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Due to a power outage, Lincoln Branch closed at 5:00 p.m. today (Thursday, October 22).


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Tea Time January 12 Explores Tea Facts

     As we are firmly into the winter season and the temperature drops, we often look to ways to warm ourselves.  One of the best and tastiest ways is with a hot cup of tea to wrap our chilled hands around.  There are endless facts and tidbits out there about teas but here are ten fun facts to warm your mind while you enjoy while you sip at your tea. 
1. You need about 2,000 tiny leaves to make one pound of finished tea.  Tea plants grow in        the wild in parts of Asia but they can also be planted and farmed.  The best teas comes          from high elevations and are hand-picked. (1)
2. Tea didn’t reach Europeans until the late 16th century.  People in the Middle East and            Asia have been using ceramic teapots and drinking tea for over 11,000 years. (1)
3. Britain is the 2nd largest drinking nation with Ireland being the largest.  The US drinks         1.42 million pounds of tea every day. (2)
4. Earl Grey tea was named after a 19th century British diplomat to China. (3)
5. Legend tells that tea was discovered in China, in 2737 BCE, by Emperor Shen Nung.  A       few tea leaves had fallen into his boiling pot of water.  The habit of drinking steeped tea       leaves became popular later in the Ming Dynasty (13-68-1644.) (4)
6. Herbal infusions are not considered teas but are actually tisanes. (5)
7. In the US, the Northeast and South have the most tea drinkers. (6)
8. It takes about three years for a new tea plant to be ready to harvest. But it takes between       four and twelve years for it to start producing seeds.  Also, at least fifty inches of rain a       year is needed for plants. (6)
9. Tea is not just for drinking.  It helps to heal shaving cuts, can be used as a marinade for         meat, is a great fertilizer for roses, and is also good for cleaning floors.  (7)
10. In 2014, a tea company in Saudi Arabia set the Guinness World Record for largest tea           bad made.  It weighed in at just over 551 lbs and was 9.8’ wide by 13’ high.  That                  teabag could be used to brew over 100,000 cups of tea.  (8)

If you’d like to know more fun facts about tea or just have a fun afternoon with other tea lovers, join us on Thursday Jan 12th from 3:00-4:00pm at the North Branch for our Cozy Adult Tea Time program.  We’ll talk about different tea rituals and tea etiquette, as well as learn more fun facts about tea. 

1. http://www.romantichomes.com/10-fun-facts-about-tea
2. http://www.notimeliketeatime.com/26-interesting-facts-about-tea/
3. http://www.teaanswers.com/tea-facts-trivia/
4. http://www.therighttea.com/facts-about-tea.html
5. http://she-tea.com.au/7-interesting-facts-about-tea/
6. http://www.spinfold.com/amazing-facts-about-tea
7. http://www.finedininglovers.com/stories/tea-facts/
8. http://www.yourteahq.com/tea-fun-facts/

E-Read Illinois Adds Browser-Based Reading

On December 5, Baker & Taylor released a browser-based reader for Axis 360 e-books to eRead Illinois libraries that allows users to access e-books from their browser without having to download any additional apps or software. The reader is compatible with Chromebooks through the Chrome browser and with Mac and Windows based computers through Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. eRead Illinois libraries will be among the first in the country to have access to the browser-based reader. This is particularly helpful for schools and others that want to read on a computer, not a device. For help, call (309) 497-2000.

Two named to Lincoln Branch Hall of Fame

Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch Hall of Fame has its first two inductees and they will be honored by the Peoria Public Library Board of Trustees, staff, family and friends during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Lincoln Branch.
Being honored are Henry Pindell Slane and Kathleen Powers Ditewig. Slane, who headed the Peoria Journal Star for more than 30 years, made the largest contribution on record to Peoria Public Library, donating $500,000 to repair Lincoln Branch inside and out in 1993. Ditewig, an ordinary citizen of the Lincoln Branch neighborhood, ran a massive grass roots campaign in 1970 that rallied the masses and convinced the Library Board to keep the branch open after its imminent closure was announced.
In order to honor the extraordinary dedication of the many who stepped up when Lincoln Branch was in need, the Peoria Public Library Board of Trustees established a Hall of Fame in March of 2016. Lincoln Branch, an original Carnegie Library, has survived for over 100 years continuously as a library and has been completely renovated and restored and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Branch offers a wide variety of programs and materials for all ages and serves as an anchor for the neighborhood. In 2016, almost 100,000 people had visited the branch by the end of October.
The Lincoln Branch Hall of Fame will have plaques on the wall of the Carnegie Room to memorialize the contributions of Hall of Fame inductees. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

