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Tolono Public Library News for May 22-28, 2020

Curbside Pick Up at the Tolono Public Library District begins Monday, June 1, 2020.  Pick up times will be 3p-7p Monday through Friday and 1p-3p on Weekends.  Patrons can order online or call us to place orders.  We will fill the orders and call patrons to set up a pick-up time.  We will check materials out to patrons when scheduling a pick-up time, so please have your library card on hand.  Patrons will park in front of the library and will display their name on a piece of paper posted on their passenger side window.  When staff see their name, staff will place that patron’s materials on a table outside the front doors of the library.  After the staff goes back to the building, patrons can exit their vehicles and get their materials. Place holds for books on our website or call us to have us place holds for you.  Call us with questions during our regular business hours.

Our building remains closed to patrons at this time.  The book drop at the library is open Monday through Friday from 11 am-6 pm.

Summer Reading Program

 All Summer Reading Program Registrations will be handled virtually this year.  Please Email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary to sign up or ask questions.  When signing up you will need to include participant’s name, age, phone number, email, address, and reading program (Children’s, Teen’s or Adult’s) they will be signing up for.  Sign up begins Saturday, June 6.  To participate and obtain your BINGO sheet, email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org

Summer Reading Program:  The Summer Reading Program will kick-off with the Libraries’ first “Facebook Live” event on June 6 from 1-1:45 pm.  Everyone will be able to participate from the comfort of your homes.   This show will make your hair stand up!  You will experience items that disappear and see the power of a Vande Graaff Generator.  This show wouldn’t be complete without foam!  The library is partnering with Absolute Science for this fun program.

We are including all age groups in our Summer Reading Program this year.  Children ages 0-12, Teens from 13-17, and Adults ages 18+ can all sign up and participate.  We have separate prize incentives for each age group.  Children will get local food coupons for completing the first two BINGO’s.  Complete everything on your bingo sheet and you will be able to enter into the grand-prize drawing! The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag, and 4 awesome science kits.

Teens will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adults will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Exploring Archaeology:  June 11, 2020 R 10 am  

Join us in exploring the wonderous field of archaeology.  Pat Cain, Museum Educator, from the Museum of the Grand Prairie will provide many hands-on activities related to archaeology and the fascinating study of the past.  Recommended ages 5-13.

Digging Deeper with Stories: June 14, 2020 from 1-2:30 pm   

Join Kim Shehan from Urbana’s Spurlock Museum for an online ZOOM concert that connects Folktales with Japanese Artifacts from the museum’s teaching collection.  Email the Library at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get information on connecting to the program and for cool Japanese crafts to do at home.  All ages are welcome to attend this event.

Diggin’ Up the Past; 

Let’s learn and about the similarities and the differences between school in a one-room schoolhouse years ago and school as we know it today.  Join us, June 18 at 10 am for this virtual program on Facebook and get ready for the class as we do some fun activities together!  Recommended ages: 5-13.

 Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020, at 10 am  

The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open-ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

Resource-of-the-Month

Cypress Resume:  Resumes made easy!  This resource is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes using three quick and simple steps.  You can build cover letters and reference pages.  This site allows you to create a profile and keep copies of documents for future reference.

 

Tolono Public Library News for May 22-28, 2020

Please have patience with us as we move into “the new phase.”  We have a multi-step plan and we are working hard to do what is best for our patrons, staff, and volunteers.  We’ve opened the book drop at our building.  Our remote book drops remain closed for the time being.  Once you drop off your books, we must quarantine them for 7 days.  After that time, we are able to process books.  The books you returned may stay on your account during their quarantine time.   Don’t worry, you will not be charged late fees.  We are extending a generous grace period for late fines.  You can find updates about our reopening on our website: tolonolibrary.org and we are also on Facebook.  We hope to be able to see you soon!

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program:  The Summer Reading Program will kick-off with the Libraries’ first “Facebook Live” event on June 6 from 1-1:45 pm.  Everyone will be able to participate from the comfort of your homes.   This show will make your hair stand up!  You will experience items that disappear and see the power of a Vande Graaff Generator.  This show wouldn’t be complete without foam!  The library is partnering with Absolute Science for this fun program.

We are including all age groups in our Summer Reading Program this year.  Children ages 0-12, Teens from 13-17, and Adults ages 18+ can all sign up and participate.  We have separate prize incentives for each age group.  Children will get local food coupons for completing the first two BINGO’s.  Complete everything on your bingo sheet and you will be able to enter into the grand-prize drawing! The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag, and 4 awesome science kits.

