Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our top reads from 2011

Well, it’s that time of year where we’re all making our lists of favorites from 2011.  At LME Library, we had a variety of staff submit some of their favorite reads.  So without much more ado, here they are:

Adult Fiction
Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb—from the author, Melanie Benjamin, who wrote Alice I Have Been, comes a wonderful novel based on the life of Lavinia Warren Bump.  The characters are so well sketched that it’s hard to figure out what actually happened in real life and what the author supposed.  
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella—fun summer read that our book group just adored.  
The last 3 of Janet Evanovich’s books—Janet started a new series (Lizzy & Diesel)  and added 2 more to her numbered novels.  She never fails to indulge me with happy goofiness, and 3 in quick succession provided a much needed respite!  
The Help—I had to wait a long time for this one (the waiting list at one time topped over 350 holds in the system!) but it was well worth it.  Things that sound ridiculous to us like adding a second bathroom so that “the help” didn’t share the same toilet were deadly serious in the 1960s.  I enjoyed the different points of view, the historical perspective, and the touches of karma.   
Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci—one of Glady’s favorite authors hits the mark on this one!  This thriller has a terrorist plot toward the government in Washington, DC.  There are lots of twists, turns, and surprises in a story that’s to become a movie. 
Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy—a challenging story of a recovering alcoholic who is asked by the terminally ill mother of his child to raise the baby girl after she is born.  With his demons tugging at him, he realizes he can’t do it alone, so he turns to his family and friends for help.  

Adult Non-Fiction
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson—this non-fiction book has it all!  It covers the history of the World’s Fair in Chicago and the trials and tribulations of putting this mammoth project together--plus--it follows a serial killer cleverly at work and who was getting away with murder. Larson also wrote this year’s popular, In the Garden of the Beasts.   
Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + CafĂ© by Joanne Chang—when she say spectacular, she mean spectacular!  Beautiful photographs and wonderful recipes fill this inspiring cookbook.  Once you see the cover, you’ll be captivated!  

Teen Reads
Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins—yes, they are just as good as you heard.  Now with the movie coming out, they will continue to be popular reads.  
Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld mixes history with science fiction in this wonderful series about airships, an errant prince, and the fight to end WW I.  
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott—I’ve gotten hooked on this and continue to work my way through the series.  I love the way Scott incorporates historical figures and mythology.  If you liked Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you’ll also like this.  
Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater—will appeal to the fans of Twilight.  There’s werewolves, romance, and tensions galore.  
Fallen series by Lauren Kate—another series sure to capture Twilight fans.  Immortals, outcasts, and love stories make up the series.  The next book, a stand-alone is due out in January 2012. 

Looking for more picks?  The Early Word is streaming "Librarians Favorites from 2011" from Twitter.  Maybe you'll find some of your new favorites there!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Computer buying information

Someone asked me this week about resources for buying a computer. Here’s some my favorite resources:

I hope you find these sites helpful and have a happy and safe holiday season!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Libri Foundation grant for children's books

Thanks to the generosity of the Libri Foundation and the Friends of the Library, the Lillie M. Evans Library recently added 74 new books to our children's collection. The Libri Foundation is dedicated to donating quality children’s books to rural public libraries and through an additional donation from Hal Berenson and Laura Ackerman, the LME Library received a bonus of $350.00 worth of math & science books. The Friends of the Library supported the grant with a 1-to-2 match on the Libri Foundation funds. Youth Services Librarian, Anita Routh, chose the books from a list of over 700 titles of the best books for ages Pre-K through Young Adult. “There were so many wonderful books, it was difficult to narrow our choices; however, we feel we’ve made some great selections for our community. “

Books were selected from all age groups and categories, but the LME Library staff is particularly excited about the selection of biographies. Biographies are extremely popular with our juvenile readers and the staff has been working to expand this section. The addition of the Math and Science books has been a wonderful bonus to this great program.

