual Friends of Libraries week covers the first year of this pilot project. The library’s collection includes 10 wi-fi hotspots for patron use.

These devices may be checked out for a two week period, and there is a limit of one device per adult cardholder. Additional information is available here. Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

3D Printing at the Library

3D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object from a digital file. The object is created by laying down successive layers of plastic filament. Patrons can submit a design and have it printed for only $2! Learn more about the library’s 3D printing service here.

New to 3D printing? The library is offering a workshop for designing a 3D printed nameplate on Wednesday, February 7, at 6 p.m. Click here for additional information or to register.

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

GED Preparation Class, Spring 2018

Fondulac District Library is pleased to announce it has again partnered with the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce and the City of East Peoria to offer a free GED preparation class in spring 2018. The class, materials, and required tests will be FREE to qualified participants. Individuals must meet participation requirements to earn free GED test vouchers.

Required registration and testing will be held Thursday, February 15 OR Thursday, February 22, 2018. Individuals interested in the classes must register and take the eligibility tests on one of the two dates being offered. Register in-person between 5:30 and 5:50.  Testing begins each night promptly at 5:50 PM.

Because this is a shortened preparation class, participation in the class will be limited to individuals who test at a 7th grade reading level or above.

Classes will be held Thursdays, March 1 through May 24, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Class will not meet Thursday, March 29.

Classes are held in the Civic Plaza adjacent to the library and city hall in East Peoria.  Check in at the library desk for directions or information.

Students must attend all class sessions to get the most from this program.

Please contact epged2017@gmail.com or (309) 431-1341 with questions.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance at the Library

Fondulac District Library is offering tax preparation assistance through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This free service is available to all, regardless of age, income, or residency. AARP membership is not required.

The service will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday mornings starting February 1 through April 12. Appointments for this assistance are required, and registration begins on January 16. Registration will remain open until all available appointments are filled. To make an appointment, visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 ext. 2251 or 2252. An appointment must be made for each return being prepared. A list of important documents to bring to your appointment is available here.

For more information, please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 ext. 2251 or 2252.

The Great Courses Collection at the Library

The Great Courses collection is the newest addition to the library’s instructional DVDs and language learning kits. These college-level education kits are designed for lifelong learners. Enjoy the experience of quality education without homework or deadlines.

  • Choose these subjects and many more:
    Archaeology
    Astronomy
    Cooking
    Economics
    Genealogy
    History
  • Each kit features books and DVDs filled with quality content from college professors.
  • The Great Courses may be checked out for three weeks and renewed once. Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

#FDL: Holiday Traditions

Many holiday traditions have evolved over time to what they are now.  Santa Claus, Christmas trees, hanging wreaths, and singing “Auld Lang Syne” are just a few of these.

Fill out the form here and tell us your holiday traditions.  Your name will go into a drawing for a prize!

Christmas Trees

Evergreen trees were used by pagans for centuries to celebrate the winter solstice.  It was not until the spread of Christianity that these evolved to symbolize the Christmas holiday.  Germans began to decorate them,  and when Price Albert and Queen Victoria decided to have a Christmas tree at Buckingham Palace, the tradition caught on.

Santa Claus 

Our modern image of a fat man in a red and white suit evolved from the tradition of Saint Nicholas.  The story tells of a kind bishop who desired to help the poor by sneaking into their houses at night and leaving them money. The modern image of Santa Claus was popularized by the artist Thomas Nast.  Nast created a wood engraving (left) for the magazine Harper’s Weekly in 1862. This illustration depicted Saint Nicholas as the jolly old fat man we know today.

Hanging Wreaths

This tradition goes all the way back to ancient Roman times.  The citizens of Rome believed that exchanging evergreen branches at the new year was good luck.  The recipients started to display these branches as circular wreaths on their doorways.

 

Singing “Auld Lang Syne”

The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, wrote down the lyrics of this folk tune in 1788.  The title translates from the gaelic “Auld Lang Syne” to “For old times’ sake.”  The lyrics to the full version of the tune can be found here.  It wasn’t until the Royal Canadians played “Auld Lang Syne” over the radio on December 31, 1929 that it became a traditional New Year’s song in North America.

Post 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.

 

 

 

We’re hiring!

Join Our TeamThe library is now accepting applications for a part-time Custodian position. Please visit https://www.fondulaclibrary.org/about-us/jobs for more information.

Winter 2018 Newsletter Now 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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Online Research Resources

These and other online research resources are available at the library or online 24/7 with your Fondulac District Library card:

News, Magazines, and JournalsEast Peoria Times Courier, Peoria Journal Star, popular magazines, and articles from scholarly publications
Genealogy – Ancestry Library Edition* and HeritageQuest Online
Automotive – Driving permit practice tests and car repair and maintenance information from Chilton Library
Careers and Education – Tools for resume building, job searching, certification exams, and more
Technology – Tutorials for Microsoft Office, social media, and Internet usage
Health – Wellness information and guides to symptoms, treatments, and drug interactions
Finance and Law – Legal forms, legal self-help, and information on the Constitutional Amendments
Geography, History, and Culture – Maps, statistics, and other information on nations worldwide

*Due to licensing restrictions, these resources are only available to users in the library.

Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 if your have questions or need assistance with accessing these resources.

#FDL: What We’re Reading (and loving!) Right Now

Check out what the FDL staff is reading and loving right now!   Click on each book cover to view it in our online catalog or to place a hold.

Oathbringer

By: Brandon Sanderson

Recommended by Jessica R. “I just finished Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, and I already want to read it again! It was an emotional roller coaster of a book, both exciting and heartbreaking. I can’t wait for the next one!”

 

Killing Floor

By: Lee Child

Recommended by Jacob. “Killing Floor is the first book of the Jack Reacher series and is a phenomenal crime novel full of action, suspense, and mystery!”

 

 

Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files

By: Jim Butcher

Recommended by Sarah. “That title is an understatement; it could also have been called Murphy’s Law. That’s how much goes wrong.”

 

 

The Year of the Flood

By:  Margaret Atwood

Recommended by Susie. “This is the second book in Atwood’s dystopian trilogy.  I’m going back and forth between the print and audio book.  It’s probably one of the strangest visions of the future out there.”

 

 

 Magic Burns

By: Ilona Andrews

Recommended by Melissa. “I am listening to Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. This is the second book in the series that follows Kate Daniels, a snarky, mercenary-turned-heroine, through a futuristic Atlanta where sometimes magic works and sometimes technology reigns. Kate has to battle undead creatures with the help of a werewolf and a vampire to get to the bottom of what’s going on.” *Contains explicit language

 

 The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food

By: Lizzie Collingham

Recommended by Jonathan. “An interesting perspective on the role food played in World War II, discussing everything from strategy, politics, logistics, and technology.”

 

 

Strange Weather

By: Joe Hill

Recommended by Tom. This book is a collection of “four novellas about a Polaroid camera that erases memories, a multi-sided look at the gun debate, a solid “cloud,” and what happens when it rains nails.”

 

 

Post 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.

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