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July 26, 2021

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727

 

CELEBRATE THE END OF SUMMER WITH A LIBRARY EVENT
Vespasian Warner Library Offers Events for All Ages in August

CLINTON, July 26, 2021 – Families are gearing up for the return to school, but that doesn’t mean the fun should end. The Vespasian Warner Public Library District is excited to announce its lineup of events for the month of August.

 

Seven different in-person library events means that the entire family can find something to enjoy. All library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and advance registration is required for in-person events by calling 217-935-5174. Please contact the library if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any library event.

  • Summer Science: Air Cannons – Thursday, August 12 at 2:00pm: Make your own vortex cannon and play with a giant one while learning a little about how air moves through space! All ages.

  • Light It Up: Painted Glass Creations – Saturday, August 14 at 10:00am: Design and paint your own beautiful glass bottle and fill it with fairy lights to take home. All ages.

  • Cutout Poetry for Teens – Monday, August 16 at 2:00 pm:  Express your inner poet by hunting for the right words in magazines and creating your own masterpiece by rearranging them to your heart's content. Ages 12+, please.

  • Compost with Confidence – Thursday, August 19 at 5:30pm: Learn how to compost, what to compost, and problem solving tips at this free event led by Horticulture Extension Educator Sarah Vogel. All Ages.

  • No-Sew Kindness Pillows – Thursday August 26 from 10:00am to 6:00pm: Stop by the library any time between 10am and 6pm to help us make as many fleece tie pillows as we can for our friends at Liberty Village! There will be refreshments and movies playing to help us pass the time while we spread kindness to others! People of all ages are encouraged to attend!

  • Sock Puppet Workshop – Monday, August 30 at 3:45pm: Even though these puppets are made out of socks, we promise they won't be smelly! Help your very own sock puppet's personality shine at this all ages program.

  • Libraries Transforming Communities: Highlighting History – Tuesday, August 31 at 5:30pm: Join the library for a special brainstorming event with a focus on local history. Attendees will have a real voice in selecting a local project that sparks excitement in preserving our history for future generations. As an added treat, all attendees will also get a special look at some of the library’s most rare and interesting items from its archive. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

 

Library visitors can also pick up a grab ‘n go activity kit, view a Tiny Art Show, and add a note on the Kindness Wall in August.

  • Upgrade Your Ramen Grab ‘n Go Kit – Begins August 2: Pick up a free kit with tips and tricks to make your noodles delicious! Available while supplies last. One per person, please. All ages.

  • Tiny Art Show: View the community’s artistic talents in miniature form! The Tiny Art Show is available for viewing all month during regular library hours.

  • Kindness Wall: For the month of August, come up to the children's floor to write a kind note for everyone to appreciate! Notes will be displayed on our board, and all are welcome to contribute and to have their day brightened!

 

The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm and Friday-Saturday from 9am-4pm. Hours are subject to change. For more information about the programs above or any library services, visit www.vwarner.org or call 217.935.5174.

 

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Contact:
Source: Marie Maltby, Program Coordinator, 217.935.5174, maltby@vwarner.org

            Corey Campbell, Youth Services Manager, 217.935.5174, campbell@vwarner.org

News Writer: Samantha Rusk, Business Manager, 217.935.5174, rusk@vwarner.org

 

June 28, 2021

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727

 

SUMMER READING NEARS 400 PARTICIPANTS AT VESPASIAN WARNER LIBRARY
Community Members are Encouraged to Explore Library Events and More in July

CLINTON, June 28, 2021 – It’s not too late to get involved with summer programming at the Vespasian Warner Public Library District. Almost 400 community members are participating in Summer Reading and registration is still open for anyone who wants to get started through July 31. Summer Reading is a free, self-paced reading challenge open to ages birth-adult. Learn more by visiting the library or www.vwarner.org.

 

In-person events have been very popular recently and will continue in July. Space is limited and advance registration is required for in-person events by calling 217-935-5174. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any library event, please contact the library.