Each Libri Foundation book has a bookplate to identify it. A sampling of titles includes: ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room; Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse; Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family; Race Cars Up Close; Space, Stars and the Beginning of Time; Computer Animation; and Ballerina Dreams. The books will be displayed throughout December and January in the new children’s reading area. Funds to purchase the child-sized soft furniture in the reading area were provided by the Friends of the LME Library.

This grant and the assistance from our friends have allowed us to provide some additional children's resources even in these difficult economic times. Thank you to the Libri Foundations and the Friends of the Library for continuing to make the LME Library a great place for children in our community!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Homecoming Special!!!

The Lillie M. Evans Library is partnering with LG Fitness 24/7 for our next LME Biggest Loser Season 3. Simply visit LG Fitness 24/7, located next to the Princeville Washtub, on Thrusday, December 1st from 5-8pm during the Holiday Homecoming Celebration and preregister for our next LME Biggest Loser. After you register you will receive a one month fitness pass for FREE! This is a great opportunity to get started on the right track to a healthier you.

Thank you Cindy & Suzie of LG Fitness 24/7 for this wonderful opportunity for all our contestants!

Additional LME Biggest Loser 3 Info:

If your New Years resolution is to lose weight or get healthier in 2012 be sure to join the Lillie M. Evans Library's Biggest Loser 3! The library will be having their first weigh-in day on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Players can stop in anytime on Wednesdays between 9am - 8pm to confidentially weigh-in. Player weights will be kept private at all times; percentages of weightloss will be posted every Thursday and the weekly winner announced by noon. Players may only weigh-in during library hours on Wednesdays. Registration is free, must be 18 or older. Complete rules available at the library.

Players can earn a 1 lb advantage for attending our health & fitness classes (maximum 2 lbs advantage per week). We will also have yoga, Zumba and Workout Wednesdays to get you moving!

There will be prizes awarded to the weekly winners as well as a $50 Visa giftcard being awarded to the overall Biggest Loser on March 1, 2012!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

LME Library to participate in the Holiday Homecoming Celebration

During Princeville’s Holiday Homecoming Celebration, the Lillie M. Evans Library will kick off its Foods-4-Fines program. From November 28th thru December 23rd, you may bring in nonperishable foods items. For each item donated, the library will forgive $1 of your fines. Did you find a library item that’s been missing for months? Bring it in and each item will only be a maximum of $5 in fines and eligible for Food-4-Fines amnesty! Don’t have any fines? No problem—we will still be happy to accept your donations! All donations will go to the local food pantry to benefit those in need. Note: Fines will not be removed from unreturned items or items returned damaged.

Santa letters can also be dropped off at LME Library starting on November 28. Santa’s mailbox will be out with our other holiday decorations, and children may drop in their letters to Santa. Letters with return addresses will be answered by Santa, so be sure to include them on your letters!

In addition, the LME Library will also have extended hours (5-8pm) during the late night shopping on December 1st. Kirby will be in the library for free face painting, and we will host a variety of “Minute-To-Win-It” type games. Chase away the cold by competing in the rabid reindeer game, dancing to the wii, or eating cookies in the cookie face game. The Friends of the Library will also be holding their annual raffle so be sure to stop by the LME Library!

Friday, November 4, 2011

LME Library Computer Classes start Nov 21st!

Ready to learn how to get on the Internet, open an e-mail account, or explore Facebook? Need help writing a letter in Microsoft Word or curious about the new e-readers? The Lillie M. Evans Library District is hosting a series of free computer classes at the library during November and December. Sign up for a class today by calling the library at 385-4540 or emailing us at

  • Computer Basics Mon, Nov 21st (For the very beginner—develop some mouse skills and learn some basic vocabulary for computers)
  • Web Searching, Wed, Nov 30th (Become familiar with Internet browsers, search engines, and some of the best web sites as well as searching tips)
  • E-reader basics/e-book sites Mon, Dec 5th (Try some of the e-readers and learn about sources for e-books—several which are free!)
  • Word Basics Wed, Dec 14th (Covers cut, paste, margins, paper orientation, bullets and other basic of MS Word)
  • E-Mail Basics Mon, Dec 19th (Set up an email account and learn about e-mail etiquette)
  • Using Facebook Wed, Dec 28th (Registering, privacy, friends, and pictures will be discussed)

All classes are from 5:30-6:30pm and will be held in the library meeting room. Registration is required to reserve your spot!

