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BIG BOOK SALE Shop and support the library! The Friends of the Library of- fer 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 in the library’s lower level. Donations of books, music, and movies are accepted all year long at the library’s circulation desk. SPRING 2015 Volume 17, Issue 2 ____________________ 400 Richland Street East Peoria, IL 61611 309.699.3917 ____________________ LIBRARY HOURS Mon-Thurs 9a-9p Fri 9a-6p Sat 9a-5p Sun (Sept-May) 1p-5p Exceptions: April 5 - Closed May 13 - Opening 11 a.m. May 24 & 25 - 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. community CONNECTION THURSDAY, JUNE 11 5-8:30 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 12 9 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Open to the public SATURDAY, JUNE 13 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Open to the public

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  • BIG BOOK SALEShop and support the library! The Friends of the Library of-fer 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 in the library’s lower level. Donations of books, music, and movies are accepted all year long at the library’s circulation desk.

    SPRING 2015 Volume 17, 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 5 - Closed May 13 - Opening 11 a.m. May 24 & 25 - 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.


    ThurSdAy, JunE 115-8:30 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 129 A.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Open to the public

    SATurdAy, JunE 139 A.m.-3 p.m.Open to the public

  • nEW And ImprOVEd LIBrAry CALEndAr nOW OnLInEVisit the library’s new and improved online calendar of events at The calendar offers increased functionality and convenience for patrons. Scope the calendar by date, age group, or event type. Register online for some events. Share events by email and online, and like them on Facebook. Sign up for event notifications, as well as text and email event reminders.

    GAmInG @ yOur LIBrAryBored this summer? Beat the heat. Come play at the library! It offers WiiU for kids through 8th grade and three different video gaming systems - PlayStation 3 and 4 and Steam (PC games) - for high schoolers. Play titles such as MarioKart, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Portal, Terraria, Need for Speed, Little Big Planet, and others. The library also offers a variety of board games for all ages to play in the library. Enjoy Pictureka, The Enchanted Forest, Settlers of Catan, Ascension, Ticket to Ride, Munchkin games, and more. Bring your library card or ID, grab a table, and have fun. For details and a list of games, visit

    COunSELOr @ yOur LIBrAry1st Wednesdays • April 1, May 6, June 3 • 3-4:30 p.m. Tazwood Center for Wellness offers free, half-hour confidential counseling and referral sessions in a private space at the library. A licensed clinical profes-sional is available to discuss emotional, behavioral, and familial concerns, ad-diction, DUI, severe conflicts, and difficulty adjusting to life situations. DROP IN

    ShArE yOur TALEnTS And KnOWLEdGE...prESEnT A prOGrAm!The library is always looking for people and organizations willing to share their expertise. Whether leading a workshop, giving a presentation, hosting a discussion, or entertaining with a performance, volunteers help the library offer a wide array of educational and entertaining opportunities. (Please note that religious, political, or commercial programming, or solicitation of business, is not allowed.) If interested, please contact Genna Buhr at 699-3917.

    LIBRARY BOARD MEETINGS April 27 at 6 p.m. May 18 at 6 p.m.June 29 at 6 p.m.

    Recordings of Fondulac District Library Board meetings are available online at


    The Friends support the library’s mission through advocacy, fundraising, and volunteerism. Annual dues are only $5.

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

    AWESOME BOXReturning something awesome to the Fondulac District Library? Don’t forget to put it in the Awesome Box.

    The library shares titles on its website that patrons think are AWESOME. Placing items in the Awesome Box allows the commu-nity to see what others have found particularly helpful, entertaining, or mind-blowing.

    [email protected] YOUR

    puzzLES @ yOur LIBrAry Fondulac District Library found another great way to work out your brain! The library now lends 500+ piece jigsaw puzzles. Take a puzzle home for a week, put it all together, bring it back, and grab another. The library also accepts donations of complete, sturdy puzzles with 500 or more pieces in good condition. Donations may be brought to the Second Floor Information Desk.

    Call 347-1148 for immediate

    assistance with a mental health crisis.