Teens will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adults will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Sign up begins Saturday June 6.  To participate and obtain your BINGO sheet, email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org

Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Exploring Archaeology:  June 11, 2020 at 10 am   Join us in exploring the wonderous field of archaeology.  Pat Cain, Museum Educator, from the Museum of the Grand Prairie will provide many hands-on activities related to archaeology and the fascinating study of the past.  Recommended ages 5-13.

Digging Deeper with Stories: June 14, 2020 from 1-2:30 pm   Join Kim Shehan from Urbana’s Spurlock Museum for an online ZOOM concert that connects Folktales with Japanese Artifacts from the museum’s teaching collection.  Email the Library at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get information on connecting to the program and for cool Japanese crafts to do at home.  All ages are welcome to attend this event.

Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020 at 10 am   The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

 

Resource-of-the-Month

Cypress Resume:  Resumes made easy!  This resource is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes using three quick and simple steps.  You can build cover letters and reference pages.  This site allows you to create a profile and keep copies of documents for future reference.

 

Tolono Public Library News for May 15-22, 2020

Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and volunteers.  Director, Janet, and our board members are in daily communications to determine the best course of action that will benefit everyone.

We’d like to remind everyone to please hold on to the books you currently have checked out.  Our drop boxes remain closed.  Yours currently checked out materials have been auto-renewed and in addition to no late fines for these materials, we will be offering a grace period for getting materials back to us when we do reopen.

Stay Connected:  Call us:  217-485-5558  Monday-Friday, 10 a-6p.  We are here to answer your questions and help you!

Email us:
Janet-     jcler@tolonolibrary.org
Bree-      bmiller@tolonolibrary.org
Dianne-  dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org
Emily-     programs@tolonolibrary.org

Website:       tolonolibrary.org
Facebook:     Tolono Public Library District

Reopening Plans:  We’ve been working very hard on our reopening plans.  We’ve developed a Multi-Phase Reopening Plan that we will put into place as soon as we get the approval from government and health department officials.  Our number one concern is to reopen with patron and staff health and safety as our top priority.  We will be complying with state and local guidelines and you will notice many changes.  Check our Website and Facebook for updates.

Upcoming Event:

Summer Reading Program 2020

The Tolono Public Library District will begin our Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 6, 2020.  Join us for this year’s Annual Summer Reading Kickoff! This year, the event will be hosted virtually on Facebook Live so you can watch from home!

Absolute Science brings you “Fantastic Foam and More!” This show will make your hair stand up! You will experience items disappearing in clear liquids with refraction oil and see the power of a Van de Graaff generator, but no show is complete without foam!  The show will be a Tolono Library Facebook Live Event, running from 1-1:45 pm.

Be sure to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!  The program starts June 6, 2020, and ends July 18.  For the first time, we will be having Summer Reading Programs for all ages!  Children 0-12, Teens 13-17, and Adults 18+  Registration begins Saturday, June 6.

Once you sign up, you will be given a Summer Reading BINGO sheet.  Each age group will have their own BINGO sheet and prizes will be awarded in each age group. Children will be competing for the Grand Prize drawing of a Two-man Coleman Easy-up Tent, youth sleeping bag a fun camping chair, and 4 awesome science kits.  Teens will be competing for their Grand Prize Drawing of a $50.00 Industrial Donut Gift Card and Adults will compete for their Grand Prize Drawing of a $150.00 Gift Card Assortment from Body n Sole Sports, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza. Summer Reading Program ends July 18.  We hope you will join us!

Resource-of-the-Month

Please go to our website and check out all of the resources you have access to by using your library card barcode and your PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number)

We’d like to call particular attention to Cypress Resume as a resource that can be very helpful to our patrons during this time.  Cypress Resume is available free on the patron computers at the library and at home through the library website. If creating or updating a resume sounds like a lot of work, Cypress Resume is for you!  Cypress Resume has an easy 3 step process for completing a resume in minutes.  Simply enter your current information, select the title of the job you desire, and highlight your talents and skills.  You can choose from 20,000 statements for minimal writing.  This site allows you to quickly create cover letters and reference pages as well.  You can download, edit, publish, save, and update your resume easily.

