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October 25, 2021

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727


NOVEMBER EVENTS AT THE VESPASIAN WARNER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Events and Activities for All Ages

CLINTON, October 25, 2021 – Looking for something to do in November? Attend an event at the library. There is something for everyone to enjoy!  All library events are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required. Visit the library or call 217-935-5174 to learn more or register for any event.

  • Financial Scams-How to Protect Yourself – Thursday, 11/4 at 5:30pm: Thieves are getting trickier and more scams are hitting our community. Arm yourself with information! Join us for this free event presented by Connie Unruh, Financial Literacy Coordinator for First National Bank. Adult.

  • Fall Turkey Decorating – Wednesday, 11/10 at 3:45pm: Gobble up some festive fun and decorate your very own turkey with lots of different craft supplies! All ages.

  • General Book Club – Tuesday, 11/16 at 6:00pm: Join the discussion! November’s selection is Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn. Need a copy of the book? Library staff members are happy to help.  Adult.

  • Harvest Leaf Painting – Wednesday, 11/17 at 3:45pm: Enhance the natural beauty of falling leaves with painted patterns. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring dry leaves from home. Teens, ages 12-18.

  • Needle in the Haystack: A True Crime Event – Thursday, 11/18 at 5:30pm: Explore types of forensic evidence and discuss a homicide case study with Master Sergeant Tim Lemasters, Illinois State Police. Adult.

  • Mystery Book Club – Monday, 11/22 at 1:00pm: Join the discussion! November’s selection is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Need a copy of the book? Library staff members are happy to help.  Adult.

 

The fun and excitement doesn’t end with in-person events. Be sure to check out all of the other free activities that are available at the library in November.

  • Autumn Leaf Art Grab ‘n Go Kit – Begins Monday, 11/1: Celebrate fall with a stained-glass style art project. Pick up a free kit to make this craft at home while supplies last. One per person, please. All ages.

  • Storytime Continues in November – Mornings, Wednesdays and Fridays: Get ready to move and groove along with us for stories, songs, and lots of silliness at our in-person storytimes. Four different sessions will be offered each week. Advance registration is not required for storytime events. Find the full schedule online at www.vwarner.org. Ages birth to 5 (and their caregivers, too).

  • Family Meal Wall on the Children’s Floor – All Month: In November, there will be a big Family Meal on the children's floor wall! Come on in and draw your favorite dish to add to our table any time! All ages.

  • Family Movie Night – Tuesday, 11/23 at 5:00pm: Join us for a family-friendly movie night on the children's floor! Drop in and stay for as long or as little as you like! No registration is required for this program, but seats are still limited! All ages.

  • Post-Christmas Parade Activity on the Square – Saturday, 11/27: Stop by the Square after the Christmas Parade to participate in a quick holiday activity. All ages.

 

The library building will be closed on Thursday, November 11 for a Library Improvement Day and on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving. The 24/7 digital library is always available at www.vwarner.org/eresources.

 

The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm, Friday from 9am-4pm, and Saturday from 9am-1pm. Hours are subject to change. For more information about the event 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

September 27, 2021

 

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727

 

OCTOBER EVENTS AT THE VESPASIAN WARNER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Celebrate Autumn and Halloween with Fun for All Ages

CLINTON, September 27, 2021 – The outdoor air is starting to feel crisp and we will soon feel the crunch of fallen leaves under our feet. The Vespasian Warner Public Library District will usher in the autumn season with a number of events during the month of October. All library events are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required unless otherwise noted. Visit the library or call 217-935-5174 to learn more or register for any event.

  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest & Grab ‘n Go Craft Kit – Begins Friday, 10/1: Decorate the pumpkin of your dreams and drop it off at the library by noon on October 16 to be entered in the contest. Full details are available at www.vwarner.org. Need a pumpkin? The October grab 'n go kit will feature a small foam pumpkin and paint to help you get started. Grab 'n go kits will be available beginning October 1 while supplies last. Registration is not required. All ages.

  • Blood Drive – Saturday, 10/16 from 10:00am-2:00pm: The Impact Life Bloodmobile will be back at the library in October. To register, please call 1-800-747-5401 or visit bit.ly/BloodDriveOct16. All donors will receive a voucher to redeem for their choice of a short-sleeve retro-style t-shirt or a $5 electronic gift card. Age restrictions apply.

  • Zombie Doll Transformations for Teens – Wednesday, 10/20 at 3:45pm: Let's take these dolls and turn them into something a little more... hungry for brains! Snacks will be provided (not brains), and spots are limited for this program. Ages 12+, please.

  • Preserve at Home – Saturday, 10/23 at 11:00am: Preserving at home is a great activity for all ages to get into the kitchen and have something fresh-tasting months later. Get more complex with canning and fermenting or keep things simple with drying and freezing. This free workshop will cover needed equipment, supplies to get started preserving, and recipe resources to preserve safely. Attend just for the information, or sign-up for the optional hands-on activity where we will freeze fall fruits to take home. Ages 7+, accompanied by an adult.

