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  • SPRING 2017 Volume 19, Issue 2 ____________________ 400 Richland Street East Peoria, IL 61611 3 0 9 . 6 9 9 . 3 9 1 7 ____________________ LIBRARY HOURS Mon-Thurs 9a-9p Fri 9a-6p Sat 9a-5p Sun (Sept-May) 1p-5p Exceptions: April 16 - Closed May 10 - Open at 11 a.m. May 28 - Closed May 29 - Closed

    All library programs and events are free and located at the library, unless otherwise noted. Some programs require registration.

    REGISTER at the library, at, or by calling 699-3917, unless otherwise noted. Space may be limited.

    DROP IN programs do not require registration.

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    BIG BOOK SALE Shop and support the library! The Friends of the Library offer bargains for all ages at their annual BIG Book Sale. Get the best items at great prices! The group also operates an ongoing sale during all open hours on the library’s first floor. Donations of books, music, and movies are accepted all year long at the library’s circulation desk.

    THURSDAY, JUNE 29 4:00-7:30 P.M.

    Preview Night for Friends of FDL Members

    Not a member? Not a problem! Become a member at the door for $5!

    FRIDAY, JUNE 30 9:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.

    Open to the public

    SATURDAY, JULY 1 9:30 A.M.-3 P.M.

    Open to the public

  • LIBRARY BOARD MEETINGS Last Mondays • 6 p.m. April 24 May 22 June 26 Recordings of Fondulac District Library Board meet- ings are available online at

    LIBRARY FRIENDS MEETING Monday, May 1 6 p.m. The Friends support the library’s mission through advocacy, fundraising, and volunteerism. Annual dues are only $5.

    NOTARY SERVICE Fondulac District Library provides free notary public service to the community. A notary public is avail- able almost always when the library is open. Notary service is not guaranteed, however; please call the library in advance in order to confirm the availability of a notary public. For additional information, call the library at 699-3917 or visit fondulaclibrary. org/services.

    ONGOING BOOK SALE Open during regular library hours, the Friends ongoing Book Sale is located on the first floor across from the elevator. Great used books, music, and movies are available with prices starting at 25¢.


    FONDULAC DISTRICT LIBRARY TO LEND BOARD GAMES Fondulac District Library is proud to announce that board games will soon be available for checkout. Located on the second floor, the selection of board games includes numerous popular and unique titles, such as:

    • Forbidden Island • Ticket to Ride • Settlers of Catan • Innsmouth Escape • Abyss • Dead Panic • Chez Dork • Flux • Munchkin • Star Realms

    Add fun to your party, or start a new game night tradition. Board games are a winning ad- dition to a special event or even a great way to spend a rainy day! Board games will be checked out at the second floor Information Desk. A patron may check out up to two board games at a time for one week, and games may be renewed once. Let the good times roll! Board games will be hitting the shelves soon! Stay tuned for details and announcements at

    SUGGESTED READING FOR KIDS BY KIDS If your child is looking for something new to read, stop by the Youth Services Department and pick up a suggested reading list. Books on these lists are comprised of recommendations from Fondulac District Library patrons in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Discover what books other kids are enjoying and check out a title that has gotten two thumbs up!

    Children who want to contribute to a suggested reading list are invited to fill out a slip with their name, age, and the title and author of the book they enjoyed, and place it in the suggestion box located in the Youth Services Department.

    Take a look at one of the latest suggestions from a young FDL reader:

    Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff Recommended by Alexis, age 11 Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he’s not very good at. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

    #FDL: EXPERIENCE NEW CONTENT ON THE LIBRARY WEBSITE Fondulac District Library is excited to offer more new and unique content on its website. #FDL is a space that explores a variety of topics, such as suggestions and exciting facts about the book and library world. Learn interesting tidbits about FDL and the East Peo- ria community, discover historical highlights, and much more with these quick and informative postings. If you enjoy “FDL Reads,” you will definitely want to check out #FDL at

