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September 2015 Program Calendar
Exercise Your Rights . . . September is Library Card Sign Up Month! A library card is an essential key to a fit life! Residents and property owners of Cruger and Olio townships are eligible for a library card. Walk into the library anytime and register for a library card by showing a photo id and a document/piece of mail showing your address. Youth ages 6 to 13 are eligible for a children’s card. If you do not live in Cruger or Olio townships and are not served by another library district, ask library staff about purchasing a one-year, non-resident family library card. All library card holders are eligible to enter their name this month for a special drawing for gift baskets. This year there will be a basket for one youth winner and a basket for one adult winner!
Fall Fitness Program In celebration of Eureka Public Library’s 85th birthday, we are launching a Fall fitness program to promote the health and longevity of the Eureka community and the Eureka Public Library District. Commit to exercise at least 85 minutes a week from September 14th through November 14th and you could win a Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker and a free three-month membership at Snap Fitness in Eureka. Sign up runs September 1st—19th. A special log card will be given to you when you sign up. Complete and turn in your log by November 20th to have your name entered into the grand prize drawing. Everyone who turns in their log will be given a free seven-day Snap Fitness trial membership. Look for special Fall Fitness programs to help you achieve your goal.
Tuesdays, September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:00—11:00 am, Tech Tuesdays Would you like to be able to download free library books or music? Tech Tuesdays is a weekly time when library staff is available to help with ereader set up and using your library card to get free ebooks, audiobooks, and music. The library staff is also available by appointment. Call the library at 309-467-2922 for more information.
Tuesdays, September 1st and 15th, 5:30—8:00 pm, Sit and Stitch Join fellow knitters, crocheters, needleworkers, and crafters for this informal gathering. We enjoy each other’s company as we work on our own projects and help each other with pattern ideas and projects gone awry! The group will gather starting at 5:30 pm at the library on the first and third Tuesdays each month. Not able to make it at 5:30? Feel free to stop by anytime between 5:30 and 8:00 pm. Call the library at 309-467-2922 for more information.
Saturday, September 12th, 10:00 am, Social Side of Retirement Join Eric Pigman and Michael Wittig, Mass Mutual /WestPoint Financial Group, at the library for an introduction to the different options available when filing for Social Security. Since 1935 the Social security program has been assisting people during their retirement years. This seminar, designed for everyone age 55 and over, will clarify where the program is at currently, where it is going in the future, and how to choose from the more than 500 different filing options to maximize your Social Security benefit. There is no fee to attend this course, so seats will fill up quickly. Since space is limited, please contact the library at 309-467-2922 by September 11th to register.
Monday, September 14th, 10:00 am, Monday Morning Mystery Book Club Join this month’s mystery book club meeting for an informal discussion of everyone’s latest mystery reads. The Monday Morning Mystery Book Club meets monthly to discuss their favorite authors, what they are currently reading, and explore different themes and authors within the mystery and suspense genres. All are welcome—come join the fun! For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, September 14th, 3:30—5:00 pm, Middle School Paper Crafters Does your middle school-aged child enjoy making cards, scrapbooking, or craft projects? Instructors Danielle Husted and Debi Smith teaches participants different decoration techniques using a variety of fun paper designs. This is a free program, but registration is limited to 10 participants. Register by calling the library at 309-467-2922 by September 12th.
Monday, September 14th, 4:30—6:00 pm, Master Gardener Plant Clinic Bring your gardening questions, landscape problems, and unidentified plant and insect samples to the Eureka Public Library and get free information and advice from Woodford County University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, September 14th, 6:30 pm, Community Cards Come join us create some crafty cards to send out to local organizations in our community. Organizations include veterans homes, nursing homes, and more. The class is free and all of the supplies are included to create the cards, so take some time this month to participate in this great service program. Register by September 12th by calling the library at 309-467-2922.
Tuesday, September 15th, 9:00 am—2:00 pm, Wool Ewe Join Us Rug Hookers Do you enjoy rug hooking or other fiber arts? Join the Wool Ewe Join Us Rug Hookers group at the library for some quality craft time the second Tuesday of each month. Open to the public, you can drop in anytime between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm and work on your own project in the company of fellow fiber enthusiasts. For more information, call Linda deFreese at 309-830-2626.
Wednesdays, September 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 8:30 am, Roaming Readers Walking Club (A Fall Fitness Program) Join this weekly walking group to get in 30 minutes of easy walking a week. We will leave from the east door of the Eureka Public Library at 8:30 am and return by 9:00. We’ll enjoy each other’s company and discuss some of our favorite books along the way! Program will run each Wednesday through November 11th. To register and for more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursdays, September 17th and 24th, 8:45 am, Sitting Fit: Chair Yoga Class (A Fall Fitness Program) Join yoga instructor Peg Toliver for this new weekly, easy exercise class. Health experts warn that “sitting is the new smoking,” so how can a ‘chair fitness’ class benefit you? Chair yoga allows those with stiffness, balance concerns, weight issues, and limited mobility to learn foundational principles for releasing stress while gaining core strength and increased flexibility throughout the body. Sitting Fit instructs students in classical yoga breathing and postures which are modified by using chair, table, or wall for support. The exercises are easy to adapt to your routine at home, work, or in the car to maintain healthy posture and increase mobility. Please consult your doctor about the appropriateness of this class for you. There is no requirement to get up and down from floor level. Wear comfortable non-binding clothing and bring a small blanket or bath towel and a long sash or men’s tie to assist in stretching in some poses. Fee for each 45-minute class session is $5. The weekly Thursday morning class will run through November 12th. To register, contact the library.
Thursday, September 17th, 6:00 pm, Stampin’ Up Card Class If you are new to stamping and card making or a pro, there is something for everyone. Stampin’ Up demonstrator Sarah Toennies will teach participants new techniques to complete three hand-made cards and a small project. Attendance is limited to 15 people with a program/material fee of $10. Register by calling Sarah at 636-795-6514.