    STAr WArS dAy

    AprIL 11 10 am-3 pm


    Visit or call 699-3917 for more info

    NOt-sO-drunKEn zOmBIE SATurdAy mATInEESaturday, April 18 • 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27 • 1 p.m.Join the Drunken Zombie crew for a not-so-serious horror flick and a live post-movie podcast at the library, where talking back to the movie is both acceptable and encouraged! (Sober zombies only at this alcohol-free event, please.) Movie titles will be announced at

    FOnduLAC GAmInG CLuB4th Wednesdays • April 22, May 27, June 24 • 6 p.m.FDL’s Gaming Club is a chance for gamers of all ages and experience to get together and play! The club plays mostly plays board and card games, but is open to trying games of all kinds. The library has a wide variety of games ready for you to try, so come and play at the library! DROP IN

    A rhyThmIC EVEnInG WITh dEnnIS STrOuGhmATTIllinois Creoles, French Canadians, and Louisiana Cajuns (& Their Fiddling)Wednesday, June 17 • 7 p.m.Dennis Stroughmatt, a master musician and expert on French-American folkways, explains the historical and cul-tural nuances among Illinois Creoles, French Canadians, and Louisiana Cajuns. Stroughmatt performs fiddle tunes representing these three communities and compares their traditional fiddle repertoires and playing styles. DROP INThis Road Scholar Program is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council [IHC], which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. This event is free and open to the public.

    pOWWOW drum prESEnTATIOnSaturday, June 20 • 1-3 p.m.Learn about central Illinois’ American Indian community as the Eagle Ridge drum group presents powwow music and dancing. Put on your dance shoes, and try a little powwow dancing! Bring a lawn chair, as the event takes place in the grassy area adjacent to the library. In the event of inclement weather, the program moves inside. DROP IN

    YA FOR ALL BOOK CLUB2nd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For readers of all ages interested in young adult literature. DROP IN

    April 14Bumpedby Megan McCafferty

    May 12Jackabyby William Ritter

    June 9Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills

    MOVIES @ THE LIBRARYVisit or call for more info about what’s showing! DROP IN Seating is limited and available first come, first served.

    First Friday Flicks1st Fridays at 1 p.m.

    Movie Night2nd Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

    Mid-week Matinee3rd Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

    More Movies!Check the library websitefor aditional showings and special movie events!

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

    Board and Card GamesFor all ages

    WII/WII U Video GamesFor kids through 8th grade

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

    AGESALLyu-GI-Oh! nIGhT1st Thursdays

    April 2, May 7, June 46 p.m.

    Meet at the library for a friendly duel. Gather up your best decks and see what you can do. Yu-Gi-Oh Night is a great time to try out a new deck or see how an old favorite stands up. DROP IN

  • FOnduLAC FILm: rEVIEW & dISCuSSIOn1st Wednesdays • April 1, May 6, June 3• 6 p.m.Are you interested in cinema? Would you like to be a film geek? Join us at Fondulac District Library for a series of movies and discussions. The events begin with the screening of a movie, followed by discussion. Films may be rated anywhere from G to R and may be tried-and-true fa-vorites or modern classics. Visit or call for more info about what’s showing. Seating is limited. DROP IN

    EmBrACInG ThE SEASOnS: EATInG LOCALLyWednesday, April 8 • 7 p.m.Join us in talking about seasonal eating! Lisa Powell, a seasonal foods en-thusiast, discusses how to buy, make, and preserve locally-grown produce and fruits. See how delighting your senses all year round can help support the local economy. DROP IN

    mInECrAFT FOr TEEnS & AduLTS3rd Wednesdays • April 15, May 20, June 17 • 6 p.m. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the game, come and play at the library! Partici-pants help shape the types of Minecraft experiences offered. DROP IN

    BEnEFIT ACCESS prOGrAm AppLICATIOn ASSISTAnCETuesday, April 21 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.A volunteer from the Central Illinois Agency on Aging assists with online applications for the Illinois Department of Aging’s Benefit Access Program (Circuit Breaker). DROP IN