  • Hallo-Week at the Library – Monday, 10/25 to Saturday, 10/30: Drop in any time this week to celebrate the spookiest time of the year with Halloween games, treats, and lots of fun! Don't forget to wear your costume! Registration is not required. All ages.

  • Family Movie Night – Wednesday, 10/27 at 5:00pm: Join us for a (not so spooky) Halloween movie night on the children's floor! Drop in and stay for as long or as little as you like! Registration is not required. All ages.

  • Gravestone Cleaning at Woodlawn Cemetery – Saturday, 10/30 at 11:00am: Learn how to properly clean and care for a gravestone, while also getting to know some of the history behind them. This program meets at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton. Spots are limited so register early! All ages.

 

Finally, beginning October 2, 2021, the Vespasian Warner Public Library District will be open from 9:00am-1:00pm on Saturdays. This change in service hours will allow our staff to better serve the public during its busiest times throughout the week. Please visit the library or www.vwarner.org for answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding this change. New library hours will be Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm, Friday from 9am-4pm, and Saturday from 9am-1pm.

 

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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

August 23, 2021

News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vespasian Warner Public Library District
310. N. Quincy St.
Clinton, IL 61727


VESPASIAN WARNER LIBRARY RELEASES SEPTEMBER CALENDAR Activities, Kits, and Experiences for the Entire Family

CLINTON, August 23, 2021 – In-person events will be offered for ages birth through adult in September. All library events are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 217-935-5174. Please contact the library if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any library event. 

  • The Return of Storytime – Begins 9/1: Get ready to move and groove along with us for stories, songs, and lots of silliness at our in-person storytimes. Four different sessions will be offered each week. Advance registration is not required for storytime events. Find the full schedule online at www.vwarner.org. Ages birth to 5 (and their caregivers). 

  • The Falkenstein Codex – Thursday, 9/9 at 5:30pm: John Freed, Distinguished Professor, Chair and Dean Emeritus at ISU will discuss the story of the Falkenstein Codex, the oldest family archive that survives from anywhere in medieval Europe. Dating back to the 1100s, it is an invaluable source for studying family and agricultural relations. Adult. 

  • Celebrating Local Heroes – Friday, 9/10 & Saturday, 9/11: Celebrate first responders as heroes in our community by observing the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Everyone is encouraged to stop in at any time to write a letter thanking the Clinton Fire Department for all that they do. All ages. 

  • Friends of Warner Library Book Sale – Friday, 9/10 & Saturday, 9/11: The Friends of Warner Library will host their fall book sale from 9:00am-4:00pm on Friday, 9/10 and from 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturday, 9/11. Stop by the library and find a great deal! 

  • Marshmallow Tower Engineering – Thursday, 9/16 at 3:45pm: Trying to make the strongest tower you can out of marshmallows and toothpicks isn't as easy as it sounds! Put your building skills to the test and see just how tall you can get your tower to stand! All ages. 

  • Hobbit Day Book Club for Teens – Wednesday, 9/22 at 3:45pm: Join us for a discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit on National Hobbit Day! We'll talk about what we liked, didn't like, and everything in between! Snacks will be provided. If you need us to, staff are happy to order a copy for you to read. Teen, Ages 12+. 

  • Terrarium Workshop – Thursday, 9/23 at 5:30pm: You will build your own terrarium and learn about plant selection, building techniques, displaying, and maintenance with the DeWitt County Master Gardeners. All ages.

The library will also continue to offer a variety of activities, kits, and experiences to library visitors in September. Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day, but digital library services will be available at www.vwarner.org/eresources.

  • Library Card Sign-Up Month: Celebrate by getting your very own library card. Current library card holders can also get their cards replaced for free this month if needed! Learn more at https://www.vwarner.org/my-card.

  • Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth Walking Challenge – All Month: We want to see if, as a community, we can walk the distance from the Shire to Mordor! So come in and pick up a tracking sheet, keep track of how far you've walked, and see if we have what it takes to rid Clinton of Sauron's watchful eye. Top walkers will receive a prize, and all are welcome to participate.

  • Quilled Apple Art Grab ‘n Go Kit – Begins Tuesday, 9/7: Get into the fall spirit and pick up a free kit with supplies to make a paper filigree apple craft. Available while supplies last. One per person, please. All ages. 

  • September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World – Tuesday, 9/7 through Saturday, 9/18: The library will host an educational exhibition that features stories told across 14 posters including archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection. 

  • Visit the Library during the Apple ‘n Pork Festival – Saturday, 9/25 & Sunday, 9/26: Stop by the green space at the library from 9am-5pm each day to shop with a variety of vendors. Be sure to visit the library booth to say hello and pick up a free book!

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

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