Friday, October 28, 2011

LME Library Trivia Night Champions

On Thursday, October 27, the second annual P-Town Showdown was hosted at the Lillie M. Evans Library in Princeville. Last year, retired director, Joanne Cox, organized the first contest and its success prompted a repeat of the Showdown.

Sheriff Rich Thole was the master of the evening’s events. The four teams vying for the P-Town Showdown Championship arrived on schedule and the Library Director, Beth Duttlinger, serving as Conductor welcomed the players. Deputy Ruthie Whitledge and Judges Anita Routh and Beauford Potter rounded out the officials. Sheriff Thole reviewed the procedures before quickly launching into round one.

The trivia competition consisted of 5 rounds with 10 questions in each round.Questions were from 10 different categories and each team had 8 minutes to answer the questions.As each round was completed, the answer sheets were collected and graded before the round leaders were announced. The leading team was presented with a balloon bouquet that was passed at each round while the lowest scorer displayed the black rose.

The judges kept us entertained throughout the evening by strutting and dancing to “Here Comes the Judge”. Sheriff Thole and Deputy Ruthie did an amazing job controlling the rowdy crowd which included several notorious “gangs” such as the Titans of Trivia, the Princeville Pistols, the Trebekkies, and Senders Slingers.

After completing all 5 rounds, the Trebekkies emerged as the 2011 P-Town Showdown Champions and received cork trivets from Moonlight Engraving. The certificate for Best Costumes was also awarded to the Trebekkies. The Best Table Decorations certificate went to the Titans of Trivia. This and other library activities can be found on the LME Library website at

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lincoln Exhibition coming to Princeville in 2014

Recently, the Lillie M. Evans Library District and the Princeville Heritage Museum partnered to write a grant for the traveling exhibition “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” We are pleased to announce that Princeville is one of the two hundred sites selected to host the exhibit. However, the exhibit won’t be here until spring 2014, so mark your calendars!

Funding for the exhibition and tour is provided by a major grant from NEH. Each site will receive a $750 grant from NEH to support expenses related to exhibition programming. Participating institutions will present at least two free public programs featuring a lecture or discussion by a qualified scholar on exhibition themes. All showings of the exhibition will be free and open to the public. This grant is provided by American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the National Constitution Center (NCC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More information can be found through the press release dated 10/11/11:
ALA, NEH announce 200 site tour for “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibition. Watch for information about the Princeville exhibit and programs in the fall of 2013.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

P-Town Showdown rescheduled for October 27th

Join us for a fun night of trivia on October 27th @6:30 pm at
the Lillie M. Evans Library.

Choose your 4-6 player team of friends, family & colleagues, ages 13-113.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Teams must be ready to go at 6:15; contest begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

Space is limited to only 8 teams so register early! Captains can register their team at the library or online at! You must have at least 4 team members in order to lock in your registration.

Can you round up the best team to win? We need a minimum of 4 teams to host this event so sign up now!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ebooks for Kindle @ the library!

Today, it was announced that our ebook vendor has made it possible to use the library's ebooks on the Kindle! Here is a link to the press release: >

How can you tell if an ebook is available in a Kindle format? When you go to our ebook service at :

1. You can click the blue “library ebooks for Kindle” button on the left to search for everything that is available for Kindle


2. You can do a regular search and if the copy can be checked out by a Kindle, there will be an option in the format section.

Happy reading!

UPDATE 9/23/11

2nd UPDATE 9/26/11
The Metropolitan Library in Oklahoma has a nice Q&A page on using the Kindle with the library's ebooks. It's available at

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation's premier research collection for open-source resources related to homeland security policy, strategy and organizational management. They have been commemorating the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 through a series of blog posts. This week post highlights some of the memorials and observances for the ten year anniversary and it can be found at

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Project Gutenberg eBook titles

Project Gutenberg is a selection of free eBooks containing more than 30,000 titles that are available in the public domain, allowing free download access to anyone in the United States with an eReader or computer. The library website has a link in the left column to the Gutenberg titles currently being offered. The titles are always available for immediate download and are compatible with any EPUB software.

