Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer of Discovery at LME Library

Registration for all ages starts Tuesday, May 30. It may be done online in the convenience of your own home, in person at the library or by phone. Online registration can be done through the library’s website at Registration will continue throughout the month of June.

We are offering 4 different programs this summer. “Read-to-Me” is for birth through Pre-K. The children will get a prize after enjoying 10 books, and they will get a book to keep after reading 20 books. They may continue to read and get prizes as long as prize supplies last.

“Reading by Design” is the theme for K-5th graders (grade just finished). In this program, readers will get a prize every time they finish reading 90 minutes. After reading 360 minutes, readers in this age group will be invited to the private pool party put on by the library in mid-July. Additionally, this group also has been issued a challenge. If they collectively read a minimum of 19,270 minutes by July 8, one lucky winner will be drawn to either dump Jello on Ms. Anita’s head or have it dumped on them.

The “Summer Creators’ Showcase” is for 6th – 12th graders. This program will focus on creating/making/doing a project of the reader’s choice. Finished projects will be displayed or presented at a showcase here at LME on Friday, July 21st.

The “Summer Challenge 6 of 9” is for adults. The log sheet is set up like a tic-tac-toe board with different activities in each square. Upon completing 6 activities, the reader will be entered into a drawing for a prize basket.

That’s just the basics! In addition to the actual reading programs, many fun activities are filling June and July. We have a representative from Ameren doing a safety program, a juggler, a Guinness World Record holder, and a science show that will literally explode! There are also Toddler Storytimes, Pre-K Storytimes and Maker Camps (hands-on STEAM activities). The full calendar can be found on our website at

Let’s not forget the kickoff dance party on Thursday, June 1st from 10-11:30am!!! Come sign up and have some fun in the process. Let’s get this summer of discovery started!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Princeville History Programs at the LME Library

As part of our 90th anniversary celebration, the LME Library will be hosting a series of programs on Wednesdays in May at the Library. Our first program was May 3rd on the Highlights of Princeville History. Thank you Julie Delbridge of the Princeville Heritage Museum for presenting this program! During the week of May 10th, we have a slideshow presentation featuring Princeville Businesses through the years. The slideshow is available for viewing in the library or on our website, It will also be shown at Community Coffee at the Princeville Heritage Museum on May 10th from 8-10am.

Our third program will be on May 17th at 2pm at the library on Caterpillar’s History in Central Illinois. We’ve had a change of speakers, and now Zack Brown from Caterpillar Inc. will discuss Caterpillar’s history and workforce recruitment through the years. Our May 24th program is on Canning Factory History in Princeville at 2pm at the library. Since 1922, the canning factory has been an important economic player in the history of Princeville. Mary Ann Mercer from Seneca Foods will present a program on the history of the canning factory and the migrant workers program. Our final program is on One Room Schoolhouses and will take place on Wednesday, May 31st at 2pm in the library. This closing program will focus on the history of education and the one-room schools houses in the Princeville area and will be presented by the Princeville Heritage Museum.

We’re not done yet--watch for other 90th anniversary activities in 2017! In September, we will be hosting Princeville Reads, community-wide reading and discussion program focusing on the book, One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. This book is especially relevant since the LME Library was founded in 1927. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the LME Library and all readers are encouraged to attend a discussion session. We also plan to have an open house late in 2017 to celebrate the Lillie M. Evans Library and the completion of the library addition. More details will be posted on our website at