What Do You Think About the Opiate Abuse Epidemic?

Talk with other concerned citizens about Peoria's opiate abuse epidemic at one of four discussions moderated by Mike Kennedy, president and CEO of the Human Service Center.

• Saturday, October 22 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Main Library Auditorium

• Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch Lakeview Room

• Monday, November 7 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Peoria Public Library North Branch McKenzie Room

• Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch Hot Air Balloon Room

To attend any of these discussions, please contact Roberta Koscielski at 309-497-2186 or RobertaKoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.


These programs were funded by an Illinois Speaks micro-grant from the Illinois Humanities Council and are designed to support efforts to understand and find solutions for the heroin and opiate epidemic that is occurring locally.

“The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, the IHC, our partnering organizations or our funders.”

Meet Author Jordon Sonnenblick on September 28

Award-winning author Jordan Sonnenblick is coming to Peoria! Winner of the 2008 Rebecca Caudill Award for Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie, Mr. Sonnenblick has written numerous books for teens and younger readers, including Dodger and Me, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip. His newest book, Falling Over Sideways will be released on September 27. Mr. Sonnenblick will be at the Main Library on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his latest book and meet readers of all ages.  Copies of Falling Over Sideways and other titles will be available for sale and signing. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will help support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. Learn more about Jordan Sonnenblick on his website.

Summer Reading Success

Another year of Summer Reading has been wrapped up! Peoria Public Library engaged almost 4, 000 readers of all ages in the seven week program that required just three hours a week of reading. Each week readers received a small weekly prize, ranging from magnetic bookmarks to chip clips to small pouches and ice cream coupons. Almost 1,000 summer readers who read at least six weeks then enjoyed a night out at Peoria Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitor Center. They explored life as an astronaut, saw The Street, enjoyed the Planetarium and climbed in and out of enormous earth-moving machines -- all with wildly painted faces and fantastic balloon hats and animals. The program was made possible by the Friends of Peoria Public Library and many, many other generous sponsors. Summer Reading starts again next June, be sure to join us!

Free Library Apps Make Use Easy

Many of the online services from Peoria Public Library are now available through apps for your smartphone or tablet that you can download from the Playstore or the App Store.  Try Freegal Music and Freegal Movies for entertainment wherever you are.  To download e-books or audio books anytime of the day or night, look for the Axis360 and Overdrive apps. Take language learning with you wherever you go with the Mango Language app! Learn 60 languages, including English for ESL learners. Brainfuse homework help also now has an app. Students of all ages can set up an account on a computer and then use it on their tablet or phone. Brainfuse has live one-on-one tutoring and a wide variety of resources for students of all ages. Get an app today and enjoy the Peoria Public Library wherever you are!

Supermoon Eclipse Party!