Saturday, September 19th, 10:00 am, Internet Genealogy Research Join Karen Heinrich, a professional genealogist with over 16 years of experience, for this introductory workshop on navigating the web to find your ancestors. The workshop will concentrate on the features of various websites that are used for genealogical research. Both paid sites (such as Ancestry.com) and free sites will be examined and described, as well as sites that contain military records, naturalization records, state censuses, and some that may have images of the original documents. Every day, there are more and more records being placed on the internet—this workshop can help you find them! This is a free program. Call the library at 309-467-2922 by September 18th to register. This is a repeat of Heinrich’s March 21, 2015, program at the library.
Monday, September 21st, 9:00 am, Baby Talk The Woodford County Special Education Association is offering a parent-child workshop for Eureka-area residents. Baby Talk will positively impact your child’s development and nurture your relationship with your child during the critical early years from 0 to 36 months. Topics will include play, behavior management, toilet learning, separation anxiety, car seat safety, and more. To register, contact the Woodford County Special Education Association at 309-367-4901 or the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, September 21st, 6:00 pm, Introduction to Essential Oils Lisa and Scott Zimmer will be presenting an informational class on how essential oils work, where they come from, and how they can help keep you healthy naturally. They will touch on pain, weight, sleep, and numerous other topics. This is an education class only and items will not be available for sale during this class event. To register, contact the library at 309-467-2922 by September 19th.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:00 pm, Woodford County Courthouse lawn, An Herbal Essence Evening Visit with Woodford County Master Gardeners in the herb garden at the Woodford County Courthouse. Enjoy a sampling of herbs and join the conversation on how to grow herbs and incorporate the variety of flavors into your next meal. Recipes will be available. Make your next meal extraordinary! For more information and to register, call the library at 309-467-2922 by September 21st. This program is sponsored by the Woodford County University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, contact the U of I Extension office at 309-467-3789.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:30 pm, Writer’s Circle Have you thought about becoming an author, would like to write down your family’s stories, or simply love to express yourself through writing? Join this new informal writer’s group to share your ideas and writings. Members offer positive support, feedback when requested, and incentive to keep writing. For more information, contact the library at 309-467-2922.
Wednesday, September 23rd, 10:00 am, Past and Present Book Club Do you enjoy reading nonfiction or biographies? The Past and Present Book Club meets monthly to discuss fascinating books, people, and events. For the September meeting, the group will be discussing Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, it was illegal in the United States to sell, produce, import and transport alcoholic beverages. Although the ban was successful in reducing overall alcohol consumption by half, it also increased crime rates and resulted in the establishment of a black market dominated by violent criminal organizations. The legends of Chicago’s Al Capone, the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, and southern Illinois’ Shelton Brothers Gang dominate the Prohibition period in Illinois. Learn more about this turbulent period in American history by joining the discussion. For more information, contact the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursday, September 24th, 10:00 am, Book Gossip Be in the know! Stop by the library for the latest book gossip! Participants will share what they’ve been reading, what authors they like and don’t like, and library staff will share the latest in book trends, author news, and what’s new on the shelves. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursday, September 24th, 6:30 pm, Starting An Exercise Routine (A Fall Fitness Program) We know that we need to move more. We've put it off long enough, and we're ready to get started! But, where do we start? Join Vanessa Cruz and Jenna Camic of Snap Fitness to learn how to start an exercise program that you can stick with and that works best for your schedule. Whether it be in a gym setting, at your home, outside, or anywhere else, we have proven strategies to help you get started moving and feeling better!. Register by September 23rd by calling the library at 309-467-2922.
Friday, September 25th, 1:00 pm, Pumpkins, Parades, and Pies: Eureka’s Pumpkin Festival Past Take a step back in time and view a visual history of the Eureka Pumpkin Festival. The festival, which was held between 1939 and 1961, regularly averaged at least 50,000 attendees from all over Illinois and the Midwest. In 1947 film star and Eureka College alumnus Ronald Reagan and Illinois Governor Dwight Green attended, drawing national attention. This is a free program. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922. This program will repeated on Monday, September 28th at 10:00 am.
Monday, September 28th, 10:00 am, Pumpkins, Parades, and Pies: Eureka’s Pumpkin Festival Past Take a step back in time and view a visual history of the Eureka Pumpkin Festival. The festival, which was held between 1939 and 1961, regularly averaged at least 50,000 attendees from all over Illinois and the Midwest. In 1947 film star and Eureka College alumnus Ronald Reagan and Illinois Governor Dwight Green attended, drawing national attention. This is a free program. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922. This program will also be held on Friday, September 25th at 1:00 pm.
Tuesday, September 29th and Wednesday, September 30th, 9:00 am—1:00 pm, AARP Driver’s Safety Program Jeff Michael, AARP driving instructor, will be at the library to teach a driver safety refresher course especially designed for drivers age 50 and over. Since 1979, the course has helped over 14 million drivers learn proven safety strategies and tips for how to adapt one’s driving to compensate for physical and cognitive changes that may come with aging. After taking the two-day course, you may even be eligible for a discount on your car insurance. Class fee is $15. Space is limited, call the library at 309-467-2922 to register.
Tuesday, September 29th, 6:30 pm, A Pictorial History of Caterpillar, Inc. For more than 100 years, Caterpillar has had a presence in central Illinois. How did the company survive the ups and downs of the economy and world wars? Did you or someone you know work for Caterpillar? From Holt, Best and Caterpillar, hear and see the company’s history presented by Lee Fosburgh of Corporate Heritage Services for Caterpillar, Inc. Call the library at 309-467-2922 by September 28th to register.