Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Try-It Illinois

What is Try-It Illinois? Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 Illinois libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources.

What kind of information can I find with Try-It Illinois?  There are a wide variety of databases available in Try-It Illinois.  For example, databases are available on investments (ValueLine), car repair (Auto Repair Reference Center), career advice (Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center), genealogy (My Heritage Library Edition), as well as more general resources.

Does it cost anything to try? Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.

How do I search?  You can search Try-It Illinois by product, company, subject or library type.

Try-It Illinois is available at the Lillie M. Evans Library until November 30, 2016.  Please ask at the desk for the login and password or if you need any assistance.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Novel Writer Resources

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing event.  Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30th.  So how can you participate?  Go to to register and for more information.  Peoria NaNoWriMo participants can also find local events and community members at  

Thinking about participating but don’t know where to start?  There are some materials in the Lillie M. Evans Library that can help!  We have books by several famous authors that give some insights on their writing styles.  One of my favorites, Janet Evanovich, has one called How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.  Anne Lamott has written Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life and Stephen King’s book is simply called On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.  In addition to these, we also have Writer’s MarketMLA Handbook and Modern Library’s Writer’s Workshop.   For other titles in our collection, click on the link below: Search RSAcat for authorship

Also, below are links to some helpful websites:
100 Useful Web Tools for Writers
Amazon’s Self Publishing
Barnes & Noble’s Self Publishing
CrimeSpace: A place for Readers and Writers of Crime Fiction to Meet
Grammar Girl: Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
National Novel Writing Month
Writers Write: Your One-Stop Resource for Information about Books, Writing & Publishing

There have been hundreds of novels that began as NaNoWriMo projects and which have since been published successfully.  These include Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Water for Elephant by Sara Gruen, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. No matter where you are in the writing process, NaNoWriMo is a great time to start that novel you've always meant to write! 

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