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September 25, 2023

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727


BONE-CHILLING FUN AT THE LIBRARY IN OCTOBER
Vespasian Warner Public Library Offers Spooky Events for All Ages

CLINTON, September 25, 2023 – Bats, pumpkins, and ghosts… Oh my! The Vespasian Warner Public Library District in Clinton has a line-up of free events for everyone during the month of October. Drop-in events and activities include Halloween-themed scratch art kits, skeleton art, pumpkin candy catapults, and a bat-themed Nature Nook! Visit the library or Facebook @VespasianWarner for details. Then, be sure to add the following events to your fall calendar!

 

Scary Story Contest – Monday, 10/2 at 4pm*: Learn how to start a really good scary story and then turn your own in by the 15th for the chance to win the new Goosebumps book!  We’ll give you your own blank book and the tools to get you started!  The scariest story will be read aloud at the Spooky Campfire on the 18th.  This event is for youth ages 8-12. No grown-ups allowed.

 

Gravestone Cleaning – Saturday, 10/7 at 10am*: Discover how to take care of neglected gravestones with a product called D2.  We’ll discuss how to properly rinse, clean and protect graves for years to come.  Wear something you don’t mind getting dirty and join as at Woodlawn Cemetery. All ages are welcome. Adults are also encouraged to attend on their own or register with a friend.

 

Spooky Stories by the Campfire – Wednesday, 10/18 at 6pm*: Wear your best costume and join us for our Spooky Campfire on the lawn!  We’ll provide the hot chocolate and spooky stories, just bring your blankets and chairs and prepare to get spooked. This is a youth-focused event and parents/caregivers should plan to attend.

 

Paranormal Investigation at the Library – Thursday, 10/26 at 7pm*: Interested in the paranormal?  Ever wanted to explore the library after we close?  Come “ghost hunt” in the building and learn about the tools used to detect them with the help of real ghost hunters! Ages 18+, please.

 

Halloween After-Hours – Monday, 10/30 at 7pm: Candy!  Games!  Scares!  “Ghost” hunting!  Make-up effects!  Spooky Music!  Photo Ops!  Ever wondered what the library was like after-hours?  Put on your best costume and join us if you dare! This event is for teens, ages 12-18.

 

Trick or Treat at the Library – Tuesday, 10/31: Join us for Trick or Treating at the Library!  Drop in anytime between 9am-7pm to pick up a goody bag from the children’s floor!  Bags and treats are available to the first 250 children. The library is also excited to welcome back EMC Photography for free Halloween portraits from 4:30-6:30pm.

 

*Registration is required for events marked with an asterisk (*). Please call the library at 217.935.5174 to sign up. A variety of other free events are available throughout the month. Be sure to visit www.vwarner.org for a full calendar. The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm, Friday from 9am-4pm, and Saturday from 9am-1pm. Hours are subject to change. The library will be closed on Monday, 10/9. For more information, visit www.vwarner.org, call 217.935.5174, or visit Facebook @VespasianWarner.

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Contact:
Source: Melissa Snow, Youth Services Manager, 217.935.5174, msnow@vwarner.org

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

August 28, 2023

 

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727


SEPTEMBER SHAPING UP TO BE A BUSY MONTH AT THE LIBRARY
Vespasian Warner Public Library Shares Special Highlights

CLINTON, August 28, 2023 – The library will be buzzing with activity in September. Library staff are celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month, introducing the public to the new digital microfilm reader, and announcing a new face in library leadership. As always, the community is encouraged to visit the library to borrow books, movies, and more or attend a free event.

 

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Celebrate by getting your very own library card this month! With a library card, you can discover new and exciting worlds. From borrowing the latest popular books and movies to taking free DIY classes, there is so much you can access with a library card. In September, new library card holders will receive a bookmark, pencil, or magnet. Current library card holders can replace their lost or damaged card for free (normally $1). All library visitors can also visit the children’s floor to complete a scavenger hunt for a sticker prize.