Most titles in the Gutenberg collection are free of copyrights in the United States, meaning they can not only be downloaded for reading, they can also be used for distribution, recreation and adaptation. Teachers can print and distribute excerpts for their classes; artists can perform the works in front of an audience; and titles can be transferred to audio or other formats. Each title provides licensing information when it is downloaded, so be sure to check the rights prior to utilizing the books for commercial benefit.

Titles include many of the classics by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens as well as the Bible and Aesop's Fables.

Friday, August 26, 2011

RSA Catalog Features

Are you familiar with the library's online catalog, RSAcat? It’s available through the library’s website and allows you to search for books and other materials not only at the Lillie M. Evans Library, but at over 180 other libraries in our region. You can search by author, title, keyword, and subject but there are lots of additional ways you can find what you need. You can limit materials to item type (i.e. book, DVD, or audio) or location (at LME Library or other libraries).

You can also place items on hold, make lists, and send texts to your cell phone. In addition to placing holds, you can books and check your account. You will need your library card number and PIN—please contact the library (385-4540) if you need this information.

Wondering what’s new at the library? The right column of RSAcat (under Library Information) has links to LME Library’s new books, new videos and more! There’s also links at the bottom of the screen to recommended reading and bestseller lists.

If you want to get started, visit the Library’s website at and click on the RSAcat icon in the left column. These convenience features let you access information easily right on the computer, but as usual, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 385-4540 or

Friday, August 5, 2011

Upcoming Movies with Book tie-ins

The EarlyWord blog has a nice feature on some of the upcoming fall movies based on books. This includes the first part of Breaking Dawn (Stephanie Meyer), a sequel to Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conrad Doyle), and I Don't Know How She Does It (Allison Pearson). It's surprising how many blockbusters are based on popular novels!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

5 Ways to Use Your Library

1. Looking for a specific book, movie, magazine or more? You may put an item on “hold”. If we don’t have it, we’ll borrow it from another library and call you when it comes in.

2. Tired of making the same old dinners every night? Planning a party and need recipe ideas? Check out our cookbook collection and see what you can whip up!

3. Are you considering a vacation? Check out our travel section for ideas and start planning that trip?

4. Sign up for our free quarterly newsletter online and keep up with all the programs and information available at your library.

5. Did you know we have more than books? We also have movies, music CDs, magazines, audio books as well as e-books (electronic books), online audio selections, and subscriptions to several databases. Think about stopping in for a movie or a magazine to pass the time. For e-books and downloadable audio books, visit ADML (Alliance Digital Media Library) at We also offer copy and fax services and free WiFi.

There are lots of ways your LME Library can help make you life easier—stop by or visit us online at

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Laptop & phone batteries

I just read a great article from TechSoup about "How to Get Long Life of Out of Laptop and Cell Phone Batteries". TechSoup is nonprofit organization that provides other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. There is a clearinghouse for equipment but more importantly, they provide learning resources (including articles, blogs, free webinars, and forums led by expert hosts) to all users.

This article answered the question I've been wondering about for quite some time--how can I maximize the rechargeable battery life on my equipment? This article gives clear advice and techniques everyone can do to get the most use from their batteries.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wrap up to Long Range Planning

In the fall of 2010, the Lillie M. Evans Library District began working on a long range plan for the next 3 years. Community members participated in a focus group in November, and we compiled the responses and made them available on this blog During the month of December, we conducted a user survey, and those results have were also posted on this blog.

The Staff and Board of the Lillie M. Evans Library District have analyzed the information collected and have developed a long range plan for FY2012-2014. Three goals have been identified for each year of the plan. In addition, the library’s mission statement has been revised to more accurately reflect the role we play in the community. The goals and mission document is now available online.