Event: Supermoon Eclipse Party
Date & Time: Sun., Sept. 27, 6 - 10:30 p.m.
Location: Northmoor Observatory & Donovan Park · 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. · Peoria, Ill.
Cost: Free and open to the public (all ages)
Sunday’s supermoon is undergoing a super-rare lunar eclipse – the likes of which hasn’t been seen in 32 years. To usher in the 2015 autumnal fun, Peoria Astronomical Society, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Public Library and the Peoria Park District are celebrating by hosting a Supermoon Eclipse Party, with all events free and open to the public beginning at 6 p.m., Sun. Sept. 27 in Donovan Park.
The total lunar eclipse will cause the moon to appear an eerie orange-red because the Sun’s light waves bending around the Earth’s surface cast a red glow on the Moon, despite the Moon being fully in the Earth’s shadow. The spooky event is doubly rare because it is happening to a supermoon – or perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system – a full moon coinciding with the moon’s closet orbit to the Earth (which, to our eyes, makes the moon look larger).
The event promises fun for all ages with moon stories and activities (until dark), a Moon Walk Contest, moon music and the guided observation of the supermoon’s total eclipse, as the big moon rises and then moves into the Earth’s shadow.
NorthMoor Observatory will also be open and a variety of other telescopes will be on site for close-ups of the night sky. Peoria Astronomical Society members and Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium staff will be on hand to answer questions about the eclipse and astronomy in general.
Events begin at 6 p.m., moonrise is at 6:40 p.m., sunset is at 6:47 p.m., and the eclipse begins at 8:07 and ends at 11:27 p.m., with the entire moon eclipsed from 9:11 to 10:23 p.m. The event is free, but event officials recommend bringing a blanket or chair, binoculars (not necessary), a flashlight and snacks.
As with all astronomical events, the Supermoon Eclipse Party is weather dependent. In the event of full cloud cover or inclement weather, the Riverfront Museum will post on its web homepage and Facebook page a notice of cancellation along with a link to allow viewers to watch the eclipse live via NASA TV.
The public may call the Peoria Public Library at 309-497-2143 or the Dome Planetarium at 309-863-3030 with any questions. For more information, visit RiverfrontMuseum.org.

Tickets Now On Sale for What's Your Story 135th Anniversary Celebration

 “What’s Your Story,” a celebration,  to honor 135 years of Peoria Public Library, will be held on Monday, October 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Main Library at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria and will feature New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin as well as many other events.

            The evening will include two chances to hear the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, Melanie Benjamin along with Book Talks by interesting Peorians, hors d’oeuvres from Cracked Pepper, a cash wine bar, birthday cake, art displays, the Peoria Jazz AllStars, silent auction and more.

            “What’s Your Story” is based on the idea that books and the Peoria Public Library have had an enormous influence on our community in the past 135 years, so 135 of our citizens were asked to write about the book that was the biggest influence on them. Those choices will be revealed at the event.  Single admission tickets are $35, a ticket that includes a hardbound copy of The Aviator’s Wife is $60. A “Book Club” or set of 10 tickets is available at a savings for $300. Sponsorships that include special incentives are also available for the event.

            To purchase a ticket call (309) 497-2137 or email programmingdept@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us. Credit cards can be taken over the phone. Ticket orders may also be mailed with a check made out to Friends of Peoria Public Library to Programming Department at 107 NE Monroe, Peoria, 61602.  More information and order forms are available on the library website under the “Events” tab at /135-years-what-s-your-story.

Project Next Generation Brings Technology to Lincoln Branch

by Sherry Criss

In today’s society, technology has become very essential. Because it is considered mainstream, it is important that our youth sharpen their skills through an experience that will help prepare them to enter the work force. This is where Project Next Generation comes into play; mentoring and technology.

Every year since February 2002, the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch has been awarded the grant to implement the Project Next Generation program. This is such an exciting time for us from recruiting students to be mentors to the visit from Illinois Secretary of State and PNG founder Mr. Jesse White. Along with this grant came three brand new Dell computers, printers, cameras and computer programs. Diorama Design was among one of my personal favorites.

The program was designed for students in grades 5-8. We have had many student mentors continue on through the end of their senior year of high school.  (We just could not get them to leave!) Every so often, we get the opportunity to invite a mature fourth grader to get involved. Some of our most successful students include: Kiayra Childs, Sedrick Jackson, Sterling Jackson, Spencer Jackson, Alexa Cary, Andre Walker and Israel Henderson.

Currently we have ten student mentors that are actively participating, but we have the capacity to accommodate a total of sixteen. There are also two mentors on staff, including our Branch Manager Cynthia Smith.

For more information about the program, visit /project-next-generation or call the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch at 309-497-2600.