  • Summer Science: Soda Explosions – Thursday, July 15 at 2:00pm: Prepare to get messy with this outdoor science program where we experiment with making soda explode out of its bottle! All ages.

  • Pollinators in the Garden with DeWitt County Master Gardeners – Thursday, July 22 at 5:30pm: Learn about different types of pollinators and how to attract them with your landscape. All ages.

  • Blood Drive – Saturday, July 24 from 10:00am-2:00pm: There is an urgent need for blood donations in the area and blood inventories are at critical levels. Register to donate blood at the library by visiting bit.ly/BloodDriveVWJuly or by calling 217-935-5174. Donors will get their choice of a performance pullover or a gift card. Age restrictions apply.

  • Reading Colors Your World: Summer Fun Day! – Saturday, July 31 from 11:00am-3:00pm: Drop by the library to celebrate the end of summer reading with lawn games and lots of outdoor fun! Participants also get the opportunity to add their favorite colors to our great big community canvas celebrating a very colorful summer! All ages.

 

Library staff also have a great line-up of Grab ‘n Go craft kits planned in July. All kits are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. RSVPS are not necessary. One of each kit per person, please.

  • Hot Dog Days of Summer Magnet – Begins July 6: If the dog days of summer have you feeling too hot to handle the outdoors, this craft is for you! Grab all the supplies you need to make a hot dog magnet that will get you nice and close to that chilly refrigerator in your kitchen! All ages.

  • Tiny Art Show – Begins July 12: Display your artistic talents in miniature forms! Pick up a kit with a mini canvas or air dry clay and return your creation to the library for display during the month of August. All ages.

  • Summer Camp Bracelets for Teens – Begins July 26: You'll feel like you're at summer camp when you make these classic summertime staples! Will you keep your bracelet for yourself, or give it to someone else? Suggested age is 12+.

 

Additional highlights in July include paper bag puppet making on the children’s floor during regular library hours. Flat Lincoln will also make an appearance at the library from July 12-24 thanks to the Lincoln Heritage Committee of DeWitt County.

 

The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm and Friday-Saturday from 9am-4pm. Hours are subject to change. For more information about the programs above or any library services, visit www.vwarner.org or call 217.935.5174.

 

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Contact:
Source: Marie Maltby, Program Coordinator, 217.935.5174, maltby@vwarner.org

              Corey Campbell, Youth Services Manager, 217.935.5174, campbell@vwarner.org

News Writer: Samantha Rusk, Business Manager, 217.935.5174, rusk@vwarner.org

 

 

April 16, 2021

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District 310. N. Quincy St. Clinton, IL 61727

 

VESPASIAN WARNER PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES NATIONAL GRANT FOR SMALL AND RURAL LIBRARIES $3,000

Grant Will Help the Library Work with Residents to Explore Local History

 

CLINTON, April 16, 2021 — The Vespasian Warner Public Library District in Clinton has been selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library increase awareness and excitement about local history in DeWitt County.

 

“We are so proud to be chosen for this amazing opportunity,” said Business Manager Samantha Rusk. “This grant will allow our library to get to know our residents better and help us build a passion for local history within our community."

 

As part of the grant, library staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host a conversation with residents to gather ideas on ways to engage the community with local history-related events and initiatives. The library will use the grant funds to implement at least one of the project ideas generated during the conversation.

 

Library staff are currently in the planning stage of this project and hope to host the community conversation later this summer. Follow the library’s Facebook page, @VespasianWarner, or visit www.vwarner.org for updates. If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please contact Samantha Rusk at rusk@vwarner.org or 217-935-5174 for more information.

 

Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.

 

The Vespasian Warner Public Library District strives to be a welcoming place that meets the diverse needs of its communities through high-quality resources and supportive services to stimulate and facilitate creativity, curiosity and learning. For more information, visit www.vwarner.org.

 

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).

 

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Contact: Samantha Rusk, Business Manager, 217.935.5174, rusk@vwarner.org