Wednesday, September 26, 2012

October Events at Lillie M. Evans Library

There’s still time to join our Biggest Loser program to shed pounds and get fit! The LME Biggest Loser, Season 4 will continue until October 24. Weekly weigh-ins are at the library on Wednesdays between 9a-8p. A calendar of events is available online through the library’s website,

We’ve recently organized “Skeins of Hope” a charity knit and crochet group for ages 6th grade to adult.  Our first charity project is the Red ScarfProject for Foster Care 2 SuccessGuidelines are available on the LME Library website and scarves will be collected through December 1st.  Watch for knitting and crocheting days coming up in November.  We are accepting donations of completed scarves, yarn, knitting and crocheting supplies.

The Lillie M. Evans Library will be a location for early voting on Monday, October 22 from 8a-6p.  Voters who live in the County of Peoria, outside of the City of Peoria, can vote at any of the Peoria County Early Voting locations. Voters must present a government issued photo ID.  A sample ballot for Peoria County is available online.

In the Children’s area, Tales for Tots, a  new storytime option (with stories, songs and rhymes but no crafts) will be held from 10:30-10:50 on October 3 & 17th.  There is no session on October 10th.  Tales of Tots is especially for children 18 months up to 36 months and an accompanying adult. No registration necessary! Drop-ins welcome!

In addition, Mag Mondays have started up again this school year.  Mag Mondays are Gaming Day for 6th-12th graders.  Teens can play Wii Sports, Mario Kart, Just Dance 1&2 or just hang out.  Laptops will also be available for online gaming for teens with signed computer agreements.  October’s Mag Mondays are on October 15 and October 29 from 3:30-4:50pm.  

Watch for details on the upcoming K-5th movie day on October 18th.  There is an early out that day and the movie starts at 2:15.  The movie title and details will be available soon on the library’s web page

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

College Changes Everything in Illinois

The State of Illinois has adopted a goal to increase the percentage of adults in Illinois with a postsecondary degree or credential to 60% by the year 2025.  The current rate is about 41%.  The State wants to do more to ensure more young children are in the pipeline for education beyond high school.  In addition, recent data shows that by the year 2018, 64% of the jobs in Illinois will require education beyond high school.

To that end, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and other stakeholders across the state have launched the College Changes Everything movement to make the general public more aware of the impact education beyond high school has not only on the individual, but on society in general.  Please click here to learn more.