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A Look Behind Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” Broadcast (Zoom)

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On the Eve of Halloween 1938, a young actor/director broadcast a radio drama based on a 40-year-old novel: The War of the Worlds. While the original broadcast had a relatively low audience, the impact it had, and continues to have, on American Culture is staggering. But how much of that impact was reality, and how much has been exaggerated over the years? Were there riots in the streets from panicked listeners, or did most of the audience simply enjoy a well-done piece of theatre? Did Orson Welles know he would frighten listeners, or was this an unintended accident? Attend this illustrated lecture, and learn the real story!


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(Zoom) From Black Women’s Suffrage to Black Lives Matter: A Living Legacy

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DPLA will host From Black Women’s Suffrage to Black Lives Matter: A Living Legacy This virtual event is the third in a series of programming presented in conjunction with the launch of the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection. It will examine the legacy of Black Women’s early activism and its connections to the present moment and will include presentations on voting stories and links to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Speakers will include:

  • Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, DPLA Data Fellow
  • Jennifer Lang, Senior Editor of Digital News And Product, WFAE
  • Ju-Don Marshall, Chief Content Officer, WFAE
  • Danté Nicole Miller, Community Editor for WFAE/Charlotte Mecklenburg Library/Digital Public Library of America via Report for America
  • Shaneé Yvette Murrain, DPLA Community Manager
  • Hannah Terrell, Branch Leader, Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Martha Yesowitch, Community Partnerships Leader, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Please register with Zion-Benton Public Library as the organization within the Zoom link request.

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Posted by john on

A riddle stroll will be set up outside on the south lawn of the Zion-Benton Public Library. Stop by anytime this week to puzzle through Halloween riddles and try to put it all together to discover the theme of this year’s Salem Riddle Stroll. If you participated, pick up a sweet prize in person on Saturday. Take a selfie at the Stroll anytime leading up to Saturday and tag ZB Teens on IG or ZB Kids on FB to get entered to win a special raffle. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and you must be wearing a mask the entire time.


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Voting Resources

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Lake County Clerk’s Office

Have general questions like how or where to vote and early voting?


Illinois State of Board Elections

The Illinois State of Board Elections website provides a wealth of information both on present and past elections.


Vote By Mail

Interested in voting by mail? Have questions on how to?


Can I Vote?

A nonpartisan website that helps eligible voters find out questions of how and where they can vote.



A nonprofit and nonpartisan political encyclopedia available online that covers American federal, state, and local politics, elections and public policy.



A site that monitors the “factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.”


Federal Voting Assistant Program

A site with information on how voting works for citizens of the U.S. who currently live abroad.


League of Women Voters of Illinois

A nonpartisan website that encourages both women and men to become active and informed citizens.

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Zion-Benton Public Library District Board of Trustees Opening

We will have 3 seats for the Board of Trustees open for the consolidated election on April 21, 2021. These seats are for a full six-year term ending in April 2027. The seven-person Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall operations of the library by approving budgets and setting policies. Time commitments include monthly board meetings and occasional committee meetings as well as generally advocating for the Library within the community.

Candidate packets may be picked up during normal business hours (Monday – Thursday, 10 AM – 4 PM) from now until December 21, 2020, excluding holidays and closings (10/12/2020, 11/3/2020, & 11/26/2020).

To be eligible, a candidate must be: a registered voter, have resided in the Library District for at least one year before filing their petition for nomination, not be delinquent in paying real estate taxes or have other indebtedness to the Library District, not have a conviction for any felony or infamous crime.

Candidate nomination petitions must include at least 50 signatures from registered voters who reside within the Library District and a receipt from the County Clerk indicating that a Statement of Economic Interests has been filed for this office. Petitions may be filed between Monday, December 14, 2020 at 10 AM and Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5 PM at the Library’s Administration Offices.

Election information can be found at the Lake County Clerk’s website at http://www.countyclerk.lakecountyil.gov. For more information, please contact Assistant Library Director, Mollie Brumbaugh at 847-872-4680, ext. 109.

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