  • StaR wars day Saturday, April 8 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Star Wars Day celebrates one of the most popular sa- gas of all time. Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day and include a new, expanded Jedi training, a sketch workshop with artist Kiley Beech- er, crafts, games, Star Wars Bingo, prize drawings, and much more. Costumed characters will be in attendance

    and available for photographs. Additionally, members of the East Peoria Robo Raiders, a local First Tech Challenge (FTC) team, will participate in a presentation and demonstration of the re- al-life “droids” they design, build, and take to competition. The library also offers Star Wars-relat- ed books and movies on display and available for check out. Additional details will be released on as the event nears. DROP IN

    CHORALE CONCERT Thursday, April 27 •2 p.m. The East Peoria High School Chorale, and their girls a cappella group, will provide an afternoon of music at Fondulac District Library. DROP IN

    EAST PEORIA WOMAN’S CLUB ART SHOW April 24 - May 4 Enjoy an eclectic display of art during the East Peoria Woman’s Club Art Show. The East Peoria Wom- an’s Club supports the artistic endeavors of students by sponsoring and giving them recognition at this annual show. The exhibit showcases the art of East Peoria Central Jr. High and East Peoria Community High School students, and is judged by local artists. Winners are awarded ribbons. The artwork is avail- able for viewing anytime during the library’s operating hours.

    URBAN GARDENING Saturday, April 29 • 1 p.m. Think you can’t grow your own food in the city? Think again! Visit the library for a pre- sentation on urban gardening and all it has to offer you. This presentation includes information on small space gardening techniques for anyone, anywhere. Cheap seed starting options will also be demonstrated. The presentation is geared toward teens and adults, but kids are welcome to attend with an adult and participate! REGISTER

    SUMMER READING KICKOFF: STEAM DAY Saturday, June 3 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with demonstrations and hands-on activities at the library! DROP IN

    MAKER DAY Saturday, June 10 • 1-4 p.m. Maker Day is a fun, interactive way to celebrate creativity and imagination within your community and beyond. It’s inspiration for all ages and anyone who loves DIY. Crafters, artists, engineers, hobbyists, scientists, and others are invited to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their craft. If you are a maker (teen or adult) and would like to have a booth for this event, apply online at through the library calendar. This event is free and open to the public. Come by and see what your community is doing and how you might get involved! DROP IN

    JUGGLING JEFF Friday, July 14 • 2:30 p.m. Juggling Jeff entertains audiences of all ages with comedy, improvisation, juggling, audience interac- tion, and more! DROP IN

    GAMING @ THE LIBRARY Fondulac District Library offers in-library gaming for all ages during regular library hours. DROP IN

    Board and Card Games For all ages

    Wii/Wii U Video Games For kids through 8th grade

    PlayStation 3 & 4 Steam Digital PC Games For teens ages 14-19

    PUZZLES @ THE LIBRARY The library lends 500+ piece jigsaw puzzles. Take a puzzle home for a week, put it all together, bring it back, and grab another!

    YU-GI-OH NIGHT 1st Thursdays • 6 p.m. Meet at the library for a friendly duel. Gather your best decks and see what you can do. The library’s Yu- Gi-Oh! Night is a great time to try a new deck or see how an old favorite stands up. DROP IN


  • Getting Started with Genealogy Tuesday, April 4 • 3 p.m. This informative workshop provides strategies and tips for beginning your genealogy research using the library’s databases, HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition. Bring a laptop/device or use one provided by the library. REGISTER

    RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP Thursday, April 13 • 6:30 p.m. In this workshop a library database is utilized to create a quick-and-easy, personalized resume that you can save or print. Basic keyboarding skills are required. Please bring your previous work informa- tion to complete the resume. REGISTER

    Monday, May 15 • 6 p.m. Cast Iron Cookware is back by popular demand! Learn about different sizes, shapes, and uses for cast iron cookware, as well as how to maintain it, and some delicious recipes to make in it. REGISTER

    COFFEEHOUSE POETRY NIGHT Wednesday, June 14 • 6 p.m. Come to the library for literary fun! The legacy of poet Gwen- dolyn Brooks is being celebrated this month. A reading of