Thank you to all who participated. Your input has helped us concentrate on the best materials, programs, and services for our community!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Biggest Loser Results 2011

The Biggest Loser ended April 26th with Leanna F. taking home top prize by losing 9.23%. Three other participants lost over 8% of their body weight, and over 50% of our participants lost more than 2% during the 8-week period. In addition to the benefit of adopting a healthier lifestyle, our 19 participants lost a total of 121 pounds!

Throughout the Biggest Loser program, we had exercise sessions scheduled at various times on Monday thru Friday and sessions on adult fitness, nutrition and osteoporosis; how to use the Spark People website; and a food talk with Suzy Gill. The library’s resources of fitness, health and diet books as well as our various fitness videos were featured during the program.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Biggest Loser II!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Find-A-Book/2011 iREAD Summer Reading Program

Today from the Illinois State Library:
"Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is proud to join Governor Pat Quinn and Christopher Koch, Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education, in encouraging parents and librarians to check out an important website aimed at keeping children reading during the upcoming summer months when school is not in session.

The Find-a-Book website,, has quick and easy access to a list of books that will match a child’s reading level and interests, as well as the nearest libraries carrying each title.

The Find-a-Book site uses a student’s reading score in Lexiles, a measure of reading ability and text difficulty derived from state standardized tests, including the ISAT. The website also features a search option to access appropriate book choices based on grade level and comfort with typical reading materials at that grade level.

Research has shown the powerful impact of continued reading. One review of the impact of summer reading found that children can lose up to 60 percent of their skills during a two-month vacation. Children who read during the summer months, however, can sustain their reading gains and are better prepared for learning when the school bell rings again in the fall.

Secretary White also encourages parents to talk with children about the fun and importance of summer reading and take them to the local public library. Librarians have information about Lexiles and other programs such as the iREAD program, a summer reading program offered through the Illinois Library Association (ILA)."

The 2011 iREAD Summer Reading Program theme is “A Midsummer Knight's Read.” Check the Lillie M. Evans Library website at for information on local programs and a calendar of events.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Snapshot Day - April 13th Results

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 libraries across Illinois participated in “Snapshot: One Day in the Life of Illinois Libraries” by collecting information, comments, and photographs from events in a typical library day. The results indicate that the Lillie M. Evans Library provides invaluable services to our community.

In Just One Day at the Lillie M. Evans Library District:
• 81 people walked through the doors of the Lillie M. Evans Library District
• 153 books, movies, and more were borrowed from the Lillie M. Evans Library District
• 29 people used computers at the Lillie M. Evans Library District
• 45 children participated in programs at the Lillie M. Evans Library District
• 4 adults participated in programs at the Lillie M. Evans Library District
• 52 people visited the Lillie M. Evans Library District’s web site and blogs

Comments we received on Snapshot Day included:
“I love this library! Staff is great, friendly and helpful. Love to listen to books. Princeville is lucky to have a great library!”

“Today I asked what the inside part of a flower is. They helped me right away and I want to thank them.”

Statewide data was collected on April 13, 2011. Last year, 310 Illinois public, academic, and school libraries participated. Snapshot Day is a project of the Illinois Library Association,

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Kindle readers soon to be compatible with ADML

Wonderful news for ebook readers—Amazon and OverDrive announced the Kindle Library Lending program, which will enable Kindle customers to borrow and enjoy eBooks from library partners in the United States. The program is scheduled for launch later this year, and will significantly increase the value of the investment the LME Library has made in OverDrive. This means that Kindle owner will shortly be able to download ebooks from our Alliance Digital Media Library (ADML)!

We’ll keep readers posted about when this access will be available. More information can be found at

Friday, April 8, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week April 10-16

Next week is National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. Whether you are getting your first library card, learning new computer skills or planning a trip, the library is the place where your story begins. This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians and Create your own story @ your library.

