Monday, March 27, 2017

National Library Week 2017

National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through technology, information literacy, diverse collections and opportunities for community engagement.
In a world of rapid technological and cultural change, libraries and library workers are establishing themselves as trusted resources for both individuals and the community at large. Conducting an online search can be a daunting task, even for an experienced researcher, with millions of hits for any question or topic. Librarians are trained experts who can guide library users through this information jungle to find what they are seeking, whether they are verifying news sources, investigating healthcare options or exploring sources of student financial aid.
Libraries also provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse wants and interests, including cultural heritage collections, materials in alternate formats such as large print, online language courses, and many other programs.  Library programming and offerings continue to expand to reflect the changing needs of the communities they serve.
This year’s theme for National Library Week is “Libraries Transform,” and Olympic soccer gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy is lending her support as National Library Week Honorary Chair. Foudy is helping to shine a light on the value of all types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – and the expertise of library workers.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is observed each April by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. For more information on National Library Week, visit or follow #NationalLibraryWeek.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Friends fundraisers

There will be two upcoming painting programs at the Lillie M. Evans Library in Princeville.  Both are fundraisers for the Friends of the Library.  The mission of the Friends is to support the needs of the Library in a variety of ways. The Friends strive to enhance the available resources of our library to meet current and future needs of our community. Some of the items provided by the Friends include: furniture in the young adult area, Nintendo Wii gaming system, patron shopping cart, sturdy benches outside the library, and help with the summer reading program.

The first program is on Saturday, February 25, 10AM-noon – Cost $20. Come to the LME Library to paint away the winter blues! There will be a hot chocolate and coffee bar and staff from “Your Kiln Me” will instruct us on painting ceramic bunnies. Enjoy some creative time with friends and family @ the Library.  Class size is limited to 20, so be sure to register ASAP.  Cost is $20 for each bunny and bunnies will be fired at “Your Kiln Me” before being available for pickup.

The second program will be on Saturday, March 11, 10AM-noon – Cost $20. Come to the LME Library to paint a glass! There will be a luau theme and we’ll have a build your own kiddie cocktail bar.  No need to have experience—just come and enjoy some great creative time with friends @ the Library.  Class size is limited to 20, so be sure to register ASAP.  Cost is $20 and each painter will paint a glass to take home. 

Registration for each class is required. Children under 5th grade must be accompanied by an adult. Call the library at 385-4540 or email us at to register – class size is limited so reserve your spot today! Any additional funds collected will go to the Friends of the LME Library. To join the Friends, please contact the library.

Friday, December 30, 2016

90th anniversary of the LME Library

The Lillie M. Evans Library District is celebrating our 90th anniversary in 2017.  The first meeting for the purpose of establishing a public library in the village of Princeville was held in the Village Hall on May 31, 1927.  The library was known as the Princeville Public Library.  Since that time, the library has had many changes most notably the change in name to the Lillie M. Evans Library and the annexation referendum in November 1990 to expand to a district library.

In celebration of this milestone, the LME Library will be holding a series of events in 2017.  These will include:
  • 90 years, 90 books—start off the New Year with a resolution to read 90 books in 2017!  Sheets are available in the LME Library to record your titles or you can use an app like goodreads.
  • Program series in May—Join us at LME Library for a series of programs celebrating Princeville history. Programs include:
o   May 3rd 2pm Highlights of Princeville History—The Princeville Heritage Museum will present a program on the history of Princeville from its establishment through the present day. Key events, individuals, and organizations will be highlighted.
o   May 10th Focus on Princeville Business—Watch a slideshow featuring Princeville businesses through the years in the library or join us at the Princeville Heritage Museum’s Community Coffee (8-10am) to view and discuss
o   May 17th 2pm Caterpillar’s History in Central IL— Caterpillar has had a great impact on Central Illinois, Princeville included. Lee Fosburgh, Corporate Heritage Services at Caterpillar Inc., will discuss Caterpillar’s history and workforce recruitment through the years.
o   May 24th 2pm Canning Factory History in Princeville—Since 1922, the canning factory has been an important economic player in the history of Princeville. Seneca Foods employee will present a program on the history of the canning factory and the migrant workers program.
o   May 31st 2pm One Room Schoolhouses—In the 19th and early 20th century, most American students attended one room schoolhouse. This closing program will focus on the history of education and the one-room schools houses in the Princeville area.
  •           Princeville Reads in September—Princeville Reads is a community-wide reading and discussion program focusing on the book, One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.  In One Summer, Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.  This book is especially relevant since the LME Library was founded in 1927. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the LME Library and all readers are encouraged to attend a discussion session.
  •       Open House in November or December—Join us in celebration of the Lillie M. Evans Library and the completion of the library addition.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

LME Biggest Loser 9

Let the library motivate you to get healthier this year! The Lillie M. Evans Library in Princeville will be hosting its 9th season of the LME Biggest Loser. In seasons past, the library has helped many people lose weight and get healthier. Participation is free and the weigh-ins start on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Weigh-in every Wednesday between 9am-8pm through March 1st. There will be a weekly prize drawing for those who weighed in that week and a $50 grand prize to the overall biggest loser at the end of the program.

To help participants achieve their goals, the library will be offering Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 6:15 PM. The library also has yoga classes Mondays and Fridays @ 9:05 AM. These classes are free and open to all adults including nonresidents.  In addition, we have a great selection of workout DVDs and a variety of healthy cookbooks that you can checkout.

If you are a fan of The Biggest Loser reality show, now is your chance to compete in our local version. The LME Biggest Loser program runs from January 4-March 1 and can help you to shed pounds and get fit.  For more information about the LME Biggest Loser program, please contact us by phone at 309-385-4540 or visit the library’s webpage at