Community Calendar

The Community Calendar is a service of Lincoln Library. Submissions are generated from individuals and organizations in the area. Submit information to be included on the Community Calendar by completing the online form or download and send it in by fax, mail or email. For additional information email Kim Hergett.

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Check the Lincoln Library Calendar of Events for library sponsored events.

Check the library's Meeting Room Calendar for community meetings and events that are being held at Lincoln Library.

August 2018

1 Lewis & Clark in the Illinois Country
Lewis and Clark spent more time in Illinois than any other state, except North Dakota! Site Superintendent Brad Winn of the Lewis & Clark State historic site will present a program telling this often overlooked Illinois story of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Location: Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. .

1 Downtown Springfield Architectural Walking Tour
Enjoy the streets of downtown Springfield as Anthony Rubano from the Illinois Historic Preservation Association guides you through the Old Capitol Plaza and 6th Street. See and hear about the unique architectural designs, history and stories that surrounds the downtown area. The tour will end with a complimentary reception highlighting one of downtown Springfield’s own establishments.  Meet at 5:30 p.m. by the Lincoln family statue on the southeast corner of the Old State Capitol Plaza.  The tours are free and open to the public.

1 - 5 National Bikers Roundup
The Bikers Roundup, the largest camping motorcycle rally in the U.S., is organized by a group of African American motorcycle clubs. It will take place at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and throughout Springfield.  More information about the Roundup can be found online at

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Old Capitol Farmers Market
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.
Every Wednesday & Saturday through October, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 217-544-1723

Christian McWhirter, research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, will explain how the young music firm of Root & Cady in Chicago became one of the most successful and influential sources of wartime songs. Free. Location: Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St., 6:30 p.m.

2 1968 Democratic Convention
The 1968 Democratic Convention shocked America. Protesters filled the streets to protest the Vietnam War. Chicago police responded with violence. Delegates condemned the city’s actions on live TV while Mayor Daley angrily shouted back. Please join us as Mark DePue moderates a 50th anniversary discussion of the convention with four people who saw it firsthand: Alderman Ed Burke, a Chicago police officer manning the line at the time; Dick Simpson, Illinois chairman for the Eugene McCarthy campaign; Bernard Sieracki, a young college student, recently discharged from the Army; Taylor Pensoneau, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception following the event. Museum will open at 6 p.m.  Event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Illinois Gallery will be open. Members $5. Public $8. E-TICKET MUST BE PRESENTED FOR ENTRY (printed or on digital device). Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th Street. For ticket information, 217-558-8844.

2, 23, 30 Illinois Products Farmers Market
Each week (market not held during the Illinois State Fair), the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week."
Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed, 801 E. Sangamon Ave. 4-7 p.m. 217-524-3297

4 Powerlight Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular
All vehicles are welcome to attend this all-day (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) car show located at Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Drive. The show features air displays (Saints Flight Helicopter and a drone photo flyover), ground displays (Brandt’s #7 show car; Sangamon County K-9 demo, fallen police officers and veterans tribute) and so much more. Awards presented at 4 p.m.

4 Back To School Bash!
This free event features hands-on projects that show children the connection between history and technology. Kids will get to play a life-sized game of Operation on a Civil War soldier, learn how to send a message in Morse code and learn the principles behind the Gatling gun by firing a version that shoots rubber bands.  Registration is not required. Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th Street. 217-558-8844

4 & 5 Black, Whites & Blues Festival
Come out for great food, live music and camaraderie and bring your lawn chair!  Enjoy a car and motorcycle show. No entry fee to the event and free youth activities. Food and beverages available for purchase.  More information: Location: 11th Street between South Grand and Kansas. Hours: Saturday, August 4: 12-5 p.m.; Sunday, August 5: 12–4 p.m.

4, 11, 18 & 25 Old Capitol Farmers Market
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.
Every Wednesday & Saturday through October, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 217-544-1723

7 Lincoln Wide Awake Parade
The Illinois Humanities will host a Lincoln Wide Awake Parade beginning at 7 p.m. The parade is a free, participatory reenactment of an event that occurred on August 8, 1860, in Springfield to champion the election of Abraham Lincoln.  All ages are encouraged to participate in the parade. Props will be available.Those who do not wish to walk in the pardade are encouraged to come downtown to view it.  The parade will include lights; music by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band; a giant rolling Campaign Ball; a log cabin on wheels; and even Mr. Lincoln himself.  It will start at the Lincoln Home Historic Site and end at the Old State Capitol.  Refreshments will be provided by Three Twigs Bakery after the parade.  Attendees are also invited to the Old State Capitol for a conversation about the 1860 presidential campaign.  All activities and refreshments are free.  More information is available at

September 2018

8 Genealogy Research Assistance
Genealogy research assistance will be offered by the Sgt. Caleb Hopkins Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday, September 8 from 1:30–3:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Room South of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South Seventh Street. The session will provide tips to help interested individuals get started on their genealogy research or help them navigate difficult issues with their research. Experienced DAR volunteers will be available to answer questions from attendees. For more information, call 217-636-8300. Registration is not required.


October 2018

13 Hope-a-palooza
Enjoy Hope-a-looza from 3 p.m. to -7 p.m. at Hope Pavilion, 5220 S. 6th Street Road, Springfield! The Brat Pack will be performing along with other entertainment. There will be many family activities, including: a gaming truck, inflatables, obstacle course, a bubble bus, and much more!  There will be many food trucks, including: Engrained & Danenbergers, Twyford BBQ, Chaditos Tacos, Coopers Streetside Bistro, Another Day Another Donut, and many more! Info.,   217-585-5437.

14 Echoes of Yesteryear:  A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery
Free walking tour celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial featuring seven actors dressed in period costumes who will 
tell their personal stories while standing near their respective graves. Some of these individuals arrived in Sangamon County near the time that Illinois became a state. Sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society. Location: Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Avenue, 12-5 p.m.. Questions, 217-525-1961.


Ongoing Meetings & Events

Carillon Belles
The Carillon Belles are a group of ladies who work with the Rees Carillon Society to promote the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. If you would like information about joining this group, please, phone 217-787-3532 or visit

GROW in Illinois
A 12-step, community mental health support group program for people with mental health issues, emotional problems or who are having difficulties coping with life circumstances. Meetings are held weekly and are anonymous, free and confidential. For more information on GROW, 1-888-741-GROW or

Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO) performs at multiple venues including Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium and First Presbyterian Church; as well as, Bloomington's Center for the Performing Arts and Second Presbyterian Church. For a current schedule of performances and ticket information, visit the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's website or phone 217-206-6160. The ISO Guild of Springfield actively supports the Illinois Symphony Orchestra by hosting events and contributing financially to the orchestra. The Guild also awards music scholarships to talented youth every year. For more information on the Guild and events, phone 217-206-6160 or visit the webpage.

Readers Needed
Do you like to read? Would you like to help others who cannot read? WUIS/WIPA Radio Information Service is a reading service for the print impaired which broadcasts newspapers, and magazines, and we need your help. If you are interested, please call 217-206-6405.

Volunteer for the Red Cross, Illinois Capital Area Chapter
Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross, 1045 Outer Park Dr., has various volunteer opportunities available to those looking to get involved with the Red Cross and its many programs, including Disaster Relief, Meals-on-Wheels, services for the Armed Forces, Community Disaster Education, and Health & Safety education. For more information, call 217-787-7602, email or visit the webpage.

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