Effingham Public Library

Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Effingham Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
 Limit by audience:
Chess Class
Effingham Public Library
Saturday, Mar. 25, 2 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
All ages and no knowledge of chess is necessary.  The class will assume the student has no knowledge of chess.  We will start with a basic overview and how the pieces move. Class will last about 90 minutes. 
  1. Why chess – helps build: problem solving skills, logic, critical thinking that can be applied to all areas of one’s life OR other games.
  2. Intro – history of chess
  3. The basic idea behind chess
  4. About the board and pieces
  5. How all the pieces move
  6. Rules of the game
  7. Walk through a game with explanation
  8. Basic strategies
  9. Proper chess notation
  10. Ideas to grow your game beyond basics
  11. Recap
Fresh Digs, North Banker St. Effingham
Monday, Mar. 27, 6 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Join us at Fresh Digs for our quarterly Nonfiction Book Club.  This month we'll be reading, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Copies will be available for check out at the Check Out Desk at the library.

  Sponsored by Effingham Public Library.
Story Time
EPL Children's Programming Room
Tuesday, Mar. 28, 10 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs and lots of fun!
Ages 0-5
No Registration Required.
Read to Clyde
EPL Children's Programming Room
Tuesday, Mar. 28, 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.
Come read to our registered therapy dog Clyde!  Dogs are non-judgmental listeners, so this is a great program for new and practicing readers.
All Ages 
No Registration Required.
Effingham Public Library
Thursday, Mar. 30, 12 -1 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Have a computer question?  Need help with your tablet?  Claim your spot and we'll do our best to help!
Story Time
EPL Children's Programming Room
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 10 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs and lots of fun!
Ages 0-5
No Registration Required.
EPL Luttrell Room
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Join this group of writers as they focus on writing about their life story for their family and friends or just for themselves. This new writing group welcomes newcomers and all level of writers.  Typically meeting for two hours, participants are encouraged to bring writing that they’ve worked on to share with the group.
 
At each meeting possible writing prompts are shared.  Participants are encouraged to consider various aspects of their life story. The writing prompt or assignment to prepare for the April meeting is to to write about a place where you have lived. Each member may read their writing aloud. 
 
During the meeting, participants also have 15 to 20 minutes to write about another topic that will be drawn from an envelope of prompt ideas. It, too, will be shared with the group.
 
  Sponsored by Effingham Public Library.
SWAG - Seniors with
Effingham Public Library
Thursday, Apr. 6, 10 a.m.
Join our social group for Seniors.
Monthly door prize.
No Registration Required.
Preschool STEAM
EPL Children's Programming Room
Thursday, Apr. 6, 10 a.m.
Enjoy a good book and an interactive project with your little one.  Projects will incorporate science, technology, engineering, art or math.  We'll read Quiet Bunny's Many Colors by Lisa McCue and then practice color matching with an "eggciting" craft and game!
Ages 2-5 with an adult
No Registration Required.
Effingham Public Library
Thursday, Apr. 6, 12 -1 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Have a computer question?  Need help with your tablet?  Claim your spot and we'll do our best to help!
Watercolor Birds
EPL Children's Programming Room
Thursday, Apr. 6, 4 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Come learn to draw and paint cute baby birds!
Ages 5-10
Registration Required.
EPL Workman Room
Thursday, Apr. 6, 6 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Join adjunct Lake Land College instructor, Ryan Ervin to discuss the future of public education.  Recruiting and keeping the best teachers into the education system is clearly challenging.  For rural communities there are a variety of other factors that create barriers for capturing these talented, passionate individuals.  How did the situation develop?  How can communities respond? Sponsored by Illinois Humanities Foundation .
EPL Luttrell Room
Saturday, Apr. 8, 10 a.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Spring Crafting Project. Sponsored by Effingham Public Library.
Story Time
EPL Children's Programming Room
Tuesday, Apr. 11, 10 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs and lots of fun!
Ages 0-5
No Registration Required.
Effingham Public Library
Thursday, Apr. 13, 12 -1 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Have a computer question?  Need help with your tablet?  Claim your spot and we'll do our best to help!
Story Time
EPL Children's Programming Room
Tuesday, Apr. 18, 10 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs and lots of fun!
Ages 0-5
No Registration Required.
Daytime Book Discuss
EPL Luttrell Room
Thursday, Apr. 20, 10 a.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Daytime Book Discussion
The Nightingale by Hannah Kristin
by Sebastian Barry
Thursday, April 20
10 a.m. Luttrell Room
Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.  See our Circulation Desk to pick up a copy of the book.
Registration Required.
 
 
Totally Untidy Toddl
EPL Children's Programming Room
Thursday, Apr. 20, 11 a.m.
Join us at the library for messy, mushy, squishy sensory play!  Please wear old clothes you don't mind getting messy.
Ages 1-4 with an adult
No Registration Required.
Effingham Public Library
Thursday, Apr. 20, 12 -1 p.m.
or call 217-342-2464.
Have a computer question?  Need help with your tablet?  Claim your spot and we'll do our best to help!
Uncorked Book Discus
Village Wine Store
Monday, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.
or call 217-347-0477.
Uncorked Book Club at the Village Wine Store
Above All Things
by Tanis Rideout
Monday, April  24 at 7 p.m.
This debut novel weaves together the harrowing story of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest, with that of a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.
Copies will be available for check out at the Check Out Desk at the library.
Registration Required.