 

New Digital Microfilm Reader

Did you know the library’s historic newspaper collection includes papers from Clinton, Farmer City, Kenney, and Weldon, with some papers going back as far as 1854? This collection is an incredibly valuable resource for the history of our communities. The newspapers are all available to view on microfilm.

Now, library visitors will have even better access to these historic records. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Warner Library, members of the DeWitt County Genealogical Society (DCGS), and an anonymous donor, the library was able to purchase a digital microfilm reader. This reader offers a crisp, clear display of the newspapers and has the capability to easily save articles to flash drives or email. Visit the library on Thursdays and volunteers from DCGS will be happy to show you the reader.

Melissa Snow Enjoys New Role as Youth Services Manager

The library is excited to announce that Melissa Snow has accepted the role of Youth Services Manager at the library as of August 1. Snow had previously served as the library’s Youth Services Assistant over the past two years. “I’m excited about our expansion of programming and storytimes. I’m also looking forward to many of our traditional events such as Trick or Treat in October,” she said. Snow will be responsible for events, materials, and in-library activities for ages 0-18.

 

The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm, Friday from 9am-4pm, and Saturday from 9am-1pm. Hours are subject to change. The library will be closed on Monday, 9/4 in observance of Labor Day. The building will also close at noon on Friday, 9/22 and be closed Saturday, 9/23 during the Apple ‘n Pork Festival weekend. For more information, visit www.vwarner.org, call 217.935.5174, or visit Facebook @VespasianWarner.

 

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

            Melissa Snow, Youth Services Manager, 217.935.5174, msnow@vwarner.org

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

July 24, 2023

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

BEST SELLERS AND NEW RELEASES AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY Vespasian Warner Public Library Offers Free Access to New and Popular Materials

CLINTON, July 24, 2023 – Did you know? The Vespasian Warner Public Library District in Clinton can be your destination for best-selling books and new-release movies! On average, the library adds over 100 titles to its collection each month so there is always something new for everyone to enjoy. Stop in and browse the New Item shelves or visit www.vwarner.org/online-catalog to see what is coming soon.

 

Library users can browse the collection and place holds on popular titles from home through the SHARE Mobile Library app, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Library staff are happy to help with tutorials and download assistance. Library card holders also have access to materials at other libraries throughout Illinois through Interlibrary Loan.

 

August Calendar of Events

The library also offers a variety of in-person, virtual, and grab ‘n go events each month. All library events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for events marked with an *. Visit the library’s website at www.vwarner.org, Facebook page @VespasianWarner, or call 217-935-5174 to learn more about the events listed below.

· Breakfast Table Board on the Children’s Floor (Kids & Family) All Month

· Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt (Kids & Family) All Month

· Grab ‘n Go Kit: Glass Pebble Suncatchers (All Ages) Begins Tue. 8/1

· *Tabletop! Teen D&D at the Library (Ages 12-18) Wed. 8/2 at 1pm

· *Big Blast Air Cannons (Middle Grade, Ages 8-12) Mon. 8/7 at 5:30pm

· *Hot and Fast: Cooking with an Air Fryer (Ages 7+ w/Adult) Thu. 8/10 at 5:30pm

· *Water Blaster Splatter Painting (Kids & Family) Mon. 8/14 at 4pm

· *Creating “Sea Glass” (Ages 8+ w/Adult) Sat. 8/19 at 10:30am

· *Gardening Webinar: Greenhouses (Adult) Tue. 8/22 at 1:30pm

· *Book Club (Adult) Tue. 8/22 at 6pm

· Ultimate Oreo Showdown (Teen, Ages 12-18) Thu. 8/24 at 4pm

· Library Closed: Staff Development – Fri. 8/25

· Master Naturalist Nature Nook: Cicadas (Kids & Family) Mon. 8/28 from 3-5pm

· Family Storytimes are on a break for the month of August and will return in September. Please keep an eye on the schedule as it gets closer for more information!

 

The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm, Friday from 9am-4pm, and Saturday from 9am-1pm. Hours are subject to change. The library will be closed Friday, August 25 for a Staff Development Day. 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

 

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