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Friday, August 9, 2013

What's Happening!

Sorry it has been so long since this blog was updated. We have been very busy here at the Eldorado Memorial Library. This year we have upgraded our circulation system. The new SHARE catalog now encompasses The entire Illinois Heartland Library system and is the largest library consortium in the United States.

Illinois Heartland Library System covers 28,141 square miles and serves a population of 2,248,634. There are 585 member libraries: 41 Academic, 229 Public, 259 School and 56 Special.

We also have added a new Teen Zone and a lot of new books to appeal to this age group.

This is a work in progress and is still evolving, so stop by often and see whats new!
We had a great turnout for the summer reading program called Have Book Will Travel! Our Summer Reading Mascot, Jerry Giraffe kept us guessing as the traveled all around the town.

We held a first ever Family Movie Night in June and a Teen Movie night in July. Other programs included Ag in the Classroom Storytimes, Kid in the Kitchen, Game Nights and The Shakespear Reading Group

The Eldorado Library also purchased a subscription to Zinio digital magazines and continues to provide 10 Gale databases and Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go (downloadable e-Books, Audio Books, Music and Movies) . Visit our website, www.eldorado.lib.il.us for access to these and other online resources.

Come visit your Eldorado Library and see all the exciting new services we have for you!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

What's Happening at the Eldorado Library

This is a busy time at the Eldorado Library. Summer Reading was a resounding success and the end of program ice cream party was enjoyed by all.

Saturday, September 8th, some eager preschoolers and their parents, got to sample the new UMIGO math products. In an ongoing cooperative effort, the Eldorado Library,  WSIU Public Television's Beth Spezia and her helpers introduced the world of hands on math activities. On Monday, October 1st, Children ages 6-8 will get their chance to try out the new games. The program will be held from 3 to 4:30 and registration is necessary. Call (618) 273-7922 to register.

School is back in session and that means it's Time for Story Hour to resume meeting. Teacher Betsy Oldham had more than 25 eager young listeners at the first session. Story Hour meets Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 am.

Eldorado Town and Country Days is this weekend and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring the Annual T & C Days Art Contest. They have an exciting variety of art on display. Visit anytime during library hours, and stop in Sunday afternoon at the reception from 2-4 to meet the artists.
The Friends of the Library will also be participating in the parade, so watch for us!

Free computer classes are back. They meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Morning sessions meet from 10 to 12 and afternoon session meet from 2 to 4. Open lab times are 9 to 10 am, 1 to 2 pm and 4 to 5 pm. Call or visit the library for more information.

Friday, October 14, 2011

What's Happening at the Library

This is an exciting time at the Eldorado Library. In September, during Town and Country Days, the Friends of the Library had a float (the took second place in civic organizations) and an Art Show & Contest.

The FREE Computer classes continue, with new classes and schedules each month. If you could benefit from an evening class let us know. If there is enough interest one can be scheduled.

Story Hour is meeting on Thursdays, from 10 to 11 am. A Special Thanks to Betsy Oldham, for planning and leading this wonderful activity for parents and preschoolers ages 1 to 4.

BIG NEWS--Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go (downloadable eBooks) are now available for the Kindle! Visit www.eldorado.lib.il.us to try our this exciting new service. These books are also compatable with most other ereaders. Audiobooks, movies and music are also available to download. This service is open 24/7 and NO LATE FEES!

This week we are getting a new roof as ours was damaged in April and needed replaced. Please excuse the ratta-tat-tat overhead, it shouldn't last much longer.

Monday, October 17, at 10 am, Owen Brill will be speaking about the book "Dapper and Deadly" by Taylor Pensoneau.

On Sunday, October 30th, (from 2-4 pm) there will be a reception for the SIC Senior Art Class and two local authors will be autographing their books. Rosalie Murray will be selling her new children's picture book "Yum Yum and Her Christmas Mouse" and Jean Pollack will have two local history books for sale, Eldorado High School Graduates (updated to include 2011 grads) and Averill Mathis' History of Eldorado.

Today, October 14, is Winnie the Pooh's 85th birthday, so Happy Birthday, you lovable old bear!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

June is going to be busy!