    STrATEGIC pLAnnInG FOr SuCCESSFuL AGInGWednesday, May 13 • 6:30 p.m. Dawn Stroup from Riverview Senior Living Community reviews the 40/70 rule, as well as the importance of talking with your family and inner circle and putting your plans down in writing. Participants receive tips for starting the dialogue and a checklist of topics to consider for plan-ning your Golden Years. DROP IN

    CATErpILLAr hISTOryFriday, May 29 • 2 p.m. For more than 100 years, Caterpillar has had a presence in central Illinois. The library is even situated on land that was formerly part of its East Peoria facility. How did the plant sur-vive floods and the war effort? Did you or your relatives work on the line? What did the Levee District look like before? Hear and see the company’s history from Lee Fosburgh of Corpo-rate Heritage Services for Caterpillar, Inc. DROP IN

    AArp SmArT drIVEr COurSEWednesday, June 3 & Thursday, June 4 • 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The library has teamed up with AARP to host the Smart Driver Course. Learn the skills and tools needed to drive safely and independently for many years to come. Drivers age 55 and old-er may be eligible for an insurance discount after completion of the two-day course. Payment ($15 with proof of AARP membership, $20 for non-members) is due to the instructor on the first day of class. REGIstER

    SELF-puBLIShInG SEmInArSaturday, June 13 • 1-4 p.m. Learn about different venues to publish your work, as well as how to format your work for print-on-demand and digital distribution. REGIstER

    ADULT BOOK CLUB3rd Mondays • 1:30 p.m.For adult readers. Titles selected by patrons. DROP INApril 20Tuesdays with Morrieby Mitch Albom

    May 18Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonJune 15The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough

    PEO-WRIMOS2nd Sundays • 1 p.m. May 10 is the last meet-ing until September for this relaxed group for writers of all levels. DROP IN

    RULES OF THE ROAD REVIEW Friday, May 15 1:30 p.m. REGIstER

    GROWN UP GAME NIGHTS 3rd Thursdays 5-8:30 p.m.Video gaming for ages 20+. DROP IN

    COOKBOOK CLUB2nd Mondays • 1:30 p.m.No cooking required! DROP INApril 13Magazine cookbooks

    May 11Famous chefs & classicsJune 8Summer cooking

    KNITTING CLUB1st & 3rd Sundays • 2 p.m. May 17 is the last meet-ing until September of this group for stitchers of all types. DROP IN


  • TEEn AdVISOry BOArdFondulac District Library welcomes student volunteers for its Teen Advisory Board. Any high school student is welcome to apply, including students who need to fulfill volunteer hours for student groups, such as Key Club or National Honor Society, and those who simply have a love of the library and would like to do more to participate in the community. Contact Carey at 699-3917 or [email protected] for more information.

    FdL ChESS CLuBThursdays • April 2-June 25 • 6:30 p.m.Grab your board and pieces every Thursday night, and try out your chess skills. Get some pointers on strategy, and have some fun, too! Chess Club is for any area student age 11 to 19. DROP IN

    COmIC BOOK CrAFTSaturday, May 2 • 12-2 p.m.Before heading to see Avengers 2, stop by to make a wallet out of old comic books and packing tape. You can always trust superheroes to keep your money and secret identity safe! DROP IN

    PLAY DAYSaturday, May 9 • 1-4 p.m.Love to play DC Universe Online, or want to give it a try? Play Day is a great opportunity to check out a game or meet some new gaming friends. Six computers are available to play the game. If you have a laptop with the game installed, bring it along. (First to come, first to play; space is limited.) DROP IN

    TEEN SPACE BOOK CLUB3rd Tuesdays • 7 p.m. For high school students. DROP IN

    April 21Reader’s Choice: Manga or Graphic Novel

    May 19Reader’s Choice: Fantasy Novel

    June 16Reader’s Choice:Book with music theme

    TEEN ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS1st & 3rd Thursdays 4 p.m. For high school student volunteers.


