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Library Offers Genealogy Research Resources

GenealogyFondulac District Library is proud to offer new resources that use technology to make tracing family trees easier.  Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online are web-based reference tools which allow users to start exploring their roots by searching a name. Links to these new resources are available on the Online Research Resources page.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online are available to users in the library, and HeritageQuest Online is also available remotely with a Fondulac District Library card. Ancestry Library Edition, powered by the popular website, scans a vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images, census records, and civil registrations. Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. HeritageQuest Online provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

The library plans to offer workshops for utilizing these resources in the fall, and the dates will be announced on the library’s website.

Sign up for the Bowling Party!

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Participants (of all ages!) in this year’s summer reading program can sign up for the bowling party on July 30 at Landmark Lanes! Please register and prepay at the library before the party. The cost is $1 per person and up to $5 per family. Choose to bowl at 6 or 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

We’re Hiring!

Picture1Love the library? Why not work here? We currently have a part-time opening for a Youth Services Assistant.

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East Peoria Time Capsule


The Time Capsule 5-4-16

Those living in the city in 2066 will get a glimpse into life in East Peoria 50 years earlier when they unearth a time capsule being buried on May 21, 2016.

A ceremony dedicating the cornerstone at East Peoria City Hall and placing the time capsule will occur at 1 p.m. May 21 at city hall, 401 W. Washington St. The ceremony will be conducted by the Grand Lodge Masons of Illinois.

The time capsule will contain an 8-inch diameter PVC pipe which will hold the items. It will be sealed and then placed into a 10-inch diameter, 42-inch long PVC pipe. That pipe will have instructions indicating which end to cut when opening the capsule in 2066. The capsule will then be placed in the ground and encased in concrete. A medallion will be set in concrete about four feet from the city hall cornerstone so those planning to open it in 2066 will know where to dig.

Items from 2016 for inclusion in the container are being obtained by members of a time capsule committee comprised of City of East Peoria and Fondulac District Library employees, and officials from the East Peoria Historical Society and Hilton Masonic Lodge 1143. The content is still being finalized, and once all the items are gathered they will be on display at the library.

The time capsule will be painted and those attending the ceremony, which is open to the public, will be invited to sign it.predictions

Due to the ceremony, Richland Street will be closed from Spinder Drive to the roundabout from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. The exit from the Target store onto Clock Tower Drive will also be blocked.

National Library Week


Last week was National Library Week. We invited patrons to share what they love most about the library, and here’s what they had to say:

“It teaches my daughter lots of new things. She can look at books and play and make new friends. We also love all the activities that are offered!!!”

“It is family time together!”

“My daughters and their children visit all of the area libraries. We all love the story times, craft projects, special children’s programs, family days…too much to mention. The availability of movies to borrow has come a long way since my kids were small. Of course, they always go home with a bag full of books. Where else can we go and have so many free resources? Such a great place for young families, seniors, and those in between…”

“Free internet and unlimited source of knowledge.”

“I love books!”

“It provides book, internet access, movies and stuff!”

“I have very fond childhood memories of all our time at the library. Later I used it a great deal during my years teaching preschool. (Our local RSA is completely amazing, btw!) Now that I have children of my own, our lives are basically centered around the programs we attend at all the libraries in this area, sometimes 4 days a week. The teachers are wonderful and we have made many lasting friendships. The kids have benefited socially and academically. The library is a lifeline for us. We appreciate all the time and effort everyone voluntarily puts in to special events as well. My 3 year old still talks about the Tiny Tot Drive in Movie you arranged almost a year ago and Star Wars Day is the highlight of the year! There are just too many reasons that libraries are important, but they sure are wonderful and we will continue and use their resources for the rest of our lives.”

Congratulations to Becky and Andrea on winning library prize packs for their comments!

We’d like to thank everyone who commented about the library and its services during National Library Week. Your support is greatly appreciated as we continue to provide quality programming, services, and resources for the community.

Winter 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, movies, 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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Musicians wanted!

musicians wantedMusically-inclined or know someone who is? The 2015 summer reading theme is “Read to the Rhythm,” and library staff is planning a “Summer Reading Finale Fun Fair” for all ages (Saturday, August 1, 11 am–5 pm) and wants to include live music. We are currently seeking bands/musicians that teens and adults could enjoy in the afternoon. (Don’t worry, kids! We’ve got you covered in the morning!) If interested, please contact directly with your information, type of music, fees (if any), setup requirements, etc.

FDL Reads: Storm Front

Cover image for Storm frontStorm Front by Jim Butcher

Reviewed by: Jimi Roberts, Circulation Assistant

Genre: Modern Fantasy

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: This is book 1 in the Dresden Files.  We follow the protagonist, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, the only practicing wizard in the phone book.  He is a private investigator, who does a lot of consultation work, for the Chicago Police Department, on cases that have a supernatural ring to them.  This is not to say, everyone in the department believes he is legit – quite the opposite.  But, we follow him as he works to discover the truth behind a double murder, that seems to have been committed by some type of dark magic.

My review: People have been telling me for years to read this series.  I was a bit skeptical because I am getting burned out on fantasy creatures in modern times, because it’s been done to death.  That said, I took the plunge anyway, because so many people recommended it and I was not let down.  In fact, I could not put this book down.  At its core, this is very much a detective story and is formulaic, but I still found it highly entertaining.  The world is lush and vibrant, and the characters charming and inviting.  I am told the series gets better, and fans of it claim that the first installment could be one of the weaker entries.  If that is indeed the case, then sign me up for the series, because I felt it was very solid.  I am about halfway through book 2 and I find the quality to be ramping up quickly, so that bodes well.  I could see this book appealing to multiple types of readers.  Fans of modern fantasy and even high fantasy, will find familiar elements that will make them feel at home in the world.  I could also see fans of something like the Alex Cross books branching into something like this, if they want to try something similar but with magic and fantasy elements.  My literary pleasures are diverse, and I found this book to cater to a lot of them well without spreading itself too thin.  Soon I’ll be one of the masses who tells everyone to read this series, and if you dive into this book, I suspect you will be too.

Rating: 5/5

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About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

We’re hiring!

We're hiring!Love the library? Why not work here?!

Fondulac District Library is currently seeking enthusiastic, tech savvy, and fun qualified applicants for several positions.

Please see the Library Job Openings page for information about positions, job descriptions, qualifications, and more.

BIG Book Sale Returns in June

Big Book Sale 2014The Friends of Fondulac District Library BIG Book Sale returns June 20 and June 21 at the library! Excellent hardback and paperback books for all ages will be sold at a reasonable prices on Friday, June 20, from 10 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday, June 21, from 9 am to 3 pm. Shoppers also have the chance to win one of several door prizes donated by East Peoria businesses. After the Big Book Sale, the remaining paperback books will be boxed and mailed to military facilities to support the U.S. Armed Forces and their families using the non-for-profit organization Operation Paperback.

The Friends group maintains a ongoing book sale, as well, at the library. The ongoing sale is open anytime the library is. The Friends accepts donations of books, movies, or music at the library at any time. The Friends of Fondulac District Library is dedicated to supporting the library through advocacy, financial support and volunteerism. Please contact the library at 699-3917 to learn more about this organization, the Big Book Sale, or to donate items.

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