Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Update on 4/2/20

Due to the Governor’s “stay at home” order extension (Illinois Executive Order 2020-18), the library will be closed to the public until the end of April. We continue to monitor the directives provided by federal, state and local governments and encourage our library users to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During this time our website is still open for business as usual. We appreciate your patience and we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.   

The library building has been closed to the public since March 18, 2020. Closing the library was an extraordinarily difficult decision that we have made only because of these extraordinary circumstances. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our first priority. Early actions to increase social distancing are the best way to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. While we are closed, we will continue to carry out extra cleaning and disinfecting of the building.

We will stop charging all overdue fines and extend due dates on all currently checked out materials until May 10. Don’t feel the need to return anything while we are closed. Just stay home and enjoy!

You can also continue to use the library without visiting by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; reading digital comics, newspapers, and magazines; learning a language; and much more. Stay connected with us on social media like facebook for more ideas for things to do with your library card, and ways to stay healthy and happy during this complicated time.

We look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon. We’d like to remind the public these service reductions are being done to slow down disease transmission. We are complying with the Governor's recommendations to "flatten the curve" as we work to balance the best interests of the Princeville community with efforts to contain the outbreak. 

The LME Library continues to be committed to creating an environment that is safe for our staff and users and minimizes the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are taking these measures to share with you information about it and the steps we are taking to keep our users safe.

The library has created a resource list and will continue to add to it as more resources are located. We have put it on our website under RESOURCES | CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

We have already posted some information on our Librarian’s Blog. The first post was on March 10, 2020

What LME Library is doing to help prevent the spread of any infectious diseases:
We are currently following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Centers for disease Control (CDC) and the Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD). We are also following the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) guidelines for Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities and frequently reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information for workers.

What you can do to help:
Your help is greatly appreciated to help minimize the spread of disease. Here are some simple steps you can take to help.
  1. Leave home only for essential activities. (see Illinois Executive Order 2020-10)
  2. Practice social distancing.
  3. Wash hands frequently using the World Health Organzation (WHO) video on hand washing.
  4. Practice good hygiene by regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and avoid touching your face.  
  5. Cover your coughs or sneezes.
  6. Stay home if you are sick or have sick family members at home.
There are additional practices in this handout from the CDC on Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe. 

We'll continue to keep the public informed as the pandemic progresses. Stay safe and stop the spread.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Coronavirus : COVID-19

We've been monitoring the Coronavirus news and we want our library users to be well informed with reliable sources. We've pulled together some resources about the coronavirus and have put on our website under RESOURCES | CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

In the meantime, we continue to monitor the Center for Disease Control's recommendations for pandemic preparedness and response plans including providing specific guidance on measures to prepare communities to respond to local spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. We are also following the Illinois Department of Public Health's guidelines for Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities and frequently reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information for workers.

The LME Library's website provides many additional resources for library users. We have online subscription databases that can be used with your LME Library card and PIN and have developed other online resources, internet links and pathfinders.  Please visit the library's website at or go directly to the dropdown resources list at  

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New video promoting libraries

Just in time for Library Lovers Day, actor Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Making It, Good Omens) stars in this video, created by Chicago marketing firm Imagination for our library system, RAILS. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) wants to celebrate the passion for libraries through The Wizard of the World Wide Web.

The Wizard of the World Wide Web is growing desperate. Can the Internet regain control of the world's knowledge needs when libraries reign supreme? 

More information can be found on My Library Is ... for Library Lovers page at there, you can take the Library Lovers Quiz!

A very special thank you to Mr. Offerman for his time, talent, and generosity.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

RSAcat Mobile app

Want to access the library’s catalog from your mobile device? You can with the new RSAcat Mobile app!  It available for both Android and Apple devices. The RSAcat Mobile app means accessing our catalog is more convenient than ever. Head to the Apple or Google Play Stores, install the free app, and log in with your LME library card and PIN.  (Don't know your PIN?  Contact us at 385-4540 and we'll reset it for you!)
The much improved app makes it easy to manage your account, search the catalog, renew checkouts, and place holds. You can also scan the ISBN barcode on the back of a book to see if we have a copy, receive notifications for holds or fees, or search for nearby libraries. The RSAcat Mobile app also features improved accessibility for VoiceOver and larger text sizes.
Brand new features include the ability to link multiple accounts and manage them from the app, so that a parent can link their children’s accounts. Patrons can now also pay fines or bills directly from the app.