Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Groundbreaking Ceremony at LME Library

The Lillie M. Evans Library District will be hosting a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 1:00pm to mark the beginning of construction on our library expansion project.  The groundbreaking ceremony is the culmination of many years of hard work by the library board, staff and community members.  The new addition will address some of the needs that have arisen in the last decade by focusing on the children’s area and community programming needs.

Currently, our children’s area has little space to accommodate visiting children and few places for parents to sit with children.  In addition, heavily attended library programs overfill the meeting room forcing attendees to stand outside of the entrance doors.  By expanding the library, we can move the children’s area to a better sized location, and the addition of a larger meeting room would provide more space for programming and an additional community space.  Accommodating community needs has been a driving force for this project.  

Donald Westlake from the architectural firm of Craig Wright and Associates, is our lead architect.  Mr. Westlake was the architect who designed the 2001 addition.  Our contractor, Bishop Brothers, Inc., plans to have the project completed in 2017. The expansion can be constructed with little impact on library operations.  Construction updates will be posted regularly on the library’s website at

The expansion project will be financed with grants, TIF funds, charitable gifts, and financing.  There are no plans to request a referendum.  Library funds have been used to pay for the property, the consultant and architectural fees and will pay for part of the construction costs.  In addition, we have also been awarded a FY16 $125,000 Live & Learn Construction grant (administered from the Secretary of State and State Librarian) and an annual disbursement of $25,000 from Princeville Village TIF District.  Please contact the library for information on donating to the project.

Friday, September 2, 2016

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. As children head back to school, family time is often hindered by homework and afterschool and social activities.
A public library card is your ticket to free educational resources and activities that bring families together. Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. 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 lifetime learning. Libraries not only provide resources to parents and children that support early literacy and lifelong learning, but truly transform how families spend time together.
Card holders have free access to a family destination that provides a spectrum of free services, including technology instruction; STEAM programs/activities; book clubs; storytimes; and reading programs for all ages.  Today’s public libraries are thriving technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access and digital content. In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, computers, games, software and other multimedia materials, libraries provide access to e-books and e-book readers. Ninety percent of libraries offer access to e-books, an increase of 14 percent from 2012. Mobile devices, including e-book readers are available at 39 percent of libraries.
Throughout Library Card Sign-Up Month, libraries will offer a variety of incentives to spur signups and renewals. At the Lillie M. Evans Library, all library card holders can be photographed with their library cards and enter into a prize drawing.  Please stop in today to register or update your library card information and submit your entry!
Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the ALA and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

For more information regarding Library Card Sign-up Month, please visit the LME Library website at

Friday, July 29, 2016

Library Booksale - August 1-27

August is the time for the annual Lillie M. Evans Friends of the Library book sale! The book sale runs from August 1-August 27 and offers a great selection of books, audios, and DVDs. Come back weekly to stock up on bargains – each week the selections are fewer but the prices decrease. Donations for the sale are always welcome and come in year-round. All proceeds from the book sale return to the library as funding for special projects of the Friends of the Lillie M. Evans Library District in Princeville.

Most library users would be surprised to learn how many services and programs are supported by the Friends. These have included: the furniture in the children’s and young adult areas, the sound equipment for the meeting room, the pamphlet file in the foyer, gift certificates for Holiday Homecoming, decorations for the garden, benches in front of the library, cutting systems for library programs & displays, the wii entertainment system & games, and a globe for the children’s area. The Friends also assist with the Summer Reading Program by sponsoring a children’s program, providing a teen Summer Reading prize, and sponsoring the end of the summer party for our readers. Please contact the library at 309-385-4540 or visit our website at to find out how to become a member of the Friends.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LME Library's Summer Reading Programs

Summer is the time for relaxing and what better way to relax than to read a good book! This summer’s theme is “Read for the Win!”, and we have lots of programs and activities to go along with reading. There’s something for everyone – this year we again have programs for all ages. Sign-up at the library or online at

The ever-popular “Read-to-Me” summer program for birth through Preschool age (entering Kindergarten Fall 2016) is back. Color in a square on the log sheet for every activity you and your child do together. For every horizontal row completed, your child will get a prize. When the entire sheet is completed (15 activities) your child will get a book to keep (the library will have on hand a special collection of books from which to choose; limit one free book per child). Activities can be completed between June 6 and July 9.

Storytime for children ages 3 to 5 will be held at 10 A.M. on the following Tuesdays: June 7, June 21 and July 5. Children must be 3 before June 7 to participate. Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes and consists of stories, songs, crafts and games. Please contact the library to sign up so that adequate materials are available at craft time.

Toddler Time for children ages 18 months up to 3 years will be held at 10 A.M. on the following Tuesdays: June 14 and June 28. Toddler Time lasts approximately 30 minutes and consists of stories, songs, games and “free play.” This is a drop-in program and no sign-up is necessary.

NEW THIS YEAR - Readers in the K-5th grade program will set their own reading goals! They, with the help of an adult, can decide whether they want to read a certain number of books, read for time, etc. When any progress is made toward their goal, they may check in by bringing their log form to the library. They may check in once per day (up to 6 times in a week). Each time they will have the choice of a mystery prize pack or putting a ticket in the drawing for the “prize of the week.” They may also donate 1 book per week to the Princeville Grade School for use in the library or classrooms. Books will be placed at the school’s discretion. The library will have a collection of books from which to choose. When readers complete their goal, they may attend the library’s pool party at Princeville Aquatic Center on Sunday, July 17 from 6-8PM for free. Their immediate family members may attend for a discounted admission. Completed logs should be turned in by July 13th.

The 2016 LME Library “Summer Challenge” is for 6th-12th grades. Complete six of the nine challenges (either by reading a certain genre or attending a program) by July 13th to be entered to win a new tablet. The 6th-12th programs will be held from 3:15 – 4:45 PM on Mondays, June 6 – July 18. Books must be read or programs attended between June 6 and July 13.

Our adult summer reading program returns this year! For every two books you read and log between June 6 and July 30, you will earn one entry into the Adult Summer Reading prize drawing (limit 3 reading entries per patron). Read 6 books in 9 weeks to complete Summer Reading and be qualified to win a prize. Logs must be returned to the library before close on July 30. For complete details see the Adult Summer Reading Log or ask our library staff. Only books read between June 6 and July 30 count. You must complete the log to be eligible for the grand prize. Also, if you walk through the Princeville Heritage Days Art Show exhibit between June 17 and July 9 and sign the guest book, you will get a bonus entry into the Adult Summer Reading prize drawing.

In addition to reading, there are many special programs planned for children and teens. To learn more, visit the LME Library website (, Facebook page ( – go ahead and give us a “like” while you are there – or call the library at 385-4540. Let’s have a winning summer together!