Special Programs

Events marked with an * require advance registration. Please call us at 274-2719. Thanks!

 

The Soul of a Soldier

Thursday, April 12 @ 6:30 pm

Concerts in the Stacks presents Mike Cheesman’s World War I commemoration. With his gentle performance of songs and powerful storytelling, Cheesman gives a glimpse of the patriotism that drove so many on the battlefields; the sacrifice of soldiers and their loved ones; and the heroism of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Free. Refreshments served.


Remember When…

Tuesday, April 17 @ 1 pm 

Hosted in the community room at Evergreen Senior Living.

Remember when... roller skates had keys, gas and bacon were rationed, and cell phones hadn’t been invented? Take a stroll down memory lane with us each month and reminisce as we enjoy coffee and conversation. Occasionally, we’ll be joined by grade school students eager to hear stories and ask questions. This month, we’ll share recollections of “Springtime.”


Sensory Friendly Film

Wednesday, April 25 @ 3 pm 

Enjoy a family movie showing! The room will be lighter, the volume lower, and audience members are welcome to move around, talk, and sing. The intended audience is children with special needs accompanied by siblings and caregivers, although everyone is welcome. Attendees may bring snacks from home, according to any special dietary needs. Feel free to bring fidgets, too. Several pairs of noise canceling ear muffs will be available.


Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 26

Carry a poem around and share it with the people you meet! In honor of 4/26, we’ll take $4.26 off your library fines when you read a poem to a library staff member. You’ll also get a special PiYPD badge. (If you don’t have fines, you can still read your poem and get a badge!)


Poetry and the Public Realm

Thursday, April 26 @ 6:30 pm

Kevin Stein, our state’s poet laureate from 2003-2017, will discuss the many roles of the position, present poems composed by Illinois youth writers, and recite selections from his own work.


*Chomp on a Cricket

Saturday, April 28 @ 1 pm

People all over the world enjoy eating insects as a tasty and nutritious part of their diet. Join students from the University of Illinois Department of Entomology as we learn the benefits of eating bugs and sample some tempting treats. Age 10 – adult. Register by April 21.


*Year of Beer: Craft Beer in Illinois

Tuesday, May 1 @ 6 pm

Tour the history and growth of craft beer in Illinois with Matt Rixner of Fox Pub & Café, including the Chicago area, Central and Southern Illinois, and the Peoria area. Matt will also provide a rundown of beer festivals in Illinois and tips on getting involved with craft beer locally and throughout the state. Samples will provide compelling reasons to support local breweries. Ages 21 & up. Please register by April 30.


Opioid Overdose Education and Prevention

Thursday, May 3 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm

There are 175 overdose deaths daily. It’s time to take action: join us in a discussion of the growing opioid epidemic, and receive free Naloxone training designed to prevent prescription drug and opioid-related deaths. This training is useful for treatment providers, law enforcement and EMS, educators, social workers, families, and individuals prescribed or who illicitly use opioids. Sponsored by Human Service Center and Jolt Foundation.



Semi-Annual Book Sale

Thur., May 10 @ 9 am – 7 pm
Fri., May 11 @ 9 am – 5 pm
Sat., May 12 @ 9 am – 3 pm
Books, magazines, media, & more! Saturday is our $4 bay day.
Want to volunteer? Call Lisa for information: 309-274-2719.


Remember When…

Tuesday, May 15 @ 1 pm 

Hosted in the community room at Evergreen Senior Living.

Remember when... roller skates had keys, gas and bacon were rationed, and cell phones hadn’t been invented? Take a stroll down memory lane with us each month and reminisce as we enjoy coffee and conversation. Occasionally, we’ll be joined by grade school students eager to hear stories and ask questions. This month, we’ll share recollections of “Food & Cooking.”


*AARP Smart Driver Course

May 16 & 17 @ 9 am – 1 pm 

Learn proven safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. After taking the course, you may even be eligible for a discount on your car insurance! (Participants should consult their auto insurance agent for details). The course takes place over two sessions, so participants should plan on attending both dates. Cost is $15 for AARP Members and $20 for non-members, payable at the first class. Space is limited; register now by calling 309-274-2719.


Concert in the Stacks: Hadley Kennary

Sun., May 20 @ 2:30 pm
Concerts in the Stacks series presents Hadley Kennary, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, whose folk/pop music is a blend of heartfelt, clever lyrics and infectious melodies. Free, with donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments served.


Classic Movie: Ace in the Hole

Sat., May 26 @ 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Explore timely themes of journalistic integrity and the place of ethics in news coverage in this 1951 film about a reporter who stumbles onto a story that becomes a media sensation. Steve Warner (Bradley University) will introduce the screening and lead a discussion afterwards. Free popcorn served; you’re invited to bring your own bowl.

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