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Library Closed September 1

August 20, 2014

Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.The library will reopen, with regular business hours (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), on Tuesday, September 2.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 217-753-4921

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Library Closed July 4

July 2, 2014

Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014, in observance of Independence Day. The library will re-open with regular business hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 217-753-4921

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Author of Book on Local Murder Case to Speak at Library

June 12, 2014

Local author, Edward Cunningham, will discuss his true-crime book, The Perfect Patsy, on Wednesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Room of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street. The Perfect Patsy details the police investigations and subsequent conviction of Mark Winger for the brutal murders of his wife and a van driver.

Donnah Winger was 31-years-old when she was killed on September 29, 1995.  She had what appeared to be a perfect marriage and was in the process of adopting a three month old baby with her husband of eight years, Mark Winger. Mark was a graduate from V.M.I. in Nuclear Physics and worked for the Illinois Nuclear Regulatory Agency.

On September 23, 1995, Donnah was driven from the St. Louis airport to her home in Springfield, Illinois, by a disturbed van driver who talked of spirits, nude parties and killing people.

On September 29, 1995, Mark shot and killed the van driver whom he claims was bludgeoning to death Donnah in their home. Police believe it was a justifiable homicide.

The police reopened the case in 1999, based upon the testimony of Mark’s ex-girlfriend.  In June of 2002, Mark was convicted of the double murder of Donnah and the van driver and was sentenced to two life terms.

While in prison, Mark attempted to hire a con to kill his ex-girlfriend and several other people. He was subsequently, convicted of two counts of solicitation of murder and sentenced to two additional 35-year terms in a maximum security prison.

The Perfect Patsy is the true story of Mark Winger's arrogance and betrayal. The book details the initial police investigation, the re-opened case and the complicated trial that led to Mark Winger's conviction.

This is the first book by Edward Cunningham, a trial lawyer, with more than 50 years of experience in significant civil litigation. He is a graduate of Yale University and of the University of Chicago Law School. He started working on this book ten years ago when he started collecting the records of this case and interviewing witnesses.

Copies of The Perfect Patsy will be available for purchase and signing.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 217-753-4921

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Friends of Lincoln Library Annual Summer Book Sale

May 30, 2014

The Friends of Lincoln Library will hold their annual summer book sale on Friday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in the past, the sale will be held – rain or shine – on the plaza surrounding Lincoln Library, the Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street.

Thousands of reasonably priced, used books will be for sale -- hardbacks - $2; paperbacks - 50¢; oversized paperbacks - $1; children’s books - 50¢. In addition to some specially priced items, there will be a small selection of DVDs ($2), music CDs ($1), and computer games ($2).

Proceeds raised from the sale, will be used to enhance the library collection and to fund a variety of projects and programs, including the annual summer reading program for kids, teens and adults.

Volunteers are vital to the success of the book sale. Anyone interested in assisting during the sale, should contact Nancy Huntley at 753-4921 or nancy.huntley@lincolnlibrary.info.

If you have gently used books you would like to donate for the sale, it is not too late. They are accepted year-round. There is a donation bin in the lobby. Just remember, we cannot accept the following -- textbooks, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, magazines over a year old, water damaged books, moldy or dirty books, etc. A complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found on the library’s website. While every donation is greatly appreciated, if we are given unsuitable items it is an extra expense for the library in the time taken to sort the items and the cost to discard them. We truly appreciate your support and consideration!

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 217-753-4921

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“Paws to Read!” Lincoln Library’s Summer Reading Program for All Ages

May 30, 2014

Each summer, Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, Illinois, promotes the joy of reading by sponsoring a summer reading program for kids, teens and adults. This year’s program, “Paws to Read!,” kicks off at the library, 326 South 7th Street, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

The Youth Services department will again be offering two summer reading programs - one for children ages 11 and younger and another for young adults ages 12 to 18. As reading goals are achieved, kids will be awarded prizes – the more hours read, the more prizes received. (Many thanks go out to the Friends of Lincoln Library for providing reading incentives and prizes!)

The fun doesn’t end with enjoying great books! There are many programs for kids and teens -- crafts, story times, games, and special performances by Magician Richard Landry (June 24, 2 p.m.), storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis (July 1, 2 p.m.), the DePriest Puppets (July 9, 2 p.m.) and the Sangamon County K-9 Unit (July 26, 11 a.m.). For a complete listing of events, stop by the library for a calendar or visit the library’s website.

The adult reading program is open to anyone age 19 and over. Simply sign up to participate at the Readers’ Services Desk. Each time a book is finished, stop by to enter a prize slip for the drawings. (The more you read, the more you can enter!) There will be weekly prize drawings for a variety of gift cards and a grand prize give-away at the end of the program!  Prizes are courtesy of the Friends of Lincoln Library.

