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Transfer out of the School of Hard Knocks with Adulting 101

By Jamie Jones

Have you ever said “I wish someone had taught me that in school?”  Or perhaps you’ve spent hours browsing YouTube “How To” videos desperately trying to self-teach some small but crucial task?  If these frustrating experiences sound familiar, then the Adulting 101 program series is for you!  Starting in June 2019, you can join Peoria Public Library staff at McClure Branch in covering those countless little skills that adults often need but simply aren’t taught in any formal sense. Of course, that’s not to say that these programs will be formal!  Indeed, we aim to provide a fun, casual, and judgment-free environment for exploration and learning about a variety of topics, ranging from practical skills like financial literacy or home and/or vehicle maintenance to more intangible skills like active listening or self-care. 

So far, the topics scheduled are Calm Your Clutter (Thursday, June 20 at 5:00 pm), Grilling 101 (Thursday, July 11 at 5:00 pm), and Budgeting Basics (with a special guest speaker from Navicore – Thursday, July 18 at 5:00 pm).  If you would like to suggest a topic that you’re interested in learning more about or have any questions about the program, please contact McClure Branch staff at 309-497-2701.  Stay tuned to the library newsletter or online calendar for additional dates and topics!

It Runs in the Family

By Amber Lowery

Sometimes when doing genealogical research, you will find patterns of things (for lack of a better term) in your family history. These “things” that run in your family can be a number of wide and varied matters. It could be a defining physical feature that seems to show up in your family. Or perhaps it is a health issue that crops up repeatedly among your family members. In some cases, it may be just a quirk or an interest that many in your family share. 

When I started researching, I noticed a number of health concerns that popped up repeatedly in my family. Kidney and heart issues, as well as strong indicators of Alzheimer’s gave me anxiety for weeks over every twinge and every forgetful moment. I decided instead to focus on what good things run in my family.

Then I realized what feature does run quite extensively in my family. My family has the gift of storytelling and writing. My mom, Linda Lowery, is a retired professional storyteller who now writes cozy mysteries and has published a few books. One of my uncles, D.L. Rutherford, has just released his own work about raising his five boys and surviving the chaos. I’ve written and published a family history book for my family as well. I have other family members who write stories, blogs, themes, music, and code. I’ve also learned that my grandmother was a writer, but no known works of hers survive.  This particular attribute of my family is especially great for me as a genealogist because I can collect the stories they tell and make sure they get passed on to future generations.

So how can the Peoria Public Library help you find what runs in your family? Come visit us at Main Library and get started on your research with our databases. Delve into your family’s history at the library and find the patterns that show up in your family tree. We hope to see you soon!

What's New in Large Print

By Teri Miller

Large print books are for anyone who enjoys the ease and convenience of reading larger type. Enjoy these non-fiction and biography titles appearing soon on a Large Print Shelf at your favorite branch!

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman: When President Kennedy announced on May 25, 1961 that the U.S. would land a man on the Moon by 1970; no one was more surprised than the men and women of NASA. On that day, no one knew how to build a rocket big enough or a computer small enough, let alone how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to provide food or toilets in space. To fulfill JFK’s mandate, NASA engineers had to invent space travel in nine years. And they did! (Main, Lakeview, North)

The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcee Who Became the Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak: Wallis Simpson is known as the woman at the center of the most scandalous love affair of the 20th century. But this surprising new biography redeems a woman wronged by history – presenting Wallis not as a sinister schemer, but as a scapegoat used to rid England of a king deemed unworthy to rule. (Main, Lakeview, North)

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough: David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story – the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country. (Lakeview, North)

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native American from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer: The received idea of Native American history has been that it essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to offer a sweeping history – and counter-narrative – of Native American life as one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. (Main, Lakeview, North)

Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life by Marianne Power: Setting out to see if her elusive “perfect existence” could be found in the pages of self-help books, journalist Marianne Power tested a book a month for one year, following its advice to the letter. Filled with humor, candor and unassuming wisdom, Help Me! takes on the question of what it really means to be our very best selves. (Lakeview, North)

Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis: The bestselling author of American Housewife is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. (Main, Lakeview, North)

It's Summer Reading Sign Up Time!

Making summer plans? First stop, sign up for Summer Reading at your favorite Peoria Public Library branch. It’s the summer fun that goes with you everywhere, takes place rain or shine and grows brain power for every age. Plus everyone can relax and  enjoy themselves while they participate!

“It’s Showtime at the Library” is the Summer Reading theme this year and the team at Peoria Public Library has devised activities and rewards to fill the seven week program with entertainment and learning opportunities for the entire family. To participate, simply visit your favorite branch in May or early June to sign up.  You are agreeing to read just three hours a week and all reading counts, including reading to others. Each week when you sign in you receive a reward. If you read six of the seven weeks of the program, you earn a party pass for the Summer Reading Party at Peoria Riverfront Museum. It includes all the delights the museum offers plus additional entertainment and prizes.

