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FDL Matinee Marathon

Fondulac District Library is excited to announce its first “Matinee Marathon!” This program celebrates the excitement of cinema and gives patrons of all ages a chance to win a prize drawing for watching movies they check out from the library. Pick up a Matinee Marathon participation log at any service desk and return the completed log to the Second Floor Information Desk by November 30 for a chance to win! Participants may complete and submit more than one log during the program for multiple chances to win, so grab your library card, pop some popcorn, and press play! Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

Friends of Fondulac District Library Bus Trip

The Friends of Fondulac District Library are hosting a bus trip to the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora with a stop at Louis Joliet Mall on Friday, November 10. Snacks, games, and drawings for door prizes will be included. Registration and a payment of $50 by cash or check are required, and meals are not included. The proceeds from the trip will benefit the library and its programs and events.

Bus Trip Schedule:

7:00 am         Arrive at the library to check in
7:30 am         Bus departs the library
10:00 am      Arrival at Chicago Premium Outlet Mall
2:30 pm        Bus departs for Louis Joliet Mall
3:15 pm         Arrival at Louis Joliet Mall
6:30 pm        Bus departs for return to the library
9:00 pm        Bus arrives at the library

Pick up and complete the registration form at the library, or download and print a copy here and turn it in at the checkout desk.

Questions? Please contact:
Vicki (309) 694.3620 or Joyce (309) 698.9091

 

Autumn 2017 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 fall! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through December. Enjoy!

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Story Times at the Library

Fondulac District Library’s Story Times feature a different theme every week and include songs, flannel board stories, and crafts, in addition to great books! Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to new friends and encourage early literacy. View the details below or click here to see the Story Time Calendar.

WEEKDAY STORY TIMES
September 11-November 17

Little Listeners • 4-6 years old • Mondays at 10 a.m.
Together Time • 2-3 years old & adult • Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Family Story Time • 2+ years old & adult • Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Tiny Tot Time • 1-2 years old & adult • Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Baby Lapsit • Birth-1 year old & adult • Fridays at 10 a.m.

OTHER STORY TIMES
Sensory Story Time • 2-7 years old • Saturday, Sept.16, at 11 a.m.
Prince and Princess Story Time • 2-7 years old • Oct. 14 & Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Saturday Morning Story Time • 2-7 years old • Oct. 28 & Nov. 25 at 11 a.m.

Free GED Classes this Fall

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 this fall. The class, materials, and required tests will be FREE to qualified participants. Individuals must meet participation requirements to earn free GED test vouchers.

Registration and testing are required for the classes and will be held Thursday, August 24 OR Thursday, August 31, 2017. People interested in the classes must register and take the eligibility tests on one of the two dates being offered. Register in-person between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The test will begin promptly at 6 PM.

Classes will be held Thursdays, September 7 to December 21, 2017, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Students must attend all class sessions to get the most from this program.

Please read the additional important information located at:
https://www.fondulaclibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/GED-Flier-and-FAQ-Fall-2017.pdf

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

New Exhibit on Display from Local Artist Daniel Botkin

Fondulac District Library announces a new exhibit from local artist Daniel Botkin as the latest installment for its ongoing Fine Arts at FDL program.

His mixed media series, Visions of Johanna: The Life and Lyrics of Bob Dylan, will be on display at the library through August. Botkin’s artwork portrays bold and vibrant interpretations of Bob Dylan’s songs, and features thoughtfully executed elements of surrealism. Botkin studied art at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University and graduated with a B.S. in Art. He has exhibited his work in galleries and juried competitions across the nation and has been the recipient of several awards and grants. He also has published three comic books, which are in the archives of the Graphic Novels Collection at Columbia University, and he has recorded three CDs of his music. To learn more about the exhibit, click here, and be sure to stop by the library to enjoy the artwork!

#FDL: Gwendolyn Brooks’ Centennial Celebration

2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the poet, Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth.  Though Brooks died on December 3, 2000, her legacy is very strong in modern literary history.  She is very highly regarded as one of the most important poets of the 20th century.  Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 7, 1917.  Her family moved to Chicago when she was just six years old and the Windy City became her home until her death.

Brooks began writing poetry at an early age and even published a poem in a children’s magazine when she was only thirteen.  She went on to continue publishing and gained praise from prominent African American poets such as Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson.  Brooks drew much of her inspiration from the everyday life of inner city Chicago.  Her second poetry book, Annie Allen, focuses on a young girl in Bronezville, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.  Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for this book.  She was the first African American author to win this prestigious award.

Gwendolyn Brooks continued to gain much recognition during her lifetime. For example, she was named the official poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.  Also, in 1968 she was appointed as Poet Laureate of the state of Illinois.  This was a position that Brooks held until her death.

Poems such as “Song in the Front Yard,” “The Lovers of the Poor,” and “We Real Cool” are among her most famous.

The library is celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks’ Centennial by hosting a Coffeehouse Poetry Night on Wednesday, June 14th. Drop in for refreshments and a short lecture as well as a reading of Brooks’ poetry.  An open mic session will follow where participants are encouraged to read original poetry or a favorite poem.  See more about this event here. 

Read more about Gwendolyn Brooks below:

Illinois State Library Heritage Project

Poetry Foundation

 

Posted 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.

Summer 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. 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 summer! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through September. Enjoy!

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#FDL: Summer Reading for Teens and Adults Too

The Summer Reading Program kicked off at our library on June 1st.  What you may not realize is that summer reading is not just for kids.  Teens and adults are encouraged to participate as well! If you already enjoy reading, joining the program and earning points will be a breeze.  Here are some things you may not know about our library’s  summer reading program.

Read for Prizes:  For every 30 minutes of reading, high school students and adults can record 1 point on a point card.  Points can be redeemed upstairs in the Adult Services Department once per week.  Teen and adult prizes are different from the prizes given out to children.  For example, you could win gift cards and coupons from area businesses like Firehouse Pizza, Chick-fil-A, or Potbelly’s.  We also have coupons for library fine forgiveness or our Coffee Corner.  The catch is that these prizes are only available until supplies last. Get your reading in and redeem them early.   Once you reach the maximum of 80 points, turn in the point card for your age group’s grand prize drawing.

We have a theme: Every year the Summer Reading Program has a theme that is adopted by most area libraries. This year it’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). STEAM is an educational approach to learning that encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.  Most of the programs offered this summer have something to do with STEAM education.

Attend Programs:  Want to take a break from reading but still earn points? That’s okay.  Summer reading participants can earn up to 10 points on a point card for attending summer reading programs.   We have quite a variety of programs for teens and adults this summer including 3D printing, Maker Day, Bad Art Night, interior design, and a presentation on the solar eclipse.  Keep track of the programs you attend on your point card as well. Follow this link to view our event calendar.

Stop in  if you have any questions about our Summer Reading Program.  We would be more than happy to help you sign up or find your next great read.

 

Posted 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.

Fine Arts at Fondulac District Library

Fine Arts at FDL expands the library’s mission by stimulating imagination and fostering lifelong learning, and gives local artists the opportunity to present new work in a public setting.

  • The library has display areas for both hanging and three-dimensional pieces of art.
  • All display areas are within the library and are publicly viewable during regular library hours.
  • The library encourages all artists in East Peoria and surrounding communities to submit an application for consideration.
  • Applications are welcome anytime and are reviewed on a rolling basis. To be considered, please review the information and policy and complete the online application available here.
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