    CArd CATALOG CrASh COurSEFriday, April 3 • 4 p.m. Monday, April 6 • 7 p.m.RSACat, Fondulac District Library’s catalog system, has a new look. If you are interested in learning how to use the catalog to look up items, place and manage holds, check out eBooks, renew items, and manage other account features, then this is the course for you. DROP IN

    SImpLE STEpS FOr STArTInG yOur BuSInESSWednesdays, April 15, 22, 29 & May 6 • 6 p.m.The workshop series, presented by the Peoria Chapter of SCORE, is designed for new entrepre-neurs. The focus is on understanding what it takes to start a business, and the series guides participants through the steps involved. The process includes defining and evaluating ideas, developing a marketing strategy, financial projections and funding, and steps to turn ideas into action. REGIstER by callING scORE at 676-0755

    COmpuTEr BASICSTuesday, April 30 • 3 p.m.Don’t let computers get you down! In this class for beginners, learn to use a mouse, type a sim-ple document, and find things on the Internet. Space is limited. REGIstER

    nEEd A rESumE?Tuesday, May 12 • 3 p.m.Explore using a resume template in Microsoft Word to make a quick-and-easy resume. Bring your previous employment and education information to use. Basic typing and mouse skills required. Space is limited. REGIstER

    ONE-ON-ONE DEVICE ADVICENeed help using library resources with your computer, tablet, eReader, or smart-phone?

    Visit the Second Floor Information Desk to get assistance and instruc-tion in using library services on your laptop or mobile device in a one-on-one setting with a librarian. Call 699-3917 for more information.


  • EnGInEErInG IS Fun 2nd & 4th Mondays • April 6 & 20 • 6 p.m.Kindergarteners through 2nd graders discover engineering as they experiment with scientif-ic concepts and STEM challenges based on children’s literature, such as Billy Goat’s Bridge and Will Humpty Go Splat?. REGIstER

    mAd FOr SCIEnCE Wednesdays • April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10 a.m.4 to 6 year olds explore basic concepts in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and gather together for a fun, interactive learning experience. Class size limited. REGIstER

    SCIEnCE SATurdAy Saturdays • April 4, May 2, June 13 • 2 p.m.Join us for a 60-minute presentation with fun demonstrations for which Kindergarteners through 5th graders can volunteer. Seating is limited; first come, first seated! DROP IN

    KIdz mOVIE & pOpCOrnWednesday, April 1 • 1 p.mKindergarteners through 8th graders are invited to watch the adventures of a brilliant young robotics whiz, his tech-savvy friends, and his robot companion in an Oscar-winning animated adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series. DROP IN

    EASTEr CrAFTFriday, April 3 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Preschoolers to 5th graders are invited to stop by the Children’s Department to make an EGG-citing Spring craft. DROP IN

    mInECrAFT CLuB2nd Wednesdays • April 8, May 13, June 10 • 6:30 p.m.Come to the library for the monthly hour-long Minecraft Club. Kids ages 7 to 14 are welcome to participate and use their team-building skills to complete minor to complex challenges. Beware of monsters and zombies! DROP IN

    mOnEy $mArT KIdS rEAdMonday, April 20 • 10 a.m.Join us for a special family story hour. This fun program, part of Money Smart Week, is for ages 4 and up. DROP IN

    2nd & 4th Mondays • April 27, May 11, June 8 & 22 • 6 p.m.Kids ages 5 through 14 explore creativity with LEGOs. LEGOs provided. DROP IN

    STORY TIMES Introduce your children to new stories, songs, crafts, and friends!

    Children must be the appropriate age for the session they attend. DROP IN

    March 9-April 25 June 15-July 25

    Little Listeners 3-5 years old Mondays 10-10:30 a.m.

    Together Time 24-36 months old & adult Tuesdays 10-10:30 a.m.

    Family Story Time 2+ years old & adult Tuesdays 1-1:30 p.m.

    Tiny Tot Time 12-24 months old & adult Thursdays 10-10:20 a.m.

    Saturday Story Time 2+ years old & adult Saturdays 10-10:30 a.m.

    ANYTIME ACTIVITIESEven when there’s not a program scheduled, there’s always some-thing fun to do at the library! Stop by the Children’s Department to learn more about the library’s current Any-time Activity, a craft, game, or project kids can do whenever they visit the library.


