Monday, December 10, 2018

1000 Books Before Kindergarten at LME Library

The Lillie M. Evans Library in Princeville is now participating in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge.  Reading to your child is a great way to bond and create warm memories together. It fosters a fondness for books that can last a lifetime. Early successful language activities, such as sharing stories, contribute to the prevention of reading difficulties in school.

Parents can sign up their children at the LME Library desk and pick up their reading packets during regular hours.  Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple and manageable endeavor. Read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten. If one book a night is read, that equates to 365 books a year. In 3 years, more than 1,000 books will be shared. LME Library participants will receive a log folder to track their reading. Each time you read 100 books to your child(ren), bring your log to the library for your reward.  Parents can also include readings by others, such as grandparents or siblings, in the child’s reading log. Readers who complete the 1,000 books challenge are invited to an annual party!  

A home life that includes positive experiences with reading and the library ensures positive attitudes for reading once in school. The experiences with talking and listening during preschool years, such as when a parent and child read together, help prepare the child to master reading and writing skills in the early elementary school years. Reading has long been associated as an early indicator of academic success.

For more information about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, call the library at 309-385-4540 or visit our website at

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Do You NaNoWriMo?

This November, 
BiblioBoard is celebrating National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Are you undertaking the 50,000-word writing challenge? Check out resources for writers, read hand-picked self-published novels, or get inspired by vintage images of famous authors. They’ve put all of these resources and more together in a special NaNoWriMo curation.

Our library system, RAILS, hosts 
BiblioBoard. Through RAILS’ partnership with BiblioLabs, any Illinois resident has access to thousands of other e-resources free of charge and without needing a login or library card. Items on the BiblioBoard platform have no holds or waiting for titles and can be read by multiple users at the same time. Good luck, and happy writing!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Illinois Bicentennial Programs in Princeville

Two hundred years ago on December 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the Union. The Illinois Bicentennial, now well under way, is a yearlong celebration of the people, places, things and events that have been born, built and grown in the state. In celebration, the Lillie M. Evans Library will be hosting two 1-hour programs in October 2018.  These programs will remind us of events that have shaped our past and impacted our rich and diverse history.

On Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30pm, Sylvia Shults will present the program, Ghosts of the Illinois River. Be sure to join us as Sylvia gives an in-depth look at the Peoria State Hospital. Known as one of the most haunted places in Illinois, the haunted asylum is featured in many of her books.  Sylvia is a popular presenter in Central Illinois and is the author of several books, including Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital and 44 Years in Darkness.  

On Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30pm, Tom Emery will present a program on the History of Illinois. Tom was a presenter during our popular Lincoln and the Constitution series in 2014. He is a freelance writer and historical researcher from Carlinville who has earned eleven awards from the Illinois State Historical Society.  His newest book, The History of Illinois, is a compilation of some of his newspaper columns and is intended to complement the state’s 200th anniversary. 

Want to learn still more about Illinois’ history?  The Illinois State Museum and the Illinois Association of Museums have developed a virtual exhibition titled The Story of Illinois: The Illinois Bicentennial Through Museum Objects. This exhibition consists of objects from the Illinois State Museum’s 13.5-million-object Illinois Legacy Collection along with objects from other Illinois museums.  The website is available online at

Information about these programs and other LME Library events can be found on our website at We hope you will explore, discover, and learn more about Illinois' unique history during this bicentennial year!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Are you a fan of audiobooks?  Listening to an audiobook is just another way to enjoy a good book, and audiobooks are fast becoming the "it girl" of publishing. "According to numerous sources, audiobooks are the new best thing to happen in publishing: for six years in a row, they have enjoyed double-digit sales growth."

The Lillie M. Evans Library has audiobooks available in a variety of formats.  We have books on CD and playaways for all ages in the library to checkout.  Books on CD are just that, CDs that you put into a CD player (be it your car's CD player, your computer CD-ROM drive, your DVD player or a portable CD playing device).  

Playaways are recorded books that are on a device that plays the audio for you.  We supply the playaway device with the prerecorded book and a battery and you attach your aux cord (to play in your car), or attach your own earbuds, headphones or speaker.  We even have a device that you can checkout that will allow you to listen to the playaway through a radio without an aux cord.  Both formats are available for all ages: children, young adults and adults.  We can also borrow books on CD and playaways from other libraries.

In addition, we subscribe to two ebook services that also include eaudio books.  The Alliance Digital Media Library commonly known as ADML is from the vendor, OverDrive.  We are part of a consortium that allows our library cardholders to checkout out materials with their library card and PIN.  Users can download eaudio books (and ebooks) onto a variety of devices using the app called Libby.

We are also a member of the eRead Illinois which is from the vendor, Baker & Taylor.  This is also a consortial product that allows our library cardholders to checkout materials with their library card and PIN. Users can download eaudio books (and ebooks) onto a variety of devices using the app called Axis360.

Whatever audiobook format you decide to use, feel free to borrow them from the Lillie M. Evans Library