We are conducting a survey for our long range plan during the month of April. Surveys are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lmelibrary
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.

The LME Library is participating in the eRead Illinois Program, designed to increase access to e-books across Illinois. The LME Library card holders already have one ebook service, ADML (limit 2 @ a time), but now have access to more ebooks through eRead Illinois (limit 3 @ a time).   This increases ebooks checkouts for LME Library patrons to a total of 5 ebooks at a time!  Patrons at libraries participating in eRead Illinois can access the cloud-based delivery across a number of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, NOOK® and Sony ReaderTM devices, and many more.

What are the differences in the services?  ADML provides both ebook and audio book downloads from the vendor, OverDrive. Materials are purchased for both children and adults. eRead Illinois only has ebooks and from the vendor, Baker & Taylor. Materials are purchased for both children and adults but the focus is on popular material with multiple copies purchased when items are in demand.  Both services are shared consortia collections which provide larger selections of materials yet reduce the costs to the libraries.

Illinois Heartland System and Reaching Across Illinois Library System have partnered with the Illinois State Library and Baker & Taylor to provide this access. Initial funding for eRead Illinois was provided by a grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White through the Illinois State Library. “RAILS selected Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform for the eRead Illinois grant because of the breadth and depth of available titles, the flexibility of options to meet the diverse needs of our libraries across Illinois and the ADA compliance of the Baker & Taylor Blio ereader. Equal access for all users in RAILS member libraries is very important to us,” said Dee Brennan, Executive Director of Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

eRead Illinois is available through the LME Library website at lmelibrary.org or directly at lme.axis360.baker-taylor.com and requires a LME Library card number and PIN.  Contact the library at 309-385-4540 if you have questions about your library card number/PIN or have any other questions about this service.

Thanks to the Friends of the Lillie M. Evans Library, the Library now has an Ellison cart and additional Ellison cutter dies. Ellison cutters allow the user to cut perfect shapes with the use of a cutter machine and cutter dies. The system is simple to use and makes it easy to produce displays, posters, and other graphics. 

The cart was bought to house the Ellison cutters that the Friends purchased in 2012. At that time, they purchased a cutter machine and 4 inch letters. Now they have added the cart to easily move the cutter throughout the library and house the cutter dies. In addition, they purchased 10 geometric shapes dies and 8 seasonal dies. 

If anyone would like to use the Ellison machine or dies in the library, just ask at the front desk. We also have a Cricut machine that is an electronic cutting device. The Cricut machine provides inspiration and creativity when designing projects for card making, scrapbooking, school projects, and more. Both systems can only be used in the library. The LME Library’s regular hours are Mondays & Wednesdays from 9am-8pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm. 

The mission of the Friends is to support the needs of the Library in a variety of ways. In addition to purchasing the Ellison system & cart, the Friends assist with the Summer Reading Program, purchased the child size sofa & chair in the juvenile area, purchased seating in the YA section, and last year, provided the benches in front of the Library’s Walnut Street entrance. Friends meetings are usually quarterly. The Friends host the library book sale in the month of August. To join the Friends of the LME Library, please contact the library at lill@lmelibrary.org or call us at 385-4540.