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Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, as well as examine current and future space exploration, in a new exhibit, “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond.” The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 17 through May 31, 2019.

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 Andrew Cougill

Every family has its stories, some are shared openly, some are not. Using free internet sources, learn to find and read the records of your ancestors’ lives, following them as they followed their dreams. See how your ancestors fit into the American experience, whether they were new immigrants, westward pioneers, or old settled colonists. This is an easy entry into the world of genealogy for the interested beginner.

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2/18/20194:00pm to 6:00pmMarita Metzke

Join HOPE of East Central Illinois for our 16th Annual Soup Supper and Dessert Auction. Live entertainment will be provided by the Moondogs. $15 ticket gets you soup and a handcrafted bowl or purchase a $5 ticket for soup only. You can purchase tickets at First Neighbor Bank, First Federal Savings & Loan or at the Lincoln Branch of First Mid Bank & Trust. 

All funds raised will assist area survivors of domestic violence. 

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2/19/20195:00pm to 7:00pmKelly Hardy

This program is held in conjunction with Booth Library's spring exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond." For more information on the exhibit and programming series, visit, and find Booth Library on Facebook and Twitter.

Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., “Baby Steps to the Moon,” presented by Steve Daniels, chair, Department of Physics, Witters Conference Room 4440, Booth Library.


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2/21/20193:30pm to 4:30pmAndrew Cougill

What is a patient advocate and when would I need one? Advocates can be found everywhere and are able to assist patients and families with various resources.  Join us in identifying different types of advocates in the Coles County area, learn how to access them, and discuss the barriers and challenges to this role.

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2/22/20191:00pm to 2:00pmMarita Metzke

What is a patient advocate and when would I need one?  Advocates assist patients and families with various resources needed for health care.  Join us in identifying different types of advocates in the Coles County area, learn how to access them, and discuss the barriers and challenges to serving in this role. 

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2/22/20191:00pm to 2:00pmMarita Metzke

In 1963, Dr. Wesley (Wes) Whiteside began transforming 5 acres of former farmland into a diverse botanical garden that has become a true treasure for east-central Illinois.  After he retired in 1987, Wes continued to nurture and develop his garden, drawing many visitors to view his collections, which are unmatched in the region. We love Whiteside Garden in part because it was one of our own that started this amazing community garden! It is a volunteer driven labor of love! Come and lend a hand to help mulching, weeding, trimming, and more. Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants. 

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2/23/20191:00pm to 3:00pmMarita Metzke

Depression is a character flaw and people should just “snap out of it”.  Have you ever heard this comment?  Is this fact or fiction?  Join this session to learn about the popular myths of mental illness, how they are perpetuated in society and what can be done to help fight the stigma of mental illness.

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2/28/201910:00am to 11:30amMarita Metzke


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3/1/20198:00am to 12:00pmChelsea

Join SACIS for a friendly battle of wits!
How does this work?
The fee is $10 per person. Teams must consist of 6-8 players. Questions will be geared for high school age and up.

Do you feel lucky?
There will be a $100 cash prize for the winning teams and we will also have a 50/50 drawing at the end of the night!

Doors & Cash Bar open at 6:30 pm! 

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3/1/20196:30pm to 9:00pmSACIS Main Office

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

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3/6/201912:00pm to 1:30pmMarita Metzke

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3/7/20197:30am to 9:00amJessica Killough

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3/14/20195:00pm to 7:00pmJessica Killough

"Unique." "Dazzling." "Impressive." Those are the words visitors often use to describe The Vault Art Gallery in downtown Tuscola.  Join us to tour the gallery, learn about the artists and the unique ownership structure.  A new gardening section is underway and we will learn about the purpose and progress.  

