Monday, September 25, 2023
Thursday, June 1, 2023
The Lillie M. Evans Library District will be hosting our free concert series on the first 3 Fridays in June 2023. We are excited to be celebrating our sixth anniversary providing these family-friendly concerts in Princeville’s Stevens Square. Please bring your own lawn chairs for your seating comfort or feel free to stay in your vehicle.
The Princeville to Peoria St. Jude Run will provide a water and soda concession (sponsored by the Princeville State Bank) in the Square and local food vendors will provide food options nearby before and during the concerts. Food will be available locally starting at 5pm and the concerts will start at 7pm. Nightly specials at the Feed Store (116 E Spring St), High Voltage (129 E Main St), and the Stomping Ground (211 E Main St) will be listed in the Square each evening when known.
Barry Cloyd will be leading off the concert series on June 2nd. Barry is a Peoria area musician and songwriter who has spent a lifetime creating a performance style that weaves the genres of Blues, Folk, and Celtic music into a unique blend all his own. A strong vocalist and multi-instrumentalist as well as a storyteller, theatrical performer and historian, Barry delivers his music on a multitude of guitars and other stringed instruments, such as 5-string banjo and mandolin.
On June 9th, we will be hosting Central Illinois’ River Valley Big Band. We are excited to host their performance for a second year. Started in 2015 by Susie Dunnan and Ken Hess, they’re focused on bringing the best music has to offer with a live, 18 member band. Enjoy the concert as you listen to the sound of your big band favorites being played.
For our final concert, we are pleased to welcome the Water Street Stompers on June 16th. The Water Street Stompers bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to Peoria with traditional New Orleans Jazz. The music of Mardi Gras gathers influences from the sounds of the Caribbean, Africa, France, and Spain, all while incorporating Native American chanting. Join us for a foot stomping experience!
Steven’s Square is located on the corner of West Evans Street and IL-91 in Princeville. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Lillie M. Evans Library at 207 N. Walnut in Princeville. More information about this and other library programs can be found on the Lillie M. Evans Library website at lmelibrary.org.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
The Lillie M. Evans Library in Princeville has received a $20,000 Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities grant to start a community garden. Funds will be used to add an accessible sidewalk into the hosta garden and to start a community vegetable garden. The library is hosting a community conversation on Thursday, June 1st at 6:30pm in our large meeting room to discuss how to make our garden more accessible for all community members. Please join us—we’d love your input!
Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities grants are an initiative from the American Library Association (ALA) that offer more than $7 million to small and rural libraries to increase the accessibility of facilities, services, and programs to better serve people with disabilities. For this grant round, 240 funded proposals represented 43 U.S. states and the Northern Mariana Islands. Of the selected libraries, 65 percent serve communities of less than 5,000 people.
“Congratulations to the libraries selected for the first round of this important award,” said ALA President Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada. “With projects ranging from ADA accessibility to strengthening library partnerships with local organizations that serve disabled community members, the impact of this grant will improve library access for thousands of library users across the nation.”
The Lillie M. Evans Library was one of one hundred libraries that received $20,000 awards. The other 140 libraries received grants of $10,000. Eligibility was limited to communities with populations less than 25,000 and that are located at least five miles from an urbanized area, in accordance with Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) definitions. A full list of funded libraries can be found at https://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/access/libraries.
“The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) sends our congratulations to the first round of LTC: Accessible Small and Rural Communities libraries,” said ARSL Executive Director Kate Laughlin. ”All 240 institutions are so deserving of this funding, and we look forward to seeing their proposed projects bring big change to some of the country’s smallest communities.”
Since 2014, ALA has distributed Libraries Transforming Communities funding to foster community engagement skills among library workers and support need-driven projects. Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities is offered in partnership with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) with support from a private funder.
Thursday, April 27, 2023