Summer Reading runs from June 2 to July 20, with the party taking place on  July 23 from 6-8 p.m.  Sign up starting in May or anytime all summer, but to be a summer reader for six weeks and get to the party, you must sign up by June 15.

Groups may register and read together as well.  To get more information about how schools, day cares, senior centers or other groups can participate, please call (309) 497-2141 or email programming@peoriapubliclibrary.org. All ages from newborns to seniors are encouraged to participate. Reading provides vital skill growth and maintenance for young students and keeps older brains active and growing, providing an enriched life at any age.

Is Your Information Safe at the Library?

You may not have considered the safety and security of your personal information at the library. After all, it isn’t a bank! Yet identity theft is something that concerns us all. Peoria Public Library has your name, birth date, address and knows what you have checked out. All this information is closely guarded and secure in the RSA Cat database, a service overseen by a group of area libraries  The record of what materials you have checked out is erased the moment your item is returned.  This protects you from possible legal investigations or court actions as there is no existing record to be turned over or viewed.

Your library card is a precious document.  If you lose it, report the loss immediately so that someone else cannot check out materials. If someone should steal your card and use it you then become liable for the cost of the materials and if you should be turned into collections for not paying for the loss, your credit is affected. Keep track of your library card just as you would your credit card.

Inside the library are many public computers as well as our free wifi.  Your browser activity is set to erase as soon as you close out your browser on public computers.  Please be aware, however, that Peoria Public Library wifi may not be secure for your sensitive transactions. While  there is a policy prohibiting misuse of the wifi by others to steal your information, policies do not impress criminals! It is best if you use your own data on your device to conduct sensitive transactions online inside the library.

Peoria Public Library offers a variety of streaming and downloadable music, movie and book services as well as research portals and other information.  All of these are provided by outside vendors, not Peoria Public Library. The library staff does their best to investigate the security measures of any such service before we purchase it for use by our patrons, but in an age of hackers, the theft of names, emails, phone numbers and more is constant.

Theft can also happen when personal property such as purses or backpacks are left unattended. Please keep your belongings with you at all times when in the library just as you would in any other public place. All locations do have security cameras and some have security guards to ensure our patrons can relax and enjoy all the library has to offer.

With reasonable precautions, your information is safe at Peoria Public Library.

Lakeview Branch Forms Kids Advisory Board

If your child is interested in the library and what is offered for tweens, ages 9 – 12, they are invited to join the Kids Advisory Board! The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be a discussion on when future meetings will be held and a chance to help start organizing some programs. Kids across the country help libraries plan the activities they want to attend at the library. It is a chance to learn how to work on a board and have a say in what happens at the library. Anyone who can’t make it to this meeting but would like to participate should call (309) 497-2200 and ask for Katy or email programming@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us

The Case of the Missing Females

By Amber Lowery

There is a significant amount of grumping and grousing among genealogists concerning the common case of lost females in their family history.

Historically, among Western culture, it is tradition that when a child is born, they are given their father’s surname, and if they are female, when they marry, she changes her last name to her spouse’s surname instead. While this is not a problem, per se, it does make tracking a woman through history a bit harder.

Consider this: when you read an obituary from the early 1900’s, the woman is often referred to as Mrs. (insert husband’s name). If you’re lucky, or her family was well-known, you might find a mention of her parents, but that’s not always the case. Further, the farther you go back, the less likely you are to find the names you are seeking. Add in the difficulties of migrating families and those that had common last names and it becomes a major headache and a road block in your research.

Then we have the rippling effect of the lost census of 1890. Want to goad a genealogist? Ask them about the 1890 census. Be prepared for a reaction. It’s not just the loss of the information the census held, but also the fact that between 1880 and 1900 is an ENTIRE generation. Children who were born around 1880-1882 may never appear with their families if they were married by the age of 18. DNA tests can be exceptionally helpful here if testers have a well-built tree with documentation.

But still, our trees will be waiting for the lost information of those who “disappeared” in the records under a different name.

Are you currently stuck on a family line with lost females? Come by the Peoria Public Library Main Library and peruse our stacks! It could be the information you seek is waiting for you here. Ask our staff if they have research ideas to help you go over your brick wall.

Hot New Titles Coming in May 2019

By Robin Helenthal

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is a modern-day romance with a twist. Esme Tran is a young Vietnamese woman who works as a maid in a hotel in Ho Chi Minh to support herself and her young daughter. Kahi Diep is a California-born, Vietnamese-American who is a genius with numbers but when he is diagnosed with autism and realizes that he processes emotions differently than most people, he decides that relationships are a wasted effort and it would be unfair to get married. Khai’s matchmaking mother disagrees and goes to Vietnam with the purpose to find him a wife. After a chance encounter with Esme, she invites her to come to America for the summer and meet Khai. Khai and Esme have an instant mutual attraction but there are many misunderstandings and their differences in class, culture and mistaken beliefs create barriers they have to overcome. As Khai learns to understand his heart and Esme pursues her goals and dreams, the relationship they develop is an example of how true love grows.