    WOOL WOrKShOpThursdays • April, 9, 16, 23, 30 • 6:30 p.m.Kids in 6th through 8th grades transform wool into adorable felted animals using needle felting techniques. REGIstER at tHE lIbRaRy by aPRIl 6

  • up, up, & AWAy! pArAChuTE pLAyTuesday, May 12 • 10 a.m. • PreschoolersSaturday, May 16 • 10 a.m. • Kindergarteners-2nd gradersSaturday, May 16 • 2 p.m. • 3rd-5th gradersLearn games and activities that include music, creative move-ment, and fun, all with one colorful parachute. Play “Popcorn,” “Merry-Go-Round,” “Ring Around the Rosie,” and many more games appropriate for the age group playing. Adult participa-tion is encouraged at the program for preschoolers. DROP IN

    TIny TOT drIVE-In mOVIEThursday, May 21 • 10 a.m.Tots age 3 and under make cars (out of cardboard boxes) with their grown-up and go to a “drive-in movie” at the library. Bring a box to decorate; decorating supplies, popcorn, and drinks provided. DROP IN

    rEd CrOSS BABySITTInG CLASSWednesday, June 10 • 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Students ages 11 and up from East Peoria learn to care for kids, prevent accidents, and handle emergencies. Students receive a book and bag and need to bring a sack lunch. Registration with pre-payment is required, and space is limited. For more information, including fee, please call 699-3917, ext. 1291. REGIstER aND Pay at tHE lIbRaRy bEGINNING May 26

    STOry TImE AT FArm pArKWednesdays • June 17-July 22 • 10 a.m.Enjoy a family story hour for children 2 years of age and older (with an adult) at Fon du Lac Farm Park (305 Neumann Drive, off of Meadows Avenue). Show your library card before 10 a.m. to get in for $1 per person. Call 699-3917, ext. 1291 or 694-2195 to check for cancellations due to inclement weath-er conditions. DROP IN

    Rhythms & Rhymes of


    Friday, June 26 • 10 a.m.This is no ordinary Mother Goose! In addition to a few silly goose favorites, enjoy fun and creative Mother Goose parodies! Kids age 8 and under might even experience goose bumps with a Monster Goose rhyme. DROP IN

    1KB4K: 1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTENPreschoolers read more than 26,000 books as part of the 1KB4K program in 2014!

    1KB4K is a library ini-tiative that promotes reading 1,000 books to preschoolers before they begin Kindergarten. It’s easy to do, and the child gets a free book, funded by the Friends of Fondu-lac District Library, every time they read and report 100 books. For additional information or to register, visit the librarians in the Children’s Department.

    PREVENT “SUMMER SLIDE”Children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall.

    Children who participate in summer reading pro-grams and read a mini-mum of six books over the summer score higher in reading AND math when they return to school.

    Additionally, studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifelong learning.

    Source: Dominican University IMLS-funded research: Public Li-brary Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap documents/IMLS_finalReport.pdf


    SummEr rEAdInG CrAFTSWednesdays • June 17 -July 22 • 2 p.m.Kids age 4 to 11 make a new “Read to the Rhythm”-themed craft each week. A grown-up should plan to assist crafters younger than age 7. DROP IN

    ThurdAy AFTErnOOnS AT ThE LIBrAryThursdays • June 18-July 23 • 2 p.m.Fun presenters, hands-on learning, movies, and more! Enjoy great programs on Thursday afternoons during summer reading! DROP IN

    Summer Reading Special Programs

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    community CONNECTION400 Richland Street, East Peoria, IL 61611 309.699.3917


    RHYTHM IS THE THINGCurated by Diane Soffietti, Reference Assistant

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! by Bob Stanley

    Pops by Terry Teachout

    Just Kids by Patti Smith

    The Power of Kiowa Song by Luke Lassiter

    Outlawby Michael Steissguth

    Stop by the library to check out these titles and many more!


    Stream popular movies and more to your television over WiFi. A wireless Internet connec-tion and either an HDMI or component (red/yellow/white) input on the TV are needed to use the Roku Streaming Media Device. The library’s Roku kit provides the rest. Just plug in the Roku to the TV, connect it to Wi-Fi, select your entertainment, and start watching. Visit or call 699-3917 for more info.