Thursday, January 9, 2014

LME Library and 2014 Goals

Still working on setting your New Year’s resolutions? Here’re some suggestions from the Lillie M. Evans Library that can make 2014 great!
  1. Resolve to get more fit. Our 6th season of LME Library’s Biggest Loser runs from January 8th-March 5th. This 8 week program can help you get a kick start on your fitness goals. Did you know the library has a great selection of workout DVDs and offers fitness programs throughout the week? Our yoga group meets on Mondays and Fridays at 9:15am. Zumba featuring Latin music and dance provides a great cardio workout on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:15pm. Workout Wednesdays is a great opportunity to preview some of the LME fitness videos and meets on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Fitness hooping works your core, hips and thighs and meets on Saturdays at 1pm. No preregistration is required and participation is free. Come to the staff entrance on Walnut Street (near Harvey Stahl Plumbing) for sessions that take place after the library is closed. Don’t forget the cookbooks! The LME Library also has variety of cookbooks for those looking for healthy recipes. 
  2. Resolve to declutter your home. Are you looking for a place to bring your used books, DVDs, or ink cartridges? Donate them to the LME Library! Items not added to the library collection go to the Friends of the Library for their booksale. Over the years, the Friends have supported the library by donated materials, equipment, furniture, and funds for children’s programs. The Friends are also collecting empty inkjet cartridges for recycling. Cartridges can be deposited in our collection bin at the library.
  3. Resolve to stop paying overdue library fines. You can when your books are never overdue. Sign up for Shoutbomb text notifications or email alerts, and you will always know when your loan period is up. Then you can renew your books online, by text message, in person, or by phone. Don’t forget that you can return all items in the drop box outside the library even if the library is closed. You can also use our e-book service ( and the e-book will expire when the loan period has ended. 
  4. Resolve to learn more about technology. The LME Library is offering drop-in computer classes on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm now through the end of January. Just got a new Kindle or iPad? Stop by and we’ll help you get started. Want to read an ebook on your device? We can help you borrow from the libraries e-books collection. We also have Word and Internet classes on Fridays from 11-noon until January 31st. If you don’t have a computer or Wi-Fi device, we have 9 public access computers for use. Our webpage at is available from any Internet device, and our databases include full-text newspaper articles from Peoria & around the US, e-books & audio books, kids interactive books, genealogical research sources, language learning programs, and fiction read-a-like lists. 
  5. Resolve to read more. Reading is an active mental process and a fundamental skill builder. It improves your vocabulary, and reading gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places. Reading has many benefits–in addition to improving your focus and concentration, reading is entertaining and fun! With your LME Library card, you can borrow books from our library or one of the 180+ libraries in our region. We have audios, magazines, and DVDS as well as e-books. Even though we’re small, we’re mighty! Last year 47,803 items circulated from the LME Library and over 35,000 people visited. 
It’s a whole new year, and we want to make it easy to start and keep your resolutions. Stop in, call (385-4540) or visit the LME Library website at You’ll be glad you did!

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