The Stitch-uation... image of colored thread

Need some time and space, away from all the distractions, to get your craft on? The Stitch-uation is a new club where members meet up and work on their knitting, crocheting, sewing, or whatever needle craft suits best. The club meets monthly so you can come and relax with friends and work at your own pace. While supplies aren’t provided, support is available in spades!

Make the first Tuesday of the month your day to craft!

See you at the library on Tuesday, May 2nd from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the DeFrates Reading Room.

image of Dobra Master Kraig Kenning

May 4th is National Star Wars Day!

Start off the celebration on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Room North for Star Wars Trivia. Prizes for winning team and best costume (no masks).

Then join us on Thursday, May 4th in the lobby and enjoy fun Star Wars themed activities. Also, be sure to check out the staff costumes!

Join us at the library on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 4th.

True Story:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

image of bookcover

In this edition of True Stories, we are talking about Henrietta Lacks. Her body stands behind the development of almost every modern medical treatment, her cells have withstood every test known to man -- all without her knowledge or consent -- and in fact, without even her existence -- because all this happened after she had died.

Sounds like science fiction, but it's all a TRUE STORY. And Rebecca Skloot was the first to tell it in its entirety, in her novel, "The Immortal Life of HEnrietta LAcks."

Joins the discussion in the DeFrates Reading Room on Tuesday, May 16th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

image of One Hour Before the Battle, Oct. 12, 1898. Image courtesy of the Sangamon Vallley Collection

Coal Mine Wars: If you think you’re safe on the surface... you’re wrong.

Are you interested in local history, in particular the history of coalmining and union-organizing in Illinois? We have invited local historian and author Kevin Corley to talk to us about the historical research that underpins his novels, Sixteen Tons and Throw Out the Water. Both are about the coal-mining and union-organizing that took place around Virden and Pana, IL.

See you in the Carnegie Room North on Saturday, May 20th from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

New @ the Library...
Come into the library and browse the shelves or search the catalog to find our latest additions.
Below are some of the titles added this month or click here to view a complete list of new items.

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