Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Illinois Bicentennial Programs in Princeville

Two hundred years ago on December 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the Union. The Illinois Bicentennial, now well under way, is a yearlong celebration of the people, places, things and events that have been born, built and grown in the state. In celebration, the Lillie M. Evans Library will be hosting two 1-hour programs in October 2018.  These programs will remind us of events that have shaped our past and impacted our rich and diverse history.

On Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30pm, Sylvia Shults will present the program, Ghosts of the Illinois River. Be sure to join us as Sylvia gives an in-depth look at the Peoria State Hospital. Known as one of the most haunted places in Illinois, the haunted asylum is featured in many of her books.  Sylvia is a popular presenter in Central Illinois and is the author of several books, including Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital and 44 Years in Darkness.  

On Tuesday, October 30th at 6:30pm, Tom Emery will present a program on the History of Illinois. Tom was a presenter during our popular Lincoln and the Constitution series in 2014. He is a freelance writer and historical researcher from Carlinville who has earned eleven awards from the Illinois State Historical Society.  His newest book, The History of Illinois, is a compilation of some of his newspaper columns and is intended to complement the state’s 200th anniversary. 

Want to learn still more about Illinois’ history?  The Illinois State Museum and the Illinois Association of Museums have developed a virtual exhibition titled The Story of Illinois: The Illinois Bicentennial Through Museum Objects. This exhibition consists of objects from the Illinois State Museum’s 13.5-million-object Illinois Legacy Collection along with objects from other Illinois museums.  The website is available online at

Information about these programs and other LME Library events can be found on our website at We hope you will explore, discover, and learn more about Illinois' unique history during this bicentennial year!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Are you a fan of audiobooks?  Listening to an audiobook is just another way to enjoy a good book, and audiobooks are fast becoming the "it girl" of publishing. "According to numerous sources, audiobooks are the new best thing to happen in publishing: for six years in a row, they have enjoyed double-digit sales growth."

The Lillie M. Evans Library has audiobooks available in a variety of formats.  We have books on CD and playaways for all ages in the library to checkout.  Books on CD are just that, CDs that you put into a CD player (be it your car's CD player, your computer CD-ROM drive, your DVD player or a portable CD playing device).  

Playaways are recorded books that are on a device that plays the audio for you.  We supply the playaway device with the prerecorded book and a battery and you attach your aux cord (to play in your car), or attach your own earbuds, headphones or speaker.  We even have a device that you can checkout that will allow you to listen to the playaway through a radio without an aux cord.  Both formats are available for all ages: children, young adults and adults.  We can also borrow books on CD and playaways from other libraries.

In addition, we subscribe to two ebook services that also include eaudio books.  The Alliance Digital Media Library commonly known as ADML is from the vendor, OverDrive.  We are part of a consortium that allows our library cardholders to checkout out materials with their library card and PIN.  Users can download eaudio books (and ebooks) onto a variety of devices using the app called Libby.

We are also a member of the eRead Illinois which is from the vendor, Baker & Taylor.  This is also a consortial product that allows our library cardholders to checkout materials with their library card and PIN. Users can download eaudio books (and ebooks) onto a variety of devices using the app called Axis360.

Whatever audiobook format you decide to use, feel free to borrow them from the Lillie M. Evans Library

Friday, June 22, 2018

Music in the Square Concert series in July

The Lillie M. Evans Library District will be hosting a free concert series in Stevens Square on the first three Fridays in July.  The Princeville to Peoria St. Jude Run will be providing a water and soda concession and is working with local food vendors to provide food options in the Square before and during the concerts. Food will be available starting at 6pm and the concerts will start at 7pm.

Music in the Square will feature the Central Illinois Banjo Club on July 6th. The Central Illinois Banjo Club is a group of music enthusiasts who love to get together to play and share music with others. An important part of the Club’s culture has been that they try to expand and encourage other people to play the banjo. The Club gives everyone the opportunity and a place to play.  If you’re interested in joining the Club, talk to one of the Club members after the concert.

On July 13th, the Kewanee Community Band will be back to entertain us.  They performed last September at the Library’s ice cream social.  The Kewanee Community Band draws musicians from not only Kewanee, but many surrounding towns and counties.  Band members range in age from eighth-grade students to those in retirement. The Band plays a variety of musical selections and promises a little something enjoyable for all audiences.  New members are welcome to participate in rehearsals at the Kewanee Senior Center on Mondays at 6pm.

Finally, the Caterpillar Employees Big Band will wrap up the series on July 20th. This year is the 40th anniversary of the Caterpillar Employees Big Band. Originally started by an engineer and a factory worker, the Band continues to play in Peoria and beyond. The Band has a repertoire of  arrangements made famous by the big bands of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and is supplemented with contemporary jazz and popular tunes.  From regular engagements in Peoria and Metamora and surrounding towns to a corporate function in Las Vegas, the Caterpillar Employees Big Band continues to bring the big band sound to a new generation of enthusiastic fans.

We invite the public to join us during Music in the Square for these fabulous evenings of food and music.  More information about this and other library programs can be found on the Lillie M. Evans Library website at

Monday, May 21, 2018

What is a cozy mystery?

Looking for a new read? Cozy mysteries are very popular at LME Library.  We have many people who love to read these books.  Some of the cozy mystery titles/authors in our collection can be found here

If you are not familiar with this genre, Publisher's Weekly has a great article called: "What exactly is a cozy mystery?"  Enjoy!