As part of National Library Week, the Lillie M. Evans Library District will be participating in Illinois Snapshot Day on Wednesday, April 13. We hope our loyal patrons will stop by and be a part of this historic day. Libraries around Illinois will be collecting and compiling information, comments, and photographs from events in a typical library day. The results can not only provide indisputable proof that libraries consistently provide invaluable services, but they also can be an important tool in crafting the story of local libraries in the 21st century, and in educating decision makers at the federal, state, and local level of our value to the community.

Enjoy your week, and we hope to see you on Wednesday!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 2nd-9th is National Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort of the Money Smart Advisory Council, a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy. Today, Money Smart Week is much broader in scope and continues to expand, creating new partnerships, heightened exposure, and substantive events. The Money Smart Week model has grown beyond Chicago with successful campaigns taking place in all five states within the Seventh District (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin) and new cities joining every year.

During Money Smart Week 2011, the Lillie M. Evans library has designed activities to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Stop by the library for programs and resources that will help you be money $mart!

Tuesday, April 5th 11am-noon “Budgeting Basics” Learn more about money and how to manage it.

Wednesday, April 6th 2-3pm for 3rd-12th graders “It’s Not Too Early to be Money $mart” Introduction for kids on developing money $mart habits

Thursday, April 7th 10-11am “Investing for your Future” with Brian Card from the Princeville State Bank Covers the basics of investing your money

In addition, other money $mart resources include:

Financial education resources from the Illinois State Treasurer  

Practical Money Skills for Life has some great financial games for kids at

Federal website dedicated to helping Americans reach their personal financial goals

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - New Government Consumer Product Safety Database

Information from CPSC Media Release #11-168

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently launched the database. Consumers are encouraged to visit to submit Reports of harm or risks of harm, and to search for safety information on products they own or may be considering buying.

Reporting product safety incidents through this new, easy-to-use site will help CPSC identify product hazards quicker and provide consumers with safety information on products in and around the home.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Following procedures set up by the law, CPSC will review all online Reports and have five business days to transmit qualifying Reports to the manufacturer, where practicable. Manufacturers then have 10 business days during which they may respond and provide comments and/or claims. At the end of the 10 day period, if all requirements are met, the Report and the manufacturer’s comments will be posted on

It is important that consumers provide CPSC with information that is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge. Reports lacking required information will not be published. Similarly, information in a report of harm determined to be materially inaccurate within the 10 days provided to manufacturers to respond will not be published. Reports that potentially contain confidential information will have such information taken out before the report is posted.

Reports received today will be visible and searchable by consumers around the beginning of April. Until then, only CPSC’s recall information will be searchable within the database. For more information, go to

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What’s all this about HarperCollins?

Under a policy that began Monday, February 28, 2011, libraries can only lease new HarperCollins e-books and loan them no more than 26 times. The number of 26 was chosen because HarperCollins has estimated that a book which circulates for 2 weeks could be checkout 26 times in a year. Essentially HarperCollins has imposed an annual fee on their e-book titles.

Why are librarians protesting?
Popular print titles of HarperCollins books usually circulate for many more that 26 times. If you are wondering what a book looks like if it circulates more than 26 times, Pioneer Library System has done this YouTube video called What 26 Checkouts Look Like. Librarians also have concerns about the work processes associated with the 26 circ limit. Currently, librarians have to search, download or create bibliographic records and then attach item information in the library catalog. If this process has to take place multiple times, it will cost libraries more to manage materials. Finally, libraries already pay yearly leasing fees to vendors like OverDrive to manage and access library e-book collections. If we have to pay yearly fees to publishers also, the cost of e-book collections becomes infeasible for many libraries.

There are several misconceptions that have surfaced lately in regard to this controversy. Here are some of them:
Misconception #1—Libraries get books for free. Libraries do not get books, newspapers, magazines, databases, etc for free; we pay for them. Some book jobbers give libraries a discount because of the volume of materials purchased, but libraries pay of materials just like everyone else.

