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      May 2018
        Volume 27, No. 5

Sign Up for Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading!

Reading Takes You Everywhere: Summer Reading 2018 is right around the corner. Plan your summer by signing up in May at the library branch you use most often. Reporting your reading to earn your rewards begins June 3 and continues through July 21. Summer Reading is for all ages and families have a great time reading together and earning weekly prizes as well as the opportunity  to attend a fabulous party at Peoria Riverfront Museum.

This year’s theme is all about the mythical places books take us and the magical creatures we meet. Encounter fairies, griffons, mermaids, dragons, unicorns and the magical lands they live in at the library and in the books you read.

The U.S. Department of Education encourages daily reading by all students over the summer break to prevent “summer slide.” Having parents and other role models read sets the tone for students to not only do better when they return to school in the fall, but develops skills and habits that will help them succeed over their lifetime.

The U.S. Department of Education suggests parents offer incentives to young students to get them to read daily over the summer and says that one great encouragement is to let them choose the books they want to read.

Peoria Public Library helps families meet both these needs by offering Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading. Not only will every summer reader receive a prize each week when they report their reading, but by reading six of seven weeks will earn a pass to the Summer Reading Party on Tuesday, July 24. In addition, readers of all ages have access to an enormous collection of books and even downloadable books. Tools found on the website at “What to Read Next” or by asking library staff can help anyone find books that will interest them if browsing the shelves is not producing what you want.

All it takes to be a Summer Reader is to stop in at your favorite branch and sign your Summer Reading contract.  Then each week from June 3 through July 21, stop back and report that you read for three hours that week. You will get a prize and after six weeks will have earned your Summer Reading Party Pass. Going on vacation? Never fear, you can still claim your reading while out of town, just ask at the desk where you sign up.

The Summer Reading Party will be on Tuesday, July 24 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  See a Planetarium show and a movie on the Giant Screen Theater. Enjoy the entertainment and see the fascinating new “Mythic Creatures” exhibit – it is all included with your Party Pass. Then finish the night when Grand Prize winners are announced!

Come in and sign up during May and be ready for Reading Takes You Everywhere!

Check Out a Pass to Peoria Riverfront Museum with your Library Card

Thanks to sponsorship from the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Visionary Society, Peoria Public Library cardholders can now borrow a pass to the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

Each branch of Peoria Public Library has one pass which is available to be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis to patrons with a valid Peoria Public Library library card. The pass can be used on the day of checkout or the following day. The pass includes general admission to all exhibits, galleries, and daytime planetarium shows for two adults and their children or grandchildren. The pass covers admission to the galleries and planetarium. Additional charges for special exhibits or giant screen theater shows may apply. Children and grandchildren must be under age 18.

Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or over the phone. Passes must be checked out in person at the Information Desk at any of our locations. Please visit Peoria Public  Library to find out current pass availability. Library staff will be able to check if it is available and also check out the pass.

Please note that passes are non-transferable. Borrowing patrons will be asked for photo identification and their library card to gain admission to the museum.

Peoria Public Library Receives National Award for Opiates Awareness Work

The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced that Peoria Public Library is the winner of The Singer Group Helping Communities Come Together Award. This award recognizes a public library’s ability to identify community needs specifically in times of crisis and division, and respond in creative and exemplary ways. “The inaugural winner of this $1,000 award is the Peoria Public Library for its courageous and creative response to the opioid crisis,” said the American Library Association. The award letter went on to say, “On behalf of the award juries, PLA President 2017-2018 Pam Sandlian Smith, and the PLA Board of Directors, congratulations again and thank you for sharing your important work with PLA and its members.”

Criteria for the award was a public library’s ability to identify community needs specifically in times of crisis and division, and respond in creative and exemplary ways. Challenges may be community specific, or the result of national events that strain communities.

Peoria Public Library was invited by Mayor Jim Ardis in 2016 to assist in combating a new epidemic of opiate abuse. Steps included encouraging Peorians to read the book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic and coordinate a visit by author Sam Quinones. Subsequently, the library worked with Peoria Notre Dame High School and presented a set of the books and arranged a visit with Dr. Mike Cruz, President of OSF St. Francis Medical Center and an emergency room physician, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and State Attorney Jerry Brady for two discussions with students about the epidemic.

After receiving funding from Illinois Humanities, Peoria Public Library presented a series of four community discussions in November and December 2016 on the heroin and opiate epidemic, which resulted in an article in InterBusiness Issues Magazine by Mike Kennedy of the Human Service Center in February 2017. At the same time the Bradley University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute held a six-week study program on Peoria’s Opiate Crisis.

Working with a local nurse educator, the library trained 25 library staff members to recognize overdose and administer Narcan. Pekin and Chillicothe Libraries learned of the efforts and offered various trainings to staff and public sessions. Later Peoria Public Library staff shared information with libraries across the state at the Illinois Library Association Conference.

By creating a web page, the Peoria Public Library was able to collect a variety of highly useful information for the public and make it available to anyone with internet access. Then, Roberta Koscielski, Deputy Director had the opportunity to provide information to the Illinois Governor’s Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force, led by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, as the State of Illinos Opiod Action Plan was being formed.

