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!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Big Library Read Going on Now!

The March 2016 Big Library Read features the ebook and eaudio book, American Sniper by Chris Kyle. Starting March 17 until March 31, users from over 21,000 libraries around the world can borrow the #1 New York Times best seller without any wait lists or holds. Both the ebook and eaudio book are available simultaneously. The Big Library Read creates a digital “global book club” for two weeks as readers can experience the same title together and share their thoughts on the Overdrive discussion board.
Users can also listen to Overdrive's exclusive interview with Taya Kyle, the widow of author Chris Kyle, to hear more about their story and learn about the version of Chris you may not see in American Sniper. Taya, who is also a New York Times best selling author, shared wonderful insight into their experiences both while Chris was serving and at home.
Feel free to participate in this global reading event available for our LME Library residents!

Friday, March 11, 2016

LME Library and DASH for the STASH


Local residents are encouraged to compete in the 2016 DASH for the STASH, an investor education and protection program and contest taking place March 15-May 15, 2016 at the Lillie M. Evans Library District, 207 N Walnut, Princeville. One statewide winner will be chosen in a random drawing of eligible participants who logged the correct answer for all four posters. The winner will receive a $1,000 contribution to an existing or new Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for 2016. The DASH for the STASH program is being launched by the Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Securities Department and the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute (IPI). 

The DASH for the STASH contest is played much like a scavenger hunt. But instead of collecting objects, individuals collect information about saving and investing and leave answers to quiz questions. To enter the contest, individuals visit a participating library or other location where a set of four investor education topic posters (and one rules poster) are displayed. Contestants read each poster and then access the quiz question for each poster.

“We are very pleased to be involved in the education of Illinois investors,” said Beth Duttlinger, Library Director. “A big part of our mission is to provide materials and services to help residents meet their personal, educational, cultural and professional needs and we believe that DASH for the STASH benefits our community by increasing financial literacy.”

DASH for the STASH is a great way to engage consumers, especially younger people, who have not yet started to pay attention to this critical part of their financial outlook,” said Don Blandin, president and CEO of the Investor Protection Institute. “Our goal is to lead individuals to venues, such as public libraries, where they can find reliable investor education and protection resources.”

The DASH for the STASH posters each have a QR code and a web link to a quiz that individuals will access to answer questions and participate in the contest. The posters cover four key topics: finding financial advisers, avoiding fraud, understanding investment fees, and building a nest egg. The easiest way to participate in the DASH for the STASH is to use a smartphone or mobile device to scan each poster’s QR code, but you also will be able to use a laptop or desktop computer at most locations.

For more information about DASH for the STASH rules, go to Information about DASH for the STASH can also be found on the LME Library website at