May 8, 2020:  Tolono Public Library News for May 8-15, 2020

Having been closed since the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order was enacted back in March has made us realize a few things that we took for granted.  We sure do miss you!  We miss seeing children at storytime. We miss parents and children looking for and checking out books together.  We miss hearing parents and grandparents reading stories to their littles.  We miss seeing you run in for a book or magazine during your lunch break.  We miss our regulars as well as those who come in for a new card who we get to meet for the first time.  We miss seeing you come in for a program.  We miss those of you who need a copy, fax, or notary service.  We miss your calls to help put books on hold or to just say hello.  We value each and every one of you and We Miss You!

During this time of shut-down, we’d like to remind everyone to please hold on to the books you currently have checked out.  Our drop boxes remain closed.  Your currently checked out materials have been auto-renewed and in addition to no late fines for these materials, we will be offering a grace period for getting materials back to us when we do reopen.

Working from Home:  We are here for you!  We’ve been working from home on all sorts of things since the shut-down.  Janet attends virtual meetings, webinars and collaborates with libraries in Illinois Heartland and the State of Illinois to keep updated on the latest news, policies, and procedures concerning Covid-19 and our library.  She is also working daily with members of our library board.  Bree keeps our Social Media current and adds daily posts to our Facebook page.  She has purchased new virtual books to add to our circulation, and she is available to answer and help you with all your technology needs.  Dianne answers the library phone from 10a-6p, M-F.  She answers questions, takes messages, and redirects your calls when needed.  She is also working on updating patron records, makes new patron accounts for virtual resource use, and works on newsletters.  Emily makes several different types of videos, including Story Time, easy crafts, and tips, and topics for adults. She is working diligently to make our Summer Reading Program an event you will not want to miss! Our clerks are working on behind the scenes activities and are attending virtual training.

Stay Connected:  Call us:  217-485-5558  Monday-Friday, 10 a-6p.
We are here to answer your questions and help you!

Email us:
Janet-     jcler@tolonolibrary.org
Bree-      bmiller@tolonolibrary.org
Dianne-  dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org
Emily-     programs@tolonolibrary.org
Website:       tolonolibrary.org
Facebook:     Tolono Public Library District

Reopening Plans:  We’ve been working very hard on our reopening plans.  We’ve developed a Multi-Phase Reopening Plan that we will put into place as soon as we get the approval from government and health department officials.  Our number one concern is to reopen with patron and staff health and safety as our top priority.  We will be complying with state and local guidelines and you will notice many changes.  Check our Website and Facebook for updates.

Upcoming Event:   Summer Reading Program!  Be sure to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!  The program starts June 6, 2020, and ends July 18.  For the first time, we will be having Summer Reading Programs for all ages!  Children 0-12, Teens 13-17 and Adults 18+  Call beginning June 6 to register.  The Summer Reading Program Kick-off Event will be a Facebook Live Event on June 6 from 1-1:45 pm.  Join the Tolono Public Library and Absolute Science for “Fantastic Foam and More!”

Resource-of-the-Month
We are highlighting all of our Virtual Resources while we are out of the building.  Please go to our website and check out all of the resources you have access to by using your library card barcode and your PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number)

We’d like to call particular attention to Cypress Resume as a resource that can be very helpful to our patrons during this time.  Cypress Resume is available free on the patron computers at the library and at home through the library website. If creating or updating a resume sounds like a lot of work, Cypress Resume is for you!  Cypress Resume has an easy 3 step process for completing a resume in minutes.  Simply enter your current information, select the title of the job you desire, and highlight your talents and skills.  You can choose from 20,000 statements for minimal writing.  This site allows you to quickly create cover letters and reference pages as well.  You can download, edit, publish, save, and update your resume easily.

April 24, 2020: Tolono Public Library Staff working for you!

  • You can count on us to help you during this time of closures and stay-at-home orders. Staff members are working from home and are regularly collaborating to improve and enhance the services we are providing for our patrons.
  • tolonolibrary.org is where you’ll find virtual resources and digital content such as ebooks, magazines, audiobooks,  databases for all ages, and more!
  • Library Director, Janet attends virtual meetings and webinars and continues to work on procedures to move forward toward re-opening.
  • Librarian, Bree is available daily to answer your technology (devices, data and resources) questions. Like us on Facebook!  Bree updates our social media posts daily.
  • Program Coordinator, Emily has several virtual programs including Storytime and  At Home Adventures. She is also working on the Summer Reading Program, details forthcoming.
  • Assistant Librarian, Dianne can help you with your circulation/card questions and problems.  She will answer questions and re-direct calls when you call us at (217) 485-5558 from 10 am – 6pm, M-F.
  • Our Library Clerks are working to ensure our web links are accurate and completing other behind the scenes tasks.

