Valentine’s Day isn’t just about young, romantic love. Take some time out this Saturday, February 8, to write and send a heartfelt Valentine to a local senior citizen. Knowing someone is thinking of you is some of the greatest love of all! Our Valentine creation station will be open all day, and library staff will deliver the cards to local care facilities before Valentine’s Day.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has cancelled its tax preparation assistance service hosted at Fondulac District Library for the 2014 tax season. The AARP Tax Aide volunteer coordinator contacted the library the afternoon of January 31 to notify the library of the cancellation. AARP will notify those who have already made appointments of the cancellation. (Update 2/2/14: The library has been informed that AARP contacted appointment holders with a pre-recorded phone call message the afternoon of 2/2/14.)
AARP Tax-Aide provides tax service at several locations in the area. Please visit the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator online or call 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277) to find another location. Visit the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for more information about the AARP tax preparation program.
Please note that AARP’s cancellation of the service at Fondulac District Library does not affect the Circuit Breaker form preparation assistance being provided the Central Illinois Agency on Aging being offered at the library. The Central Illinois Agency on Aging helps prepare Circuit Breaker forms on Wednesdays only, February 5 through April 9, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. No registration is required for the service.
OTHER LOCAL TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
UPDATE: Super Game Day was a success! About 150 people participated in the gaming fun, and all reported have a great time! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and also to the staff and volunteers that made it happen. Don’t forget that board gaming and video gaming are available at the library anytime the library is open!
Join us Saturday, January 25, as Fondulac District Library kicks off its new gaming program! Get out of the cold, bring the family, bring your friends, or even come by yourself. No matter what, come PLAY at the library! Join us for all sorts of games! Board games, video games, prizes, and much more will be available. Learn to play a new game, and see what your library has to offer.
- video arcade with vintage and new games
- intro to Pathfinder
- learn and play modern board games
- games available for players age 10* and up
*The program has been designed for older kids, teens, and adults. However, all ages are welcome.
Please feel free to call Laura or Nick at the library with questions about subject matter and skill levels.
This program will be located in the Library and Civic Plaza meeting rooms.
Fondulac District Library requests your presence at an afternoon tea – Downton Abbey style! At 2 p.m. February 22, learn about English life between the wars, see fashions from the time, enjoy goodies, and discuss Downton, of course! Registration is limited and begins January 2 at the library. $5 per person due at sign up.
Fondulac District Library’s Adult Services Department now provides free notary public service to the community. A notary public is almost always available when the library is open. However, notary service is not guaranteed, and you may wish to call the library at (309) 699-3917 in advance to confirm the availability of a notary public. Notary service is offered at the Information Desk on the second floor. For more information, call the library or visit www.fondulaclibrary.org/services/#notary.
Celebrate all that is comics – comic books, comic strips, graphic novels, and more! Check out comics from special displays of our collections, enter drawings, and attend one of our great scheduled events!
MANGA FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Come to a fun and informative program January 6 at 6:30 p.m. about manga, or Japanese comics. Learn how it is uniquely drawn, its popular storylines, and what’s available at the library.
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS 101
Not just escapades and guys in capes, graphic novels and comics are growing in popularity with readers of all ages. Join a crash course January 8 at 7 p.m. on everything from The Avengers to Y: The Last Man and all that’s in between!
SUPERHEROES & PATRIOTS: COMIC BOOK PROPAGANDA UNVEILED
On January 9 at 7 p.m., Learn how superheroes have commented on and even shaped public opinion and policies. Often dismissed as kid stuff, comics are and have been more influential and reflective of culture and society than given credit for. As blockbusters from the likes of Marvel and DC hit theatres, what messages are the new crop of superheroes promoting? Are you savvy enough to spot them?
SUPERHERO MAKE-AND-TAKE CRAFTS
Stop by the Children’s Department anytime January 11 to celebrate comics and superheroes and make super hero cards and super hero pops!
MAKE YOUR OWN MINI-COMIC
Have you ever thought about writing and drawing your own comic book? Here’s your shot! Join us at 1 p.m. January 11 for an all-ages workshop.
Whether you fancy yourself as Wonder Woman, Katniss, the Doctor, or Finn from Adventure Time, we want to see what you’ve got January 11 at 2:30 p.m.! Put on your best cosplay duds, and win some cool prizes.
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. This issue is packed full with happenings to come at the library! Highlights include Comics Week in January, a Downton Abbey Tea Time, new afterschool programs, Super Game Day, and more!
Fondulac District Library and Digital Outfitters have partnered to organize Operation Stitch-a-Stocking, a project which provides free custom embroidered holiday stockings to those affected by the tornadoes and storms that struck central Illinois in November. Operation Stitch-a-Stocking sponsors donated more than 1,000 stockings for the local project. Sponsors supporting the project include Pekin Insurance, Target (East Peoria), and Unland Companies.
Individuals or families from central Illinois affected by the storm may visit Fondulac District Library in East Peoria from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, or Thursday, December 12, to select the style of stocking they would like and to provide the information needed for the embroidery. There is no charge for the stockings or embroidery service to those recovering from the recent disasters.
Area residents unaffected by the tornado also are welcome to participate in Operation Stitch-a-Stocking. Anyone may bring in stockings for custom embroidery in exchange for a donation to the Hometown Community Bank’s tornado relief funds. A minimum donation of $5 per stocking is requested.
Completed embroidered stockings will be available for pick up at the library from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17.
“We are looking forward to sharing this project with many families and hope it brings joy, hope, and the holiday spirit to the residents of central Illinois,” said Ivan Coziahr, Fondulac District Library board member and co-founder of Digital Outfitters.
For additional information about Operation Stich-a-Stocking, please contact Digital Outfitters at 309-966-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fondulac District Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, and will remain closed through Sunday, December 1. The library will reopen Monday, December 2, at 9 a.m. Although the library building will be closed, the library’s online services, such as the Alliance Digital Media Library eBooks and audiobook, Zinio digital magazines, TumbleBooks, Ask a Librarian, and online research resources are still available 24/7. Patrons may also search and place holds in the online catalog and check their accounts to renew items.
The library’s event calendar is back! Check it often for new events and updates to the great programming held here at Fondulac District Library.