Misconception #2—electronic items are available for unlimited use. Libraries purchase e-books as individual copies and e-books circulate in a similar way as print books. They are available to one user at a time and circulate from a seven-day to 21-day period. After the designated checkout period, the e-book automatically expires from the borrower’s account and is once again available to be borrowed by another user. Just like print books, e-books can also be returned early and holds can be placed on the available copies (if more than one e-book copy has been purchased by the library or libraries).

Misconception #3—e-books have no downsides for libraries. E-books have some great qualities, but there are downsides as well. E-books can only be read on electronic devices and the majority of library patrons do not own devices in which to read e-books. E-books are still a relatively new format and libraries are struggling to add the e-book format and readers to their collections. Also many libraries dispose of their unread books through used-book sales, a source of revenue that unread e-books can’t provide.

What’s that got to do with our library?
Lillie M. Evans Library District is part of ADML—the Alliance Digital Media Library, a consortium of libraries which provide e-books and digital audio books to their patrons. In early March 2011, the libraries voted to boycott the all publications of HarperCollins and subsidiaries in e-book format. This means that e-books from HarperCollins will no longer be purchased and available in ADML. The majority of these libraries have also stated that they will be boycotting the print editions as well. This will impact the availability of the HarperCollins print titles in the Resource Sharing Alliance Collection as well.

I think that Barbara Fister very eloquently sums up the core issue in her Inside Higher Ed blog:  “But what really dismays me is this: publishers believe that libraries are not good for business, that sharing is a bug, that book culture would survive if everyone had to pay for everything they read. This is short-sighted madness….But here's the deal: Without access to books, lots of books, readers can't develop and grow their own canon of taste for books. Without libraries, books would become luxury goods for a small and dwindling minority of readers. Without libraries, writers would have a much harder time reaching readers and developing a following. Libraries are in communities of every size and are located in neighborhoods where there are no bookstores, because librarians know that readers are tenacious and can grow in thin soil. Not only will libraries buy books for every reader, those readers become book buyers. Publishers seem to be ignorant of these facts.” 

So before dismissing the HarperCollins controversy as an overreaction by a bunch of librarians, think about the big picture. Librarians are concerned with ownership, copyright issues, rising costs of library services and materials, and the right to keep library book selection choices under control of the library.  This controversy affects core public library functions which may not be apparent at first glance.

More information can be found through the following news articles:
New York Times Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books 
USA Today Librarians lunch boycott in battle over e-books

and the following library resources:
American Library Association
Free Range Librarian

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LME Biggest Loser

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 February 28-April 26th and can help you to shed pounds and get fit. Participants compete for prizes during the 8 week program which are on display just inside our Walnut Street entrance. The grand prize will be a $50 Kohl's card!

If you haven't registered yet you can still join. Simply stop by the library between 10a-8p Mondays for your first weigh-in and pickup a player packet. There are lots of opportunities to attend programs and workout session. The March activities are included on our online printable library calendar.

Don't forget, we have fitness classes FIVE DAYS A WEEK!
Yoga - Monday & Friday @ 9:15am
Zumba - Tuesday & Thursday @ 6:15pm
Workout Wednesday @ 5pm ** (We start with basic stretching and warm-ups then workout with a fitness DVD. There's a new workout each week and it's a great way to try out a new routine or get some variety to your workouts.)

** Get a 1 lb. bonus at your next weigh-in for participating in a Workout Wednesday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

NIH SeniorHealth

Just heard about this website from the National Institutes of Health and I wanted to share it.  
This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from one of my favorite sources, the National Institutes of Health. It includes a free, easy-to-use toolkit with training materials to help older adults find reliable, up-to-date online health information on their own.  But what I really like are the buttons at the top of each page.  With the click of a mouse, users can make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.  How cool is that!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cancelled P-Town Showdown 2/24/11

Unfortunately, we did not have enough team registrations, and we must cancel this event on February 24th. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

We are considering rescheduling the Showdown on a Friday evening (either March 18th or April 8th). If anyone is interested and would like to register a team, please contact me ( with your date preference.

I understand that this event was well received last year, and participants enjoyed the program. I hope that we can still recruit enough teams to continue this entertaining event.

