Public libraries and other institutions in the District of Columbia and five states -- Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska -- will participate in the DASH for the STASH investor education/protection program and contest taking place April 15-May 15, 2015 as part of Financial Literacy Month. The Lillie M. Evans Library District in Princeville is one of the participating libraries.

Research shows that the four focuses of DASH for the STASH – financial fraud, building a nest egg, selecting financial advisers, and the cost of investment fees – are all topics about which many investors need to learn more. A DASH for the STASH winner in each state and the District of Columbia will be awarded $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), thanks to the nonprofit Investor Protection Institute (IPI), the Connecticut Department of Banking, the District of Columbia (DC) Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking’s Securities Bureau, the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Securities Department, the Iowa Insurance Division’s Securities Bureau, the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State’s Securities Division, and the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance.

The DASH for the STASH contest works much like a scavenger hunt. But instead of collecting objects, players gather information and leave answers to quiz questions. To play, participants will go to participating libraries to find four posters. They will read each poster, access the quiz question and choose an answer. IPI President and CEO Don Blandin said: “Our goal is to impart some financial knowledge—in a fun way—on how to save, invest, and protect your nest egg. Everyone will learn something. Getting people to focus on investing for retirement is not a game, but DASH for the STASH is a great way to engage participants who might not otherwise pay attention to this crucial part of their overall financial picture.”

Research shows that millions of Americans would benefit from the financial literacy information featured in the DASH for the STASH program:
  • Investment fraud costs billions of dollars each year. A survey conducted for the Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation (EIFFE) Prevention Program of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) found that older Americans are particularly vulnerable to such abuses. One in five Americans aged 65 or older – more than 7.3 million senior citizens -- already have “been taken advantage of financially in terms of an inappropriate investment, unreasonably high fees for financial services, or outright fraud,” according to that survey. (
  • Most Americans don’t understand the difference between financial professionals. For example, more than three out of five American investors mistakenly believe that stockbrokers are investment advisers, according to a survey conducted for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), AARP, the Investment Adviser Association, the Financial Planning Association, the CFP Board, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. (
  • The impact of financial fees is something many investors need help to understand. About three in five Americans (62 percent) are unaware of how much they are paying in fees for their investment plans, and almost one-third (32 percent) report that they do not feel knowledgeable about the impact that fees could have on their retirement savings, according to an AARP survey. ( The impact of such fees can be substantial in the long haul. As the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) explains: “… if you invested $10,000 in a product with a 10 percent annual return before expenses and annual operating expenses of 1.5 percent, after 20 years you would have about $49,725. But if the investment had expenses of 0.5 percent, you would end up with $60,858 -- an 18 percent difference.” (
  • Most Americans are not saving enough to build up a real nest egg. A CFA survey found that only 49 percent of non-retired Americans said they are “saving enough for a retirement in which you will have a desirable standard of living.” ( The cost of not being prepared is significant since, over a lifetime, investors with a financial plan accumulate about 20 percent more wealth than those with no plan, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. (
 CONTEST RULES No purchase is necessary to play. Winner will be chosen in a random drawing of eligible participants who log the correct answer for all four posters. Winner will receive the prize as $1,000 to open or add to an IRA, sent directly to the winner’s bank or brokerage firm for the express purpose of opening or making a 2015 contribution to an IRA. Winner must provide proof of eligibility to contribute to an IRA for 2015 and will not receive cash, nor any other form of payment in lieu of the IRA contribution. For IRA eligibility, check This investor education and protection program and contest is open April 15-May 15. IPI will randomly select contest winner(s) in early June 2015 from entries with all correct answers in each participating jurisdiction. Prize sponsors are the Investor Protection Institute (IPI) and participating State Securities Regulators. The IPI and all participating states provide independent, non-commercial investor education and protection material. For more information, visit

The Investor Protection Institute ( is an independent nonprofit organization that advances investor protection by conducting and supporting unbiased research and groundbreaking education programs. IPI serves as an independent source of unbiased and non-commercial investor education materials. The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Securities Department ( is responsible for the regulation of the securities industry in Illinois and protection of investors by ensuring compliance with the law and investigating any complaints of fraud or improper practices.

You may have noticed that the Lillie M. Evans Library catalog, RSAcat, looks differently.  On February 20, 2015, the library switched to the new RSAcat that has been in development for quite some time.  The old traditional catalog was using software that was more than 10 years old and it was time to update.  

Users of the new catalog will see not only a sleek new look but will be able to search for e-books and e-audiobooks right from the catalog.  Other features like renewing books online and placing holds will still be available for our users.  Test messaging titles to your phone will also continue to be available. 