New Libby App Replaces Overdrive For Alliance Digital Media Library

There is a great new app to download to phones and tablets for use with books borrowed from Peoria Public Library through the Alliance Digital Media/Overdrive Collection. Libby is designed to be easy and quick and from your first sign in you will be reading or listening with just a few taps.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or Microsoft for your Windows 10 computer. Then Libby quickly guides you through finding your library and entering your library card. You are then able to download your item or stream it to save room on your device. All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single “shelf.” You can also use the Activity tab to keep track of your reading activity.  If you would rather read on your Kindle, Libby can send your library book there for you.

If you read on multiple devices, Libby will keep track of your bookmarks, notes and positions on all of them for seamless reading and listening. Once you get set up, you will be reading quickly and easily with one tap, wherever you are and whatever device you are using.

If you are traveling, use Libby from wherever you are.  If you happen to reside somewhere else for part of the year and have a card from another library, you can enter both your Peoria Public Library card and your vacation or business home location library in the same app on your devices. No need to switch when you reside away from Peoria.

If you need help installing or using Libby, ask at the Information Desk at any location. Read with one tap with Libby!

Chinese Language Collection Added at North Branch

Thank you to the Peoria Chinese Association for their donation of 121 new Chinese language items that have been added to the North Branch collection and are now available for checkout. The collection of all Chinese text items include Juvenile, young adult and adult fiction and non-fiction; traditional Chinese folktales and China’s history as well as modern works on psychology and science. All books are exclusively in Chinese with no English. Patrons can find them in our online database by searching for general keywords or subject “Chinese language materials.”

Those with an interest in learning Chinese will find lessons in both Cantonese and Mandarin in the Mango Language program under the Research tab at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

I Do Genealogy: Finding the Bride's Family

By Amber Lowery

Having sisters who are wedding photographers means I find myself thinking about marriages quite often. It’s also in my nature, as a genealogist, to think about marriages, current and historical. I imagine my ancestors married for a number of reasons; arranged, wealth, desperation, social status, and love. One marriage was actually a case of revenge and spite! But that is a story for another time.

When doing family research, seeking out marriage records is key for getting that one next step back in our history. Historically, brides have changed their last name upon getting married. Sometimes the journey to discover who her parents were is fraught with misinformation, misunderstanding, and misidentification. We can look to obituaries sometimes for clues to a name, but the further we go back, the less likely they are to report a woman’s history, unless her parents were well-known or connected to society. So we have to look to the marriage records to see what information we can extract on the women in these documents.

Some states and counties provide a wealth of family information for researchers, including the maiden names of the mothers of the parties who married. Others only required a name and that person’s word that they were who they claimed to be. Then there are the cases where records have been lost or destroyed over the years due to one natural disaster or another.

Now, if you have some known German ancestors, you may be in luck. Using Ancestry Library Edition at the Peoria Public Library, you might find ancestors who you can trace through the German birth and marriage records available. Irish baptismal records found in Ancestry Library Edition can also help you trace your elusive female ancestors. That is not to say that if you have families that came from other countries that you will not be able to find records. Tomorrow may be the day you discover Canadian, Slovakian, Hungarian, English, Swedish, Mexican, or a number of other records that will take you further back in your research.

Remember next time you attend a family wedding, to ask the relatives you rarely see for what they know about the marriages in your own family. A new hint and library resources can take you far!

Hot New Titles Coming in May 2018

By Robin Helenthal

Love and Ruin: A Novel is the latest historical fiction story by author Paula McLain. Martha Gellhorn, is a determined young woman looking for adventure when she travels to Madrid as a journalist in 1937 to cover the Spanish Civil War. As she is proving herself to be a worthy member of the press, she meets and falls in love with the author Ernest Hemingway. As World War II is about to begin, both their careers take off, Hemingway publishes his book, For Whom the Bell Tolls and Gellhorn is becoming known as a great war correspondent. Gellhorn has a tough decision to make. Will she give up her career to become a famous man’s wife or will she take the chance of losing Hemingway as she continues to move forward as writer herself and break both of their hearts?

The Favorite Sister is a new thriller by Jessica Knoll. Five women agree to appear on the reality series, Goal Diggers, two of the women are sisters and only one will make it out alive. Brett is the fan favorite, she is 27, tattooed, owns her own spin studio and just got engaged to her girlfriend. Her older sister Kelly is her business partner and the most recent recruit for the show and has been described as a hanger-on. Stephanie is the first black cast member and also the oldest of the five women. She is a well known author of bestselling erotic novels whose is married to an out of work actor-husband with a roving eye. She and Brett used to be best friends but a rift has developed and that is the focus of the show this season. The show ends with a murder, but who did it and why?

How to Walk Away: A Novel by Katherine Center begins with Margaret Jacobsen starting her future with a new dream job, a fiancé and what looks to be a picture perfect life. Then in an instant it all comes crashing down. She is now in the hospital, with a guilty fiancé who expects to be forgiven, a sister Kit who shows up after being away for three years and a tough-as-nails physical therapist named Ian, who will not let her wallow in pity. Will Margaret be able to find joy and happiness in the least likely place she ever thought she would find herself?

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