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Tax Form Update

Fondulac District Library received Notice 1437 (February 2018) from the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, “Information About Your Tax Forms.” 

The IRS is reviewing The Bipartisan Budget Act enacted on February 9, 2018, that retroactively extended and modified numerous tax provisions covering 2017. As most tax forms were printed for distribution prior to the signing of new legislation, we recognize this may impact some tax forms ordered. To ensure you have the latest version of the tax product, we strongly encourage you to visit IRS.gov for updates on the implementation of this law. Updated versions of tax forms will only be available on IRS.gov.

Please consider this information if you have IRS-printed federal tax forms as distributed at the library. The IRS will not be re-printing forms or redistributing them to the library. Contact 1-800-829-3676 for more information.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Fondulac District Library offers an Interlibrary Loan service to its cardholders. This service allows patrons to request items from beyond central Illinois and outside of the RSACat catalog. Interlibrary Loan requests may be placed in person at the library, by phone at (309) 699-3917, or online by using the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

To learn more about Interlibrary Loans, please contact the library at (309) 699-3917.

#FDL: Happy Galentine’s Day!

Happy Galentine’s Day!

If you don’t know about Galentine’s Day, welcome to your introduction to one of the best holidays ever! Galentine’s Day started as a fun holiday made up by the character Leslie Knope on the television show Parks and Recreation. In a nutshell, it takes place the day before Valentine’s Day and is an opportunity for women to celebrate their friendships with each other – go out to dinner, have a drink or two, watch a favorite movie together, go rollerskating – Galentine’s Day is what you and your lady besties make of it. In honor of Galentine’s Day, here are a few items you can check out from FDL that feature awesome ladies being awesome together.

  • The Rook and Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley. These two books are part of the same series but each features a different pair of best friends using their mutant powers to save the world in service to the Queen. In The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas and Shantay Petoskey become fast friends as they try to work through Myfanwy’s amnesia and find out who’s trying to kill her. In Stiletto, we change perspectives and follow Felicity Clements and Odette Leliefeld, who begin as enemies but finish the book as invaluable friends (still with mutant powers).
  • Orphan Black. Friends, sisters, clones? Does it matter how these ladies define themselves or their relationships to each other? They have each others’ backs and are the ultimate sisterhood.
  • Parks and Recreation. I can’t write about Galentin’s Day without mentioning Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins. They represent ultimate best friend goals and regularly pass the Bechdel Test with their eyes closed and one hand tied behind their back.
  • Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Paper Girls is a little like Stranger Things but with girls with a paper route instead of boys with D&D. Erin, MacKenzie, KJ and Tiffany are loyal to each other whether they’re combating the crappy boys in their neighborhood or the weird aliens who might cause the end of the world, or the *other* weird aliens who also might cause the end of the world. There are also dinosaur geese. If you’re not reading this comic, I highly suggest starting.
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. This isn’t a book about besties. It’s kind of a letter to women everywhere to try to be nice to ourselves and each other. Gay uses pop culture and writes about her own life in discussing feminism and how instead of striving for an abstract ideal, the important thing is to build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

Post by Carey Gibbons, 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.

#FDL: Great Reads for a Snowy Day

Our latest winter weather has been very snowy and there is more yet to come.  Curling up with a good book and a hot drink sounds like a dream come true!

Here are some suggestions for all ages.  Click on each book cover to find the item in our catalog.

Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  2. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
  3. The Long Winter (Little House on the Prairie #6) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  4. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Young Adults

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  3. Shiver by Maggie Maggie Stiefvater
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Adults

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  3. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
  4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  5. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  6. The Shining by Stephen King

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.

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.

 

 

 

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