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Tuesday, January 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.
Thursdays January 29th, 3:30 pm, YAHOOS! The Eureka Public Library District Yahoo (Young Adults Helping Organize Opportunities) group is a fun activity and service-orientated club for middle-school aged youth, grades 5—8. The group meets on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45. For more information, email Janet Wilkins at EPLDYahooGroup@gmail.com or call the library at 309-467-2922.
85 Reasons To Read! February Adult Reading Program Celebrate the Eureka Public Library’s 85th birthday by participating in the library's February Adult Reading program featuring 85 reasons to read! To participate simply fill out a registration card between January 26 and February 6 at the library and read at least 85 pages a week every week in February. Get your card stamped each week, and at the end of the month enter your card for a chance at a fabulous gift basket! Not enough time to read one week? Attend a library program during the month and that will substitute for one week of reading. Check out our 85 reasons to read posted around the library and add your own reason to our “We Geek Reading” board. For more information, call the Eureka Public Library at 309-467-2922.
Tuesdays, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, 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, February 3rd and 17th, 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.
Wednesdays, February 4th and 18th, 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.
Thursdays, February 5th and 19th, 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.
Thursdays, February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 3:30 pm, YAHOOS! The Eureka Public Library District Yahoo (Young Adults Helping Organize Opportunities) group is a fun activity and service-orientated club for middle-school aged youth, grades 5—8. The group meets on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45. For more information, email Janet Wilkins at EPLDYahooGroup@gmail.com or call the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursday, February 5th, 6:30 pm, University of Illinois Extension Webinar: Super Sempervivums! Also called houseleeks, liveforever or hens & chicks, these colorful perennial succulents are surging in popularity. They are easy to grow and can be used in containers, baskets, living wreaths and simply planted in the garden. Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension will introduce you to this interesting group of plants and their close relatives. Call the Woodford County University of Illinois Extension office at 309-467-3789 to register and if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program.
Saturday, February 7th, 10 am—12 pm, Take A Child To The Library Day! Bring your child or grandchild to the library for a fun event to learn more about your public library together. Kids and adults can make Valentine’s Day crafts, play board games, create with Legos, complete a scavenger hunt, and have your “I Geek . . “ picture taken. Each child will receive a free book and stuffed animal! There will also be a special door prize drawing. Sign up for a library card and you will be entered in the drawing twice. To sign up for a library card, be sure to bring a photo id and proof of current address (piece of mail, tax bill, rental agreement). For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, February 9th, 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. Come join the fun! For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.
Monday, February 9th, 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 February 7th.
Monday, February 9th, 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! The class is free. Register by February 7th by calling the library at 309-467-2922.
Tuesday, February 10th, 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.
Tuesday, February 10th, Going Digital: How to Download Library Books Do you have an ereader, smartphone, or computer and would like to download and read free books? Join Library Director Ann Reeves for this step-by-step program that will introduce you to eRead Illinois, Freading, and Alliance Digital Media Library. Bring your device fully charged, Eureka Public Library card, and all device/email usernames and passwords. Space is limited. To register, call the library at 309-467-2922 by February 9th. When you register, please indicate the type of device you will be bringing.
Thursday, February 12th, 6:30 pm, Power Pay Learn the ins and out of paying down debts fast. Pam Atkinson, Family and Consumer Economics Educator from the University of Illinois Extension, will lead this workshop, which will teach you the Power Pay method. This method will save you money and get rid of credit card and other debt faster than you may be currently paying them off. Participants should bring a listing of all debts, including the interest rates and minimum payments on each. You can include credit card debt, car loans, mortgages, furniture etc. Only you will use this information to develop your own Power Pay program. This is a free program. Call the library at 309-467-2922 by February 11th to register.
Monday, February 16th, 6:30 pm, Pumpkins, Parades & 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 program will kick-off the library’s 2015-2016 State of Illinois grant award that will allow the library to digitize public and private festival photographs and memorabilia and create a single online collection. If you have photographs, memorabilia, or documents you would like to share, contact the library to set up an appointment. This is a free program. Register by Saturday, February 14th by calling the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursday, February 19th, 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.
Thursday, February 19th, 6:30 pm, University of Illinois Extension Webinar: Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener Beekeeping is a growing and rewarding hobby that can be enjoyed by most backyard gardeners. Join Jennifer Fishburn, Horticulture Educator, as she discusses “Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener.’’ Jennifer will discuss the basics of starting a backyard colony, understanding honeybees and hive management. Call the Woodford County University of Illinois Extension office at 309-467-3789 to register and if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program.
Saturday, February 21st, 10:00 a.m., Basic Genealogy Workshop Come learn the fundamentals of researching your family tree by discovering how to collect, organize, record and document data. Karen Heinrich, a professional genealogist with over 16 years of experience, will lead this workshop, which will help you to understand how and where to research, document and organize your findings within your family history. This is a free program. Call the library at 309-467-2922 by February 20th to register.
Tuesday, February 24th, 6:30 pm, Seed Lending Library: A New Way to Share The Eureka Public Library and University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners are pleased to announce a new initiative —a seed library. The library’s seed collection will be a free community-based resource where anyone can pick up a small amount of seeds to plant in their own garden in exchange for returning unused and fall-harvested seeds. Bill Davison, University of Illinois Extension Small Farms and Local Food Systems Educator, will introduce this initiative and explain the basics of seed starting and harvesting. For more information and to register, call the library at 309-467-2922 by February 23rd. 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.
Thursday, February 26th, 10:00 am, Past & 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 February meeting, the group will be discussing Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the discussion! For more information, contact the library at 309-467-2922.
Thursday, February 26th, 6:00 pm, Lisa and Scott Zimmer Essential Oils: Introduction and Medicine Cabinet Makeover Join Lisa and Scott Zimmer for an informational class on how essential oils work, where they come from, and how to makeover your own medicine cabinet with natural, affordable alternatives. 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 February 24th. For more information on essential oils, contact the Zimmers at 309-645-7517.
Thursday, February 26th, 6:30 pm, at Eureka Apostolic Christian Home Activity Room, Discovering Nicaragua: A Travelogue While a flight to Nicaragua in Central America takes less than 3 hours from Miami, it feels like a world away for most Americans. Bryan and Ann Reeves will share their experiences during the past two summers as they worked with a Nicaraguan mission team, helping in schools, the local Casa Maternas, and installing water filters in Jinotega, the northern most region of Nicaragua. This program will be held in the Activity Room of the Eureka Apostolic Christian Home, 610 W. Cruger. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.