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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

March 29, 2021

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St. Clinton, IL 61727

 

APRIL MARKS THE RETURN OF IN-PERSON EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY

Vespasian Warner Public Library District Offers Events, Craft Kits, and More

 

CLINTON, March 29, 2021 – April is shaping up to be a busy month at the Vespasian Warner Public Library. Visit the library and check-out a favorite book or movie, pick up a kit to take home, or participate in an event. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

 

First, the library is thrilled to reintroduce in-person events at the library in April. Please note that space is limited and advance registration is required for in-person events by calling 217-935-5174. Masks are required for all participants and social distancing will be observed. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any library event, please call the library. 

 

Seed Starting 101-Thursday, April 8 at 10:00am or 5:30pm: Take your garden to the next level!                  Participants will learn the basics of seed starting and plant their own mini greenhouse to take home. This event is geared towards adult audiences, but children are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. One greenhouse tray per household, please. Thank you to Tractor Supply for donating supplies to make this program possible. 

 

Make Your Own Planet for Earth Day-Thursday, April 22 at 2:00pm: Come on in to the library and design your own planet to celebrate our own using scrap materials and saving them from the landfill! All ages are welcome.

 

Popular grab ‘n go crafts and kits will continue to be available in April as well. All grab ‘n go items are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. RSVPs are not necessary. 

 

Birdseed Hangers-Begins April 5: (Children & Family) Springtime is here, and birds are too! Make sure they're well-fed by making them a birdseed hanger and get some bird watching in while you're at it! All ages. 

 

National Pet Day Picture Frames-Begins April 12: (Children & Family) Show your love for your furry, scaled, and feathered friends by making a special frame just for a picture of them! All ages. 

 

Money Smart Week Kit-Begins April 12: (Adult) Stop by the library and pick up a free Financial Savvy Planning Kit. Two kit options will be available while supplies last, Smart Savings and Capturing Credit. Each kit contains two interactive workbooks, bookmarks, a pen, and a reading list. Suggested age is 18+. 

Seed Library Challenge-Begins April 19: (Adult) The seed library is getting a makeover and we have several packets of seeds that expired three to four years ago! We challenge you to plant them and see if they will grow! Suggested age is 18+. 

 

Embroidery Hoop Suncatchers-Begins April 26: (Teen) If you can't get enough of that springtime sun, this is the craft for you! Grab a kit to help catch the sunlight in beautiful colors whenever you feel its warmth. Suggested age is 12+.

 

Finally, the library’s Revere Ware Room is now available for public rentals. Occupancy for room use is limited to 20 people. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be observed. Kitchen access, food, and drinks are not permitted at this time. Please visit the library’s website or call the library for full details and rental rates.

 

The library is open for browsing and the community is encouraged to stop in and check-out books, movies, and more. Current hours are 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.

 

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.

 

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Contact:

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

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

February 22, 2021

 

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727

 

SPRING IS IN THE AIR AT THE VESPASIAN WARNER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Library to Offer a Variety of Events in March CLINTON, February 22, 2021 – Spring is right around the corner and the Vespasian Warner Public Library can help you get ready with a variety of fun programs for the whole family. Take a look at what is happening during the month of March at the library! March brings another four grab ‘n go programs to the community. Stop by the library to pick up free supplies and instructions for each kit beginning on the dates listed below. All grab ‘n go items are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. RSVPs are not necessary. 

 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! A Celebratory Kit-Begins March 1: (Children & Family) Celebrate the 116th birthday of Dr. Seuss with a kit full of crafts, activities, and so much more! All ages. 

 

Demolition Stress Relief Kit-Begins March 8: (Adult & Family) Feeling a little stressed out? Release your tension and smash, pop, crumble, and squeeze your way into relaxation. Suggested age is 8+. 

 

Paper Chain Rainbow-Begins March 15: (Children & Family) Count yourself as one of the lucky ones! You're about to find the leprechaun's gold at the end of a rainbow-colored paper chain you get to make yourself! Available while supplies last. One craft per person. All ages. 

 

Whackable Frustration Dolls-Begins March 29: (Teen) If you ever feel frustrated, have we got just the thing for you! Sew these Frustration Dolls up, then swing them around to your heart's content! It's a great stress reliever! Available while supplies last. One kit per person. Suggested age is 12+.

 

In addition to the grab ‘n go programs, the Vespasian Warner Public Library has partnered with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network to offer a free virtual event on Thursday, March 11 from 2:00-3:00pm CT. Join us online as Amy Byer Shainman, also known as the BRCA Responder, discusses her book, Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew: A Memoir. She will be joined by Ellen Matloff, Certified Genetic Counselor. This event will be streamed on the library’s Facebook page (@VespasianWarner) and on YouTube.

 

Finally, the library is pleased to announce that a blood drive has been scheduled for Saturday, March 27 from 10:00am-2:00pm at the library. This event will be held in partnership with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Online registration information will be available soon. For more details, please contact the library at 217- 935-5174.

 

The Vespasian Warner Public Library is currently open for browsing and the community is encouraged to stop in and check-out books, movies, and more. Current hours are Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm and Friday-Saturday from 9am-3pm. 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.

 

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.

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Contact: Source: Marie Maltby, Program Coordinator, 217.935.5174, maltby@vwarner.org News Writer: Samantha Rusk, Business Manager, 217.935.5174, rusk@vwarner.org

 

January 19, 2021

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vespasian Warner Public Library District

310. N. Quincy St.

Clinton, IL 61727

 

VESPASIAN WARNER LIBRARY RETURNS TO IN-PERSON SERVICES

Browse for Books, Movies, and More Inside the Library

 

CLINTON, January 19, 2021 – The Vespasian Warner Public Library District in Clinton announces a return to in-person services on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. The main floor, children’s floor, and periodicals room will be open to the public while the rest of the building remains closed during this phase. Visitor capacity is limited to 25 people and masks are required.

 

The library had been operating with a curbside model since November 20. “Our goal is always to provide as many library services as possible to the community,” said Bobbi Perryman, Executive Director of the library. “Curbside allowed us to quickly meet the needs of individuals and families, but we are excited to see everyone inside the building again.”

 

Library visitors may browse for and select their own books, audiobooks, movies, videogames, and magazines for check-out. Advance ordering and curbside pickup are still available for those wishing to speed up the check-out process. Popular services such as grab ‘n go kits, public computers, workspaces, fax, printing, copies, and lamination are also offered. Aside from the public access computers and workspaces, seating is not available inside the building. Multi-touch items such as newspapers and toys are not accessible at this time.

 

Current library hours are Monday-Thursday from 10am-7pm and Friday-Saturday from 10am-3pm and are subject to change. For more information about current services, visit www.vwarner.org or call 217.935.5174.

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.

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Contact:
Source: Bobbi Perryman, Executive Director, 217.935.5174, perryman@vwarner.org

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