Friday, February 18, 2011

iphone & ipad users - new app v 2.2

A new version of the app for iphone & ipad is now available to use with ADML, the Alliance Digital Media Library. Users who are reading an EPUB eBook, listening to an MP3 audiobook, or browsing the OverDrive Media Console library, will now have the full iPad screen utilized for their enjoyment. Additionally, the app for iOS devices—including iPhone and iPod touch—now supports landscape and portrait orientation, and a new calendar icon displays the number of days left until the title expires. The free app is available in the App Store, and can be installed on Apple devices running iOS v4.0 (or newer). Users with OverDrive Media Console already installed will be notified that an update is available.

More information can be found at:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Illinois Veterans History Project

The Illinois State Library is encouraging Illinois war veterans of any conflict to join Secretary of State Jesse White’s Illinois Veterans History Project. The project is designed to create a permanent record of the names and remembrances of war veterans and civilians who served. More than a decade ago, the federal government passed a law authorizing the Library of Congress to collect and preserve the war histories of American veterans and civilians. Secretary White remains strongly committed to furthering the effort to ensure that the contributions of Illinois veterans will not be forgotten.

For more information, please visit the Veterans History Project information on Illinois State Library website at:  

Monday, February 7, 2011

Long Range Planning Update

As I mentioned in my November and December posts, community input is essential in our long range planning process. In November, we conducted a focus group and in December, we canvassed our community with an online survey. Thank you to everyone who participated! The data from the focus group and results from the survey are now available online.

The planning process is “on schedule”, and the Board and Staff are reviewing the data. As we seek new and better ways to serve our community, we will continue to share our progress.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Library Open February 3

The Lillie M. Evans Library is open today, Thursday, February 3rd.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Library closed February 2, 2011

Due to the approaching storm, the Lillie M. Evans Library will be closed on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.  We hope to reopen on Thursday, road conditions permitting.  Please check this blog for further updates.  Stay safe and warm!

Monday, January 24, 2011

LME book groups

If you are unfamiliar with the library’s book groups, we currently have two—one for adults and one for teens. The adult group is called “Talk About a Good Book” club and meets the last Monday of the month at 6:30pm. Information about the books we read and links to discussion guides are available on the book group's blog at  

Next up for “Talk About a Good Book” is the Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan on Monday, January 31 at 6:30pm. The discussion sheet for Omnivore’s Dilemma is available online or at the library circulation desk.

The teen group is called Book Addicts Anonymous or BAA and meets monthly during the school year. BAA books and dates are usually listed on the teenspace blog at

If you love to read and talk about books, visit the blogs for more information, or better yet, join one of our book groups!

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions & Goals

Like many people, I usually make some New Year’s resolutions as well as set some professional goals every year. If you are still thinking about what goals you would like to set this year¸ here’re some tips to help you succeed:

1. Write your goals down. If you want to be successful at achieving something, write it down and post it somewhere you can see it every day. Your list will help you stay on task and bring your thoughts to action.

2. Reach high—set goals that will make you stretch and grow.

3. Prioritize your goals. What are the most important? This helps you focus your energy.

4. Use a website like to get feedback. just added a resolution list to make it easy to set your goals for the year!

5. Celebrate your successes. Once you’ve accomplished something, don’t forget to celebrate when you reach your goal!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Winter Reading Programs for all ages

The winter reading programs started on January 3rd, and we have reading programs for all ages. The theme for adults is “Passport to Reading”. Adult readers can pick up their passports at the library. Readers who complete at least 1 item for each section (fiction, non-fiction, biography, large print, magazines, and audio books) will receive a library tote. Travellers who fill in their entire passport, will receive a $10.00 Borders gift card. The adult reading program runs through February 25th.

The children’s winter reading programs is from January 3rd until January 31st. The theme is “Read to a Bingo” and readers are directed to complete one BINGO (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) by reading the type of book or doing the action that is listed in each box. Bingo cards and rules are available by grade level below:
Grades K-5th
Grades 6th-8th
Grades 9th-12th
Or stop in the library to pick up bingo cards today!