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3/16/20191:00pm to 3:00pmMarita Metzke

If you are like many others, you want to age at home longer.  A panel of Sarah Bush Lincoln employees will discuss the following topics to help us consider the possibilities for help in doing just this.  1. Improving activities of daily living (ADLs)
2. Functional Independence to stay at home
3. Palliative Care
      • What is it?  
      • Qualifying factors
      • Services available
4. Oxygen
      •  Features and Benefits
      •  Safety in the Home
      • Feature and Benefits
6. Wheelchairs/Hospital Beds         
      •  Options

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3/20/201912:00pm to 1:30pmMarita Metzke

Biodiversity is decreasing globally and becoming an international political issue. The variety and variability of life on the planet is important to the security of natural resources including soil, water, animals, and plants, as well as to food production and overall human health. This presentation will focus on biodiversity in the context of our local suburban/agricultural landscape, where we currently stand, the direction we're heading, and some ways local residents can improve biodiversity in their landscapes.

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3/21/201910:00am to 11:30amMarita Metzke

Looking forward to a fresh salad for springtime lunches or a dinner side dish?   We will prepare planting bowls, select seeds, and start our regrowing salad garden for the patio.  We will also learn some of the nutritional benefits of eating mixed greens like baby spinach, kale, arugula, and butter lettuce.  All supplies included in fee.  Bring your own garden gloves.

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3/26/20191:00pm to 2:00pmMarita Metzke

This program is held in conjunction with Booth Library's spring exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond." For more information on the exhibit and programming series, visit, and find Booth Library on Facebook and Twitter.

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3/27/20192:00pm to 3:00pmAndrew Cougill

Ever thought it would be worthwhile to take a dog to a nursing home, or care facility to visit residents? The Alliance of Therapy dogs registers you and your dog, after testing, to provide you with the tools to handle these visits with joy. Their goal is to form a network of caring individuals and their dogs who are willing to share happiness with others.  You'll meet Jo Tucker and her dog to learn about this work.

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3/29/20191:00pm to 2:00pmMarita Metzke

Book burnings…physical attacks upon immigrants…vandalism of immigrant-owned property…proliferation of irrational fear and hatred.  We might tend to associate such occurrences with dictatorships, but 100 years ago incidents such as these took place right here in Illinois.  The United States was involved in the “Great War,” and some Illinoisans considered anything German to be evil – including their fellow Illinois residents of German descent.  Although German immigrants and first-generation German Americans had been present throughout Illinois for decades and formed a large proportion of the state’s population, mob hysteria and violence against them escalated in Illinois during the World War I years.  A man was lynched in Collinsville, and what was his crime? He was a German immigrant.  Historical actor Barbara Kay will portray her great-grandmother, Margaret May, a resident of southern Illinois who saw and felt anti-German hysteria a century ago.  She will illustrate her presentation with photographs, newspaper headlines, and editorial cartoons of the time.  Through her first-person, costumed portrayal, she will bring the struggles of World War I-era German Illinoisans to life and will engage audiences with questions and discussion.

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4/5/20193:30pm to 5:00pmMarita Metzke

Did your parents or grandparents ever tell you “If you don’t stop that you are going to send me to the poor farm”.  Ashmore Estates, originally know as the Coles County Poor Farm, is that place.  Located just West of Ashmore, IL this location has one of the most heartbreaking histories ever. The original structure on the farm was built in 1870.  In February of 1880 a fire occurred at the location, damaged the building and took the life of Elva Skinner, a child just short of her 5th birthday.  In 1916 the current building was constructed and became the home to many that had no where else to go. Robbin Terry, owner and Michele Watson-Baker, historian, will be on hand to discuss the past, present, and future of Ashmore Estates.

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4/6/20192:00pm to 3:30pmMarita Metzke

What the heck is "geocaching"? It is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using a smart phone (or other GPA-enabled device).  Pages on the web or a map on your phone direct you to a specific set of coordinates and then you attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden there.  The cost to play? perhaps a bit of shoes leather and gasoline.  There are 200 caches hidden within seven miles of Charleston.  Terry Weidner will explain the basics of the game, and share some interesting stories.  He has been geocaching for 15 years, along with seven million fellow geocachers, has been finding some of the more than  two million caches hidden worldwide.  

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4/10/201912:00pm to 1:30pmMarita Metzke

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4/11/20195:00pm to 7:00pmJessica Killough

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