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April Program Schedule
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Lives Change at the Eureka Public Library! National Library Week is April 14th—19th! During the month of April the EPLD will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Eureka Food Pantry. Drop your items off at the adult circulation desk. For every item or $1 you donate, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Eureka Business Association gift check. If you make a donation at one of our adult programs, you will receive two prize entries for each item or $1 donated!
Tuesdays, April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:00—11:00 am, Tech Tuesdays Would you like to be able to download free library books? 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 and audiobooks. The library staff is also available by appointment. Call the library at 309-467-2922 for more information.
Thursday, April 24th, 6:30 pm, University of Illinois Extension Telenet: Pest Control Strategies in the Garden We all end up with weeds, insects, and diseases in our yards, attacking everything from lawns to flowers to trees, to vegetables and fruits. Some can be serious. Some can just be annoying. Some can easily be controlled; others may require some effort on your part. This telenet program will help you decide the best options for managing those pests that seem to zero in on your landscape favorite while protecting the environment. Call the Woodford County University of Illinois Extension office at 309-467-3789 to register.
Saturday, April 26th, 10:00 am, Three Massive Mistakes Couponers Make That Keep Them Anxious & Overwhelmed at the Grocery Store Join area coupon expert Kimberly McCormick at the Eureka Public Library for this special event! Kimberly’s presentation is an educational experience eliminating three massive mistakes couponers make and offers solid, step-by-step directions that will provide you with a specific plan, give you an organizational epiphany, and give you the tools to give back to your favorite charity. Please bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for the Eureka Food Pantry. McCormick will also be offering her book, Coupons For A Cause, and other products for sale at the event. Space is limited; call the library at 309-467-2922 by April 23rd to register.
May Program Calendar
Thursdays, May 1st and 15th, 10:00 am, Stacks & Snacks Stop by the library and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while we talk about new books! We will share the newest titles that have made the news and the shelves of Eureka Public Library and we’ll discuss what we’ve been reading. It is a fast hour as we talk books and authors, and you’ll leave with a list of books you can’t wait to read! For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, May 5th, 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, May 5th, 6:30 pm, Creating a Travel Budget Vacations are fun, but it’s easy to overspend! University of Illinois Extension Family and Consumer Economics Educator Pam Atkinson will teach you how to make a travel budget you can live with and fun ways to save for that dream adventure. Call the library at 309-467-2922 by May 2nd to register.
Tuesdays, May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 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.
Tuesday, May 6th and 20th, 6:30 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!
Wednesday, May 7th, 10:00 am, Maple Lawn Stacks & Snacks We are on the road! Join Eureka Public Library staff at Maple Lawn’s Memorial Hall on the first Wednesday of each month as we discuss what’s new in books at the library. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursday, May 8th, 6:30 pm, University of Illinois Extension Telenet: Bargain Gardening Don’t let a limited budget keep you out of the garden. Find out how gardens can be simple, fun, and inexpensive. This telenet session will give you gardening tips and ideas that will save you time and money. Call the Woodford County University of Illinois Extension office at 309-467-3789 to register.
Monday, May 12th, 10:00 am, Monday Morning Mystery Book Club Do you love mysteries? Join this fun book club for fans of all types of mysteries. Participants discuss their favorite authors, what they are currently reading, and explore different themes and authors within the mystery and suspense genres. In May, the group will be sharing a Laura Childs book they read, sampling mouthwatering Laura Childs recipes, and having a tea party worthy of Theodosia Browning, Childs’ main character in her Tea Shop Mystery series. Come join the fun! For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, May 12th, 6:30 pm, Soldier Cards We will be making greeting cards to send to active-duty servicemen and women for their use while in the military. We make all kinds of cards, so take some time this month to participate in this service program! This event is free. Register by May 9th by calling the library at 309-467-2922.
Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30 pm, Organization 101 Is the chaos of life taking over your space? All you need to get from chaos to control are a few fundamentals! Join Tracy Molendi of Simply Organized and Staged of Peoria for this free program that will teach you the fundamentals of organization, including creating a plan, creating systems and routines, and how to maintain what you’ve worked hard to organize. Space is limited, please call the library at 309-467-2922 to register by May 10th.
Wednesday, May 14th, 10:00 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.
Thursday, May 15th, 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, May 17th, 8:00 am—12:00 pm, Book & Plant Sale It’s the Eureka Community Garage Sale weekend and the Eureka Public Library and the University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners will have their annual book and plant sale! Stop by for some bargain prices on books, plants, and more. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Eureka Public Library District and the University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, May 19th, 6:30 pm, The Art of Scarf Tying Dress up some of your favorite outfits with a scarf for the summer! Marge Ulrich of the Flower Basket in Eureka will be demonstrating a variety of scarf tying techniques including the rosette, European loop, muffler tie, fake knot, and magic knot. Scarves will be available for practice and for purchase. The class is free, but space is limited. Register by calling the library at 309-467-2922 by May 15th.
Tuesday, May 20th, 6:30 pm, Straw Bale Gardening—Learn How! Straw Bale Gardening teaches gardening in a way that isn't only new, but is thoroughly innovative and revolutionary to home gardening. It solves every impediment today's home gardeners face: bad soil, weeds, a short growing season, watering problems, limited gardening space, and even physical difficulty working on ground level. Join Gretchen Strauch, Woodford County University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, to learn more about Straw Bale Gardening. The class is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call the library at 309-467-2922 to register by May 16th.
Thursday, May 22nd, 10:00 am, Past and Present Book Club Do you enjoy reading nonfiction or biographies? Join this new book club! Don Samford, retired Eureka High School social studies teacher and member of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council, will lead this new informal gathering of nonfiction fans. For more information, contact the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursday, May 22nd, 6:30 pm, How to Start and Operate a Profitable Small Scale Organic Vegetable Farm Do you dream of creating your own small farm, but are not sure how to get started? Join Bill Davison, University of Illinois Extension Small Farms and Local Food Systems Educator, for this free program to find out how! Davison operated Blue Schoolhouse Farm, a diverse organic vegetable farm in Woodford County from 2002-2009. He will talk about his experience growing vegetables and direct marketing them through farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture, and sales to stores and restaurants. He will also discuss season extension, soil fertility, equipment, labor, and variety selection. Space is limited, call the library at 309-467-2922 by May 20th to register.
LIBRARY CLOSED SATURDAY, MAY 24TH AND MONDAY, MAY 26TH FOR MEMORIAL DAY
Tuesday, May 27th, 6:30 pm, Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a New Way of Seeing With spring in full blush, there are so many sights, scents, and sounds to savor and appreciate. Join Judith Valente, Master Naturalist, radio correspondent, and author to learn how to keep a nature journal. We will explore how to observe with a keen eye and record the beauty of nature either as a daily practice or an episodic one for those of us with more hectic schedules. We’ll look at how other writers have recorded their observations of nature and learn simple ways of recording our own. There will also be a chance for you to submit your writing or photographs of nature for publication in a nature journal calendar that will be published next year by the Grand Prairie Illinois Master Naturalist program. The class is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call the library at 309-467-2922 to register by May 22nd.
Wednesday, May 28th, 10:00 am, Health Chat: Low Vision 101 Are you finding it hard to read, watch tv, or identify colors? You are not alone! Millions of Americans lose some of their sight every year due to eye diseases or health conditions. This presentation by Janiese Kirkpatrick, of the Tazewell County Resource Center’s Sight Center in Morton, will cover the basics of eye diseases and the low vision aids that are available. She will also discuss the resources the Sight Center provides. Space is limited; call the library at 309-467-2922 to register by May 23rd. This Health Chat program is sponsored by the Eureka Public Library, RSVP, and Advocate Eureka Hospital.
LIBRARY CLOSED SATURDAY, MAY 31st. SUMMER HOURS BEGIN MONDAY, JUNE 2ND