April 17, 2020:  We are here for you!

  • The theme for National Library Week 2020, “Find your place at the library”, was chosen some time ago, before any of us could imagine a global pandemic that would temporarily close our physical space.
  • But you can still find your place at the library because we are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content our community needs more than ever.  You can access ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, virtual storytimes, and activities, and so much more… all from the comfort of your home.
  • Be sure and check out our Stay connected with our staff located on the front page of our website.  Here will you find information from our staff regarding a variety of topics including some instructional videos for our databases!
  • Just as a reminder, don’t worry about your books being overdue.  We have changed all due dates and there will be no fines.  We miss seeing our patrons and look forward to when we can open our door!

April 10, 2020:  The Tolono Public Library remains closed…

  • If you have any problems with your account or if you have questions about any of our online Electronic Resources, give us a call at (217) 485-5558, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • You can also reach us via email jcler@tolonolibrary.org, bmiller@tolonolibrary.org or dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org.
  • Continue to watch our website for the latest information and be sure and follow us on Facebook!
  • All traditional, in-person Library programs scheduled for April and May are canceled.
  • All Meeting reservations are canceled through May 31st.

April 1, 2020:  The Tolono Public Library remains closed…

  • One of the hardest decisions to make is to close the Library, but when it comes to the health and well-being of customers and staff, it’s the right decision to make.
  • Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced he will be signing an executive order extending the stay-at-home order through the end of April. In compliance with this executive order, the Library will remain closed.
  • While the Library is closed, we are still here for you.  Rest assured our staff is working hard to make sure that we can continue to meet your needs virtually, even though our building is not open.  We are dedicated to serving you as much as we are able during this uncertain time.
  • Please do not return library materials during this closure – due dates have been extended and fines will not accrue.  Library staff will continue to be available by email.  We are also taking calls between the hours of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Library programs have been canceled until further notice.  Please check our website News and our Facebook page for updated information.
  • We look forward to seeing you at the library soon.  Stay Healthy!

March 23, 2020:  The Tolono Public Library remains closed indefinitely during this time of social distancing to help curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Our Drop Boxes are also closed at this time. Please do not use the Drop Boxes. Please keep all your materials until we re-open our doors. You will not be charged fines during this time. We are also not accepting donations at this time. Please hold on to donations until we re-open our doors.

The day staff have set up home office spaces, and we continue to work from home at this time to provide you with information and services. You may contact us through email:

  • Director: Janet, jcler@tolonolibrary.org
  • Librarian: Breana, bmiller@tolonolibrary.org
  • Program Coordinator: Emily, programs@tolonolibrary.org
  • Assistant Librarian: Dianne, dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org

Like us on Facebook! We are making regular posts. Stay updated with us!

The Tolono Public Library has Virtual Resources that are easy to use. With Bookletters, you can sign up for e-news that interests you most from reading recommendations to programs and events. You can download books, audiobooks and magazines using the Digital Library of Illinois, Cloud Library and/or rb digital.

Research travel, food, and world maps and destinations with AtoZ the USA, AtoZ World Food and Global Road Warrior. Update your resume with Cypress Resume. Mango Languages is an interactive site with over 70 different language courses. There are two sites especially for children: World Book Early World of Learning and World Book Kids. EBSCO Host lets you research journals and newspapers for specific topics. Research your genealogy with MyHeritage. The World Book Encyclopedia is also online. There are several versions, including World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book in Spanish, World Book Time Lines, and World Book Discover. We encourage you to look at all the sites!

To access each individual virtual resource, you will need your login: your entire barcode number on the back of your library card, and your PIN: the last 4 digits of your phone number. If you have problems, you can email Janet, Breana, or Dianne, and we can check your account and help you.

Temporary Cards for virtual resources are available. If you reside in the Tolono Public Library District and do not currently have a card, we will set you up with a temporary card to use while we are closed. You will be able to use all of our virtual resources with this card. E-mail Janet or Dianne with your request for a temporary card. We will e-mail you with instructions on how to contact us so we can set up a temporary card for you. Once the library is open, all you have to do to make your temporary card a permanent card is to visit us in person during regular hours and verify your information. Anyone 5+ yrs. old can sign up for a temporary card if they live within the boundaries of the Tolono Public Library District.