Food for Fines During National Library Week

Food for Fines 2014To celebrate National Library Week, Fondulac District Library is offering a “Food for Fines” waiver program. Exchange canned goods & other foods for library overdue fines during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014, at Fondulac District Library. All donations go to East Peoria Food Pantry.

Library cardholders will get $1 in current fines* waived for each can or package of the following foods:

  • peanut butter
  • canned chicken or tuna
  • canned vegetables, fruit, or soups
  • cereal
  • pasta

Bring canned goods, or items in boxes or plastic bags or jars (no glass can be accepted) to the circulation desk at the library. Don’t forget to bring your library card!

*No drop-offs, glass containers, open packages, repackaged items, or expired food, please. Food for Fines does not apply to existing or future overdue fines, fees related to damaged or lost items, or fees related to agency collections.

Star Wars Day is April 12

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 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.

Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day and include a story time, Jedi training, a costume derby, crafts, a Star Wars Science Station, games, a Wookieespeak contest, 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 costume clubs will participate in a panel discussion and question and answer session. The library also offers Star Wars-related books and movies on display and available for check out to library cardholders.


10 am-4 pm   —   Ongoing Activities: Crafts, games, and more! I Spy With My Jedi Eye,  Gear Station, Video Game Arcades, Thumb Doodles,  Star Wars Puppet Theater,  Photo Booth, X-wing Miniature Game,  Perler for Padawans,  Boba Fett’s Badge Factory, Tatooine Tattoo Parlor, Force Fair Carnival Games,  Blast-a-Trooper, Star Wars Science Station, Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar

10:15 am   —   Star Wars Storytime: Join Miss Sue and friends as she tells of the awesome adventures and epic stories of Star Wars.

11 am & 1 pm   —   Jedi Training:Bring your lightsaber and experience the power of the Force as you train to become a Jedi Knight! Padawan participants (8th grade or younger) will pledge the sacred Jedi Oath. Then, hone your battle skills as you learn the age-old techniques from a Jedi Master. Under the supervision of the Jedi Master, learn and master moves in an easy, step-by-step process that any true Jedi could handle and even earn a training certificate.

2 pm   —   Costume Derby and Wookieespeak Contest: YOU are the star of Star Wars Day! Come in costume to Star Wars Day and strut your stuff for a chance to win a prize! Show off your garb and tell us more about your character and your costume.  Not dressing up? Still be sure to stop by the costume derby to see and learn more about the cool costumes.  All attendees in costume are invited to assemble at the derby for a special drawing. Separate drawings will be held for adults and kids.

Arrrrrwrrrrrronnkkk raarrh! Have you mastered intergalactic communication? Treat us to your best call of the wild, and you could win a prize!

3 pm   —   Meet the Legions: It takes a Light Side AND a Dark Side to bring balance to the Force of costuming…which side will you join? Members of the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs participate in this panel discussion, answering questions about the  organizations, their costumes, and more.

These supporters, we thank.

Fondulac District Library would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support of Star Wars Day.

Midwest Garrison, Illinois chapter of The 501st Legion
Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club
Rebel Legion
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

Peoria Riverfront Museum
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)
Robert Haddock, Random House Inc.
Fantasy Flight Games
The Levee District, including Potbelly and Costco
Creve Coeur Public Library
Owen and Rion
Our awesome SWD volunteers, including Key Club, Dave Gibbons, the Wheelers, and more

Courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.

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. Read all about the great events, programs, and services from FDL. We’ve got something for everyone this April through June, including Star Wars Day, gardening workshops, new book clubs, Comics Book Week 2, technology and art workshops, Summer Reading, and so much more!

Valentines for Seniors

valentines for seniorsValentine’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.

Tax Assistance Cancelled at FDL

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.


METEC’s Volunteer  Income Tax Assistance Program

Super Game Day

Super Game Day

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.

Downton Abbey Tea Time

Downton Abbey Tea TimeFondulac 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.

Now Offering Notary Service

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

Comics Week: 1/6-1/12

Comics WeekCelebrate 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!

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.

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!

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?

Stop by the Children’s Department anytime January 11 to celebrate comics and superheroes and make super hero cards and super hero pops!

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.

Latest 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. 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!

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