The history of Illinois will be the topic of a free discussion at the Central Citizens’ Library District on Friday, December 9, at 2:00 PM. The public is invited to attend the one-hour discussion, presented by Tom Emery, a freelance writer and historical researcher from Carlinville, Illinois, who has earned seven awards from the Illinois State Historical Society. An experienced speaker and public-address announcer, Emery has lectured on his research across the state of Illinois. Topics such as the military, political, social, and economic history of Illinois will be covered. In addition, the specific subjects of agriculture, labor, railroads, education, diversity, coal mining, disasters, anecdotal stories, and key cities and individuals will also be discussed. Emery has been published in over one hundred newspapers in his career, including the Clifton Advocate. The creator of a bi-weekly column on Illinois history that is carried by various papers statewide, Emery has created twenty-six book and booklet titles, some of which will be available for sale after the discussion.
The annual Family Cookie Decorating event will be held on Saturday, December 10, at 10:00 AM. This event is for Central Citizens’ Library District cardholders only. Each family will receive one dozen cookies to decorate. The library will also supply all the frosting and decorations you will need! Please bring containers to take your cookies home. Please register by 4:00 PM on December 2nd by calling the library at 815-694-2800 or by completing the online registration.
Central Citizens’ Library District is excited to announce the launch of a new FREE program! Join us on Saturday, September 17, at 10:00 AM, for the launch of our 1,ooo Books Before Kindergarten program. This event is for families with children birth to preschool age. Participants will enjoy outer space themed books, games, crafts, and educational information for parents. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages families to read to children to prepare them for Kindergarten. Each family will receive a packet at registration with a reading log and a fun prize for the child. Prizes will be awarded throughout the program for each 100 books read. There is no time limit to complete each goal, or to complete the program, although it is encouraged to complete the program by the time the child has reached age six. A Graduation and Family Reading party will be held each March and September to acknowledge those who have completed the program. This program is possible through grant funds received through the Community Foundation of Kankakee & Iroquois counties. Please register by calling the library at 815-694-2800 or by completing the online registration form.
The library is pleased to announce a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests. This new service includes free practice tests based on the real state DMV written exam. It includes 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 10 CDL practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.
NEW CAKE PAN COLLECTION
The library is now offering a wide variety of shaped cake pans for checkout! Novelty shapes such as teddy bears, castles, tractors, and footballs are available as well as round, heart, and hexagonal tiered pans. Also available are different sized cupcake pans, tart/quiche pans, and springform pans. A Castle Decorating Kit and a Carousel Kit can also be used. A set of decorating tips is also available. Items may be checked out for a two week period. Many pans include baking and decorating directions and ideas. See a list of available cake pans or contact the library at 815-694-2800.
ZINIO FOR LIBRARIES
Central Citizens’ Library District is now offering access to dozens of popular magazines that can be read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone through Zinio for Libraries. Recently added magazines include Bon Appetit, Brides, and Self. See the complete list of available magazine titles here. All magazines are complete editions, some with enhanced content such as audio and video. Get started with Zinio by setting up your accounts, one to view the library’s magazine collection and one for your personal viewing collection. Get helpful tips setting up your account here. Best of all, there is no waiting list and no need to return issues!
The Central Tots program will be starting up again for this coming school year. The first session will be on Tuesday, September 8th, at 6:30 PM. This program is for preschool-age children and features read-aloud stories, some skills work, and a related craft. It is also an opportunity for both children and parents to socialize with others. The Tots program is offered twice a week with an evening session on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM and a repeat session on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM. No registration is required. Contact the library at 815-694-2800 for further information.
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