Let’s Talk about Bullying: Bullying…what is it all about? Is it just all in good fun when it’s at the expense of another person’s feelings? All ages are invited to watch a movie and discuss ways we can make our world a better place. Join us Wednesday, 3/12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Mother Daughter Tea: Anne of Green Gables is getting a cover makeover! Share the story of Anne with your daughter by picking up a free copy at the youth services desk beginning March 1st. Then join us for a party with crafts, games and snacks on Thursday, March 27 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Click here to register.
B.A.M. Author Festival: Celebrate your love of books with author visits, Skype sessions and giveaways on Saturday, 4/5 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sign up to have lunch with Melanie Benjamin, dessert with Christa Desir or attend a writing workshop conducted by Joelle Charbonneau! Featured authors include Isla Bick, Liesl Shurtliff, Demitria Luneta, Libby Hellman, Elizabeth Blackwell, Shannon Stoker and Julie Halpern. Authors Beth Revis, Julie Berry, Debra Driza, Sarah Beth Durst and Trish Cook will visit via Skype. Meet local authors Sandy Dickson, Beverly Brooks, Ruth Hull Chatlien and Glenn Hager! Registration is required. All registrants will receive a free book, poster and bookmark. Visit zbbam.com for details, including a complete schedule of events and registration.
Celebrating the Earth: Join us and celebrate Earth Month with a special concert, sponsored by SWALCO. An environmental “ambassador” and talented musician, Jack Kaufmann has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years. All ages will enjoy this environmentally focused, award winning, music and multi-media event; emotionally captivating, educational, joyful and powerful. Bring your family, friends and neighbors on Wednesday, 4/9 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Click here to register.
Director to Retire: The Board of Trustees of the Zion-Benton Public Library announces that library director Nann Blaine Hilyard will retire on June 30, 2014. Click here to read more.
Dawn Abron Wins Award: The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Dawn Abron, teen associate at Zion-Benton Public Library, the 2014 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Click here to read more.
Tax Forms: Popular Federal, Illinois and Wisconsin forms and instruction booklets are available for free through April 2014. Reproducible forms are available to copy for 15¢ per page/side.
National Library Week: Celebrate National Library Week and see how libraries change lives. Check out an item between 4/13 and 4/19 to get a free magnet! While supplies last.
ZB Library Among the First to Earn “Edge Library” Designation: Select Public Libraries Complete Edge Initiative; National Launch Set for 2014. The Zion-Benton Public Library is one of a select group of Illinois public libraries to participate in the Edge Initiative soft launch. The Illinois State Library chose ZBPL for the pilot project. The Edge Initiative is designed to assess public library technology nationwide, to help local libraries benchmark benchmark their current technology services, and to provide assistance in improving and refining those services. Read more….
Do You Dewey? Tim and Tom have put together this display to make the library easier to use. Learn about the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Adult Non-fiction collection in four minutes. Visit their display in the Adult Services Department or check out the slides in our Facebook Album. Check out our Facebook page for information on a related contest – you could win a prize!
Something for Everyone
For Kids: From reading clubs to science programs, there is something sure to entertain and educate your youngster. Visit our ZB Kids Page for details on upcoming programs for preschoolers and students.
For Teens: You’ll have fun with cool programs just for ZB Teens in 5th through 12th grades. Discover new reads with the Hardcover Society (and Hardcover HIGH Society) and get free books. Celebrate Teen Tech Month with #makerbee projects. Visit our ZB Teens site for more exciting events!
For Adults: Join the Casual Crafters and have fun while you work on projects, take a computer class, test your knowledge with monthly trivia and research your family tree with free help. Visit our ZB Adults Page for programs, news and resources.
For Home School Families: Join other home school families at the monthly Home School Network meetings. Visit the Home School page for details.