Full details are available by phoning (217) 753-4900, visiting the library website or stopping by Youth Services, Readers’ Services, or Reference.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 217-753-4921

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Library Youth Services Closed May 15

May 14, 2014

The Youth Services department of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, will be closed between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Electricians need access to the department’s ceiling to complete wiring for the second floor renovation.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 217-753-4921

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Lincoln Library Closed for Staff Institute

May 6, 2014

Lincoln Library, the Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, will be closed on Friday, May 9, 2014, for the annual Staff Institute. On this date, the library staff will be participating in a day of continuing education and training so as to better serve customers. Regular hours will resume on Saturday May 10, 2014.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 217-753-4921

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Lincoln Library Renovation to Resume Monday, April 21

April 14, 2014

Renovation of the second floor of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 S. 7th St., will resume on Monday, April 21, 2014. Anticipated to take several weeks, the remodel will result in an updated second floor with new carpeting, fresh paint, a reading room, a computer classroom, and a consolidated area for the public computer terminals. 

During the renovation, the second floor will be closed to customers and the materials housed there - nonfiction, biographies, audiovisuals, etc. - will be available by request only. (Customers will be able to browse new nonfiction books on the third floor.) Item hold requests can be placed through the library’s website. Once the needed title is found in the online catalog, patrons can use their library card and PIN to place the hold. (PINS may be obtained at the Circulation Desk.)  Holds can also be placed by phoning 753-4900, ext. 206. Customers will be notified by email or mail (generally within 24-48 hours) when the material is available for pick up.

During the renovation, reference librarians will be available to answer questions at the Contemporary Fiction Desk, located on the first floor. Patrons can phone-in questions, by calling 753-4900, ext. 206.

Public computer use will be limited to the terminals located on the third floor. Customers should anticipate delays. Sessions will be limited to 30 minutes. If there is not a waiting list, computer use may be extended by 30–minute intervals, up to the daily 2-hour maximum.

Remodel updates can be found on the library’s webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 753-4921

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Library Holiday Closings

April 10, 2014

Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, will be closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of the Good Friday holiday and on Sunday, April 20 for Easter. The library will be open regular business hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) on Saturday, April 19. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, April 21.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 753-4921

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Library Renovation Update

March 20, 2014

The second floor of Lincoln Library, 326 South 7th Street, will temporarily re-open on Monday, March 24. Renovation of the floor has been delayed due to manufacturing issues with the carpeting. The remodel will resume in April, at which time
the second floor will again be closed.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 753-4921

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Library Renovations to Begin March 10

March 5, 2014

Renovation of the second floor of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 S. 7th St., is scheduled to begin Monday, March 10, 2014. Anticipated to take several weeks, the remodel will result in an updated second floor with new carpeting, fresh paint, a reading room, a computer classroom, and a consolidated area for the public computer terminals.  

During the renovation, the second floor will be closed to customers and the materials housed there - nonfiction, biographies, audiovisuals, etc. - will be available by request only. (Customers will be able to browse new nonfiction books on the third floor.) Item hold requests can be placed through the library’s website. Once the needed title is found in the online catalog, patrons can use their library card and PIN to place the hold. (PINS may be obtained at the Circulation Desk.)  Holds can also be placed by phoning 753-4900, ext. 206. Customers will be notified by email or mail (generally within 24-48 hours) when the material is available for pick up.

During the renovations, reference librarians will be available to answer questions at the Contemporary Fiction Desk, located on the first floor. Patrons can phone-in questions, by calling 753-4900, ext. 206.

Public computer use will be limited to the terminals located on the first and third floors, during this time.

Remodel updates can be found on the library’s webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 753-4921

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Golf Program at Library Canceled

March 1, 2014

The program, "Golf in Fact & Fiction" with Zachary Michael Jack, scheduled for Sunday, March 2 at Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, has been canceled due to the weather.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 753-4921

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Golf in Fact & Fiction with Zachary Michael Jack

February 25, 2014

"Golf in Fact & Fiction" with Zachary Michael Jack will be held in the Carnegie Room North of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, on March 2, at 2 p.m. Jack, author of many critically acclaimed books on sports and sporting facilities, will share his thoughts about Golf in Fact and Fiction. His golf writing has earned him nominations for the United States Golf Association's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, as well as recognition as an Editor's Pick by Golf Digest and a Best Books of 2011 by Golf magazine. Zachary teaches in the Sports Studies track at North Central College in Naperville. He also teaches writing workshops at the undergraduate and graduate level. The program, sponsored by the Friends of Lincoln Library, is free and open to the public.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 753-4921

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"Israel: A Photo Tour of the Best of Israel with Steve Rambach"

February 14, 2014

"Israel: A Photo Tour of the Best of Israel with Steve Rambach" will be held Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2 p.m., in the Carnegie Room North of Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street. Visit the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, Holocaust Museum and walk the grounds Jesus traveled. Sponsored by the Friends of Lincoln Library.

Contact: Nancy Huntley, 753-4921

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Library Holiday Closing

February 7, 2014

Library Holiday Closings

Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, will be closed on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, in honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Contact: Nancy Huntley/Kim Hergett, 217-753-4900

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