The Pew Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world. The Pew Internet Project explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life.  

They've done surveys on Americans reading habits, how Americans value libraries and on the rise of ereading devices.  Their latest post is on 7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

Their is even a Library User Quiz so you can see how your own library habits stack up against the rest of your community—and the U.S. as a whole. Want to checkout the research they've done so far?  Go to 

This is the final week for the Lincoln exhibit at the Princeville Heritage Musuem. Be sure to stop by before the exhibit closes! In addition to the national traveling exhibit, there are also displays about local history designed by the Museum. Regular exhibit hours through May 9th are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10am-2pm; Tuesdays from 2pm-8pm; and Thursdays from 2pm-6pm. The exhibit is closed on Sundays. The final opportunity to visit the exhibit will be at the Community Coffee on Wednesday, May 15th from 8-10:30am.  After that, the exhibit will be dismantled and shipped off to the next location.

The Princeville Heritage Museum in conjunction with the Lillie M. Evans Library has been hosting the exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War since April 7, 2014. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is a traveling exhibition for libraries and was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. A short video walkthrough (10:25 min.) with Dr. Steve Frank, Chief Interpretive Officer at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, is available online at:

The Museum is located 325 N Ostrom Avenue in Princeville, IL—a half mile from the LME Library in the Ostrom subdivision. The 30,000 sq ft handicap-accessible facility features agriculture antiques, area artifacts, genealogy research, and more. The Akron Townhouse School, a one-room school, is located on the Museum grounds. For more information and for booking group or class visits, please call the Museum (309) 385-1916.

We are conducting a survey for our long range plan during the month of April. Surveys are available online at
or a paper copy can be requested at the library.

The last time we did a long range plan was three years ago when I first joined LME Library.  We’ve been using the information we gathered and the goals we set to map our library services through FY14.  Now we are looking for input from the community as we evaluate new possibilities and develop a plan for FY15-FY17.
Throughout April and May, the Lillie M. Evans Library District invites you to participate in the long-range planning process for your library.  Some of you may attend a focus group and others may complete a library survey.  Community input is essential in the planning process, and we appreciate the support of both our users and non-users.  

Superior library service doesn’t just happen.  To achieve excellence, you need a plan.  The Board of Trustees is committed to developing a long-range plan with a series of objectives that support the vision that our community has presented.  In early summer, the Board will share this long-range plan with you as we continue to seek new and better ways to serve our community.