Wednesday, June 1. Summer Reading Program Begins
A Midsummer Knights Read is the theme. Children of all ages can register begining June first. This year you are asked to read 9 books by July 31st to complete the program and qualify for the Grand Prize Drawing that will be held on August 1st.

Saturday, June 4. ( 10 to 11:30 ) DART into savings, Couponing 101
Hosted by Rachel Taylor and Donna Ashtiani

Monday, June 6. (1 to 3 pm) Facebook class taught by Annalese Rachter

Tuesday, June 7. (1 to 3 pm) Microsoft Word class taught by Annalese Rachter

Wednesday, June 8. (12 to 8 pm) Open Computer Lab. One on one computer help with Pat Kittinger

Friday, June 10. (9 to 11:30) Beginning Computers with Pat
(1 to 3:30) Intermediate Computers with Pat

Monday, June 13. (10 to 11 am) Friends of the Library Book Review
Keith McCoy will be presenting his short story "Castles Burning"

Wednesday, June 15. (9 to 10 am) Stories and More with Ms. Joy
Children will enjoy exciting adventures while learning about healthy foods

Friday, June 17. (9 to 11:30 am) Beginning Computers with Pat
(1 to 3:30 am) Intermediate Computers with Pat

Monday, June 20. (12 to 8 pm) Open Computer Lab with Pat

Wednesday, June 22. (9 to 10 am) Stories and More with Ms. Joy

Friday, June 24. (9 to 11:30 am) Beginning Computers with Pat
(1 to 3:30 pm ) Intermediate Computers with Pat

Monday, June 27. (12 to 8 pm) Open Computer Lab with Pat

Wednesday, June 29. (9 to 10 am) Stories and More with Ms Joy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A New Service at the Eldorado Library

Do you like to listen to audio books? What about reading e-books? Wish you could download some for free? All you need to get started.is a valid Eldorado Library card, A pin number (available by calling or visiting the library) and a computer. In order to download you will have to install some free software that is available on "Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go" website. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including, Nook, iPod, Sony Reader and many other e-book readers and mp3 players. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the loan period. There are no late fees!

Eldorado patrons who download an audio book or an e-book or watch a demo of this new library service (between March 5th and April 12th) will be entered in a drawing to win a NOOK Color or an iPod. The Friends of the Eldorado Library are providing the prizes (one of each device.) The drawing will be held during National Library Week on Wednesday, April 13th.

"Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go" is a growing consortium of 11 public libraries that have joined forces to bring downloadable audio and e-books to the patrons of our communities. The consortium has chosen Overdrive, a Cleveland, OH based company as the vendor for this service. Overdrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of e-books, audio books, music and videos for libraries and other resource providers. Additional titles will be purchased as funding permits,

Friday, January 28, 2011

Love Your Library Month!

February is Love Your Library Month. A time to celebrate what libraries of all kinds mean to their communities. Public libraries are great equalizers. People of all ages, education levels and economic standings have access to all that the public library provides. If you would like some ideas of ways to show your love for the library visit this page

The Eldorado Memorial Public Library provides a wide range of resources and services. In addition to books and magazines for all ages, we have large print books and magazines, newspapers.music cd's, audio books (both cassettes & cd's), movies in VHS and DVD, and coming soon downloadable e-books and audio books.

The library has 8 computer/internet workstations, a digital microfilm reader/scanner, access to computer databases like Heritage Quest and Novelist, free WIFI and much more.

February's activities include:

Free Computer Classes on the 7th & 8th at 1 pm

Book Review on the 14th at 10 am

Friends of the Library Meeting on the 28th at 10 am

The Library will be closed on the 21st in honor of the President's Day Holiday

Monday, December 6, 2010

Deck the Halls with...Books

Merry Christmas!

It's Begining to Look Alot Like Christmas...
at the Eldorado Library.

Come see us at the library and find a good book to put you in the Christmas spirit. We also have Christmas music, audio books and movies to brighten your holidays. While you are here you can pick a candy cane off the Christmas Tree!