A handout highlighting the new RSAcat features is available online.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact the library at 309-385-4540 or at

In the spring of 2014, the Lillie M. Evans Library District began working on a long range plan covering FY15-FY17. We started with a survey in April that asked for input from both our library users and non-users.  Next we held a focus group in May.  Community members representing many diverse perspectives participated in an evening long activity facilitated by the former Director of Consulting & Continuing Education at the Alliance Library System. After the results were compiled, the director analyzed the information collected and identified three goals for each year of the plan.  The staff and board then worked together to refine these goals.

As part of the long range planning process, the LME Library Board identified multiple building needs and proceeded with the development of a Building Program in fall 2014.  Led by consultant Fred Schlipf, the program outlines the space needs of the library and is the first step in a building project.  This delayed the development of the long range plan until February 2015, but all three years have now been approved by the Board.  Plans are available online for FY15, FY16, and FY17.  We have also updated the Technology Plan for 2014-2017.

Thank you to all who participated in the planning process. We could not complete these plans without the input of our patrons, community, staff and board.  As our mission states, it is our goal “to provide materials and services to help residents meet their personal, educational, cultural, and professional needs.  The Lillie M. Evans Library District supports an environment for life-long learning and is dedicated to making the Princeville community an attractive place in which to live, visit, and work.”  Your input helps us provide the best materials, programs, and services for our community—thank you!

In early March 2015, the Lillie M. Evans Library District will be hosting a series of three programs focusing on the theme, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.  The programs will be on Tuesdays starting March 3rd and continuing through March 17th, and all programs will be presented at the Princeville Heritage Museum (325 N Ostrom Avenue). Each program will incorporate documentary film clips to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. 

The first in this series will be "Grassroots Activism in America” on Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30pm at the Museum. Our own Dan Sullivan will lead us in a guided discussion focusing on grassroots activism, and how it continues to be employed today. Dan recently retired from Princeville High School after 30 years as a History Instructor, Coach and Athletic Director and many may recall his passion and knowledge for American history.

On Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30pm, Owen Muelder will present “Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in Illinois” at the Museum.  He is the author of The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois and the Director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center at Knox College.  Owen will discuss the anti-slavery movement nationally and regionally before focusing on local abolitionists and sites.

The final program of this series will be “Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” on Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30pm at the Museum. Award-winning folk singer, Chris Vallillo, will perform essential songs that inspired and sustained participants in the Civil Rights Movement and will discuss the importance of music to this vital chapter in American history. This program is partially supported by an additional grant from the Illinois Arts Council

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The films provided through the grant include: The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, Freedom Riders, and Freedom Summer.  All are available at the LME Library.  The goals of the Created Equal grant focus on telling the stories of individuals, creating a deeper understanding of the ways Civil Rights have been obtained, and helping people understand Civil Rights history as central to the American story.

In addition to the Created Equal programs, the LME Library will host a series of video presentations at the Library.  All video presentations are part of the Presidential Primary Source Project, a series of free, fifty-minute, interactive video conferencing programs focusing on human and civil rights themes. The Presidential Primary Source Project is a collaboration between the National Park Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, other cultural and historic organizations, and the Internet2 community.  More information about the Presidential Primary Source Project is available at or on our LME Library website at

All video presentations will be at the LME Library (207 N Walnut Street) on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 4th @ 2pm video presentation at the LME Library
Civil Rights and the Lincoln Memorial: On the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address presented by the National Mall and Memorial Parks.  In honor of the anniversary, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address will be used as a starting point for a conversation about his views and what he hoped for the country with the ending of the Civil War.

Wednesday, March 11th @ 2pm video presentation at the LME Library
Ulysses S. Grant: A President Committed to Civil Rights presented by Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.  Topics discussed will include Grant’s support of the 15th Amendment and use of federal troops to quell the Ku Klux Klan in the South.

Wednesday, March 25th @ 2pm video presentation at the LME Library
President William Jefferson Clinton: Civil Rights Lessons from the Cassidy’s presented by President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home Historic Site.  This presentation will include stories of President Clinton’s childhood, influences on his views of race relations, and legislation passed during his tenure in the White House.

Thursday, March 26th @ 10am video presentation at the LME Library
Abraham Lincoln: “Naturally Anti-Slavery” presented by the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.  By demonstrating how Abraham Lincoln’s lifelong view of slavery was shaped by his Kentucky roots, this presentation will include primary sources, activities, and an exploration of Lincoln’s enduring legacy as the “Great Emancipator.”

All programs are free and open to the public.  The Lillie M. Evans Library is one of the 473 institutions across the country awarded the Created Equal films and programming grants.  Please join us in chronicling the history of the civil rights movement with these special programs and events.