The Satapur Moonstone is the second whodunit by Sujata Massey featuring Bombay attorney Perveen Mistry. Set in the 1920s , Perveen is one of India’s only female lawyers and has been approached to handle a delicate situation in the state of Satapur on behalf of the Kolhapur Agency, a British civil service unit in need of a legal investigator. The state’s dowager maharani and her dauyghter-in-law are in a heated debate on where the current maharajah, 10-year-old Jiva Reo should be educated. Since marharanis avoid contact with men, the authorities feel that Perveen is the best person for the assignment. Perveen learns after accepting that the two previous rulers of Satapur, Reo’s father and older brother, died suddenly within the last two years, which leads her to fear that Reo also may be at risk. The palace is full of intrigue that turns to murder. Perveen’s mission goes beyond education to using her skill and intuition to keep the young prince and herself alive.

The Rosie Result is the final book in the Rosie Trilogy (The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect ) by Graeme Simsion. The Tillman family which consists of Don, Rosie and son Hudson have moved back to Australia where Rosie has been offered her dream job. Hudson is not happy about leaving New York and is having trouble fitting in at his new school. His teachers would like Don and Rosie to consider getting an autism assessment, but Hudson has own ideas. Don has decided to leave his job at the university and develop a cocktail bar. He is also working hard to learn how to be a good parent and letting Hudson make his way in the world and how to be a good partner with Rosie. Along the way, they overcome many troubles. The book is a fitting and successful end to the trilogy.

What's New in Large Print

By Teri Miller

Large print books are for anyone who enjoys the ease and convenience of reading larger type. Enjoy these bestsellers appearing on a Large Print Shelf at your favorite branch!

Neon Prey by John Sandford: Searching for a small-time criminal who skipped out on bail, U.S. Marshals find a jungle full of graves. Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a ruthless serial killer. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, McClure, North)

Tightrope by Amanda Quick: An ex-trapeze artist walks a tightrope between desire and danger as she is caught up in the mysterious circumstances surrounding the onstage death of an inventor in 1930s California. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, North)

The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr: A powerful story of a woman’s best intentions leading to the worst of situations, and how love helps her find an inner strength and fight for happiness she deserves. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, North)

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews: Out of a job and down on her luck, things aren’t getting any better for Drue Campbell when her estranged father shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. (Lakeview, North)

Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin by Robert Knott: After Appaloosa’s sheriff is laid to rest, a handful of men vie for the office. No sooner are their campaigns under way than gold is discovered just outside of town, brings a slew of new problems. (Lakeview, North)

Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller: Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, explores the complexities and heartbreak that families experience as men took up arms to preserve the nation and defend their way of life. (Lakeview, North)

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver: Escape or die trying, Colter Shaw helps solve crimes and find missing persons. When a college student goes missing in Silicon Valley, Shaw is thrust into the dark heart of Silicon Valley’s billion-dollar video gaming industry. (Main, Lakeview, McClure, North)

Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard: This novel is about a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: Mary Todd and his best friend, Joshua Speed. (Main, Lakeview, North)

The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans: the dramatic conclusion of Evans’ riveting Broken Road trilogy – a powerful redemption story about being given a second chance and finding happiness on a pilgrimage along iconic Route 66. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln, North)

Kanopy Free Videos Now Streaming

Kanopy is the Peoria Public Library’s new streaming video service and all patrons can watch eight videos per month from anywhere with their library card and PIN over the internet. Kanopy offers thousands of high quality movies, documentaries, Great Courses and movies for kids.

Start enjoying Kanopy through the library website at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org or by downloading the app to your device or using one of the many apps available for your television. Users are asked to enter their library card number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN you can request it by calling (309) 497-2000 or through the library catalog online.

Each library card holder may stream eight movies per month with a reset on the first of the next month. Once you start watching a movie, you may watch it as many times as you like in three days, allowing you to stop and start or watch a movie over several times. Kids who enjoy seeing their favorite movie several times will particularly enjoy this feature.

Kanopy allows users to build a watch list and to browse. When you see a movie you want to watch later, just add it to your watch list so you can find it easily later. Once you used your eight movies a month, your watch list will remind you of what you want to see next month. Kanopy has a counter, so you always know how many more movies you can watch.

To get started, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org and click on the banner ad or click on the link under the “Downloads” tab. Be sure to have your library card number and PIN handy so you can start right away. As a reminder, Peoria Public Library offers streaming or downloadable music, audiobooks, e-books and much more, all found under the Downloads tab.  For help using any of these services, ask at any information desk or call (309)497-2000 or use the form under “Contact Us” to ask a question.