Each month, we host a variety of events for adults, including book discussions, movie events, crafting, computer classes, tasting events, and so much more!
If you have any questions about our adult programs or ideas for future programs, please contact Catherine Bailey at 217-342-2464, ext. 29.
The learning doesn’t end with the event, check below for handouts and other information from past events.
Human Trafficking – Anne Schomaker from the Set Free Movement out of Greenville, IL, gave us information about human trafficking worldwide and in America and shared with us ways to stop it.
Date -Thursday, February 20, 2014
Presenter – Anne Schomaker, Set Free Movement, Greenville, IL
Info – Set Free Presentation
Book Discussion – Orange is the New Black: My year in a women’s prison by Piper Kerman. The first book in our Uncorked book discussion series held at Village Wine Shop in downtown Effingham.
New Books for 2014 – Jon Mooney from Penguin Books gave us a sneak peek at great new reads coming out this winter and spring.
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Presenter: Jon Mooney from Penguin Books
Information: Penguin New Releases Winter Spring 2014
Memory Loss - For World Alzheimer’s Month Trisha Katt shared the importance of memory: how the mind remembers, what can go wrong and how to care for those who have memory impairments.
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Presenter: Trisha Katt, Heartland Human Services Caregiver Advisor
Info: Memory Loss Presentation
What’s the Deal With…Fracking – The University of Illinois Extension Fracking Task Force presented an unbiased look at fracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas.
Juicing for Your Health – Linda Ditzler, R.N., a holistic nutritionist, educator and nurse, taught us how to unlock the nutrient power of fresh vegetable juices.
Date: Monday, September 9, 2013
Presenter: Linda Ditzler, R.N.
Info: Juicing Presentation
Pinterest 101 – Learn the basics for getting started on Pinterest.
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Presenter: Joanna Davies, HML Staff
Info: Pinterest Presentation (updated)
What’s the Deal With…The Injustice System – Ryan Ervin, adjunct professor at Lakeland College, lead us in a discussion of the justice system in America.
Butterfly Release/130th Birthday – Helen Matthes Library turned 130 years old this year and to celebrate we had a birthday party complete with cupcakes, singing and a butterfly release.
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Info: Butterfly farm from where we purchased our butterflies – Swallowtail Farms, Inc.
Sculpture Walk II – Helen Matthes Library and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau once again lead participants on a walking tour of some of the sculptures in downtown Effingham.
Date: Monday, July 15, 2013
Presenters: Joanna Davies, HML Staff & Abbey DePoister, ECVB
Info: Sculptures on the Avenues Presentation
South Africa Travelogue - Robert and Joanna Davies walked us through the ins and outs of traveling in South Africa.
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Presenters: Robert and Joanna Davies
Info: Traveling In South Africa
What’s the Deal With…The Middle East – Ryan Ervin, Adjunct History Professor at Lakeland, lead us in a discussion about issues in the Middle East.
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Presenter: Ryan Ervin
1. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom: http://www.heritage.org/index/
2. Transparency.org’s analysis of government corruption: http://www.transparency.org/
3. New York Times’ Page on the Middle East: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/middle-east/index.html
4. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman articles (a Middle East expert): http://www.thomaslfriedman.com/
5. Time Magazine contributor and CNN host Fareed Zakaria’s website (a lot of globalization information, with some focus on the Middle East): http://fareedzakaria.com/
6. Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute. Ambassador Ross is probably the foremost expert on United States Middle East policy for the past 30 years. An archive of his analysis and articles is at the bottom of this webpage: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/experts/view/ross-dennis
Cheese Tasting – We held an international cheese tasting tour in the Reading Room. Open the link below for the list of the cheeses we had from around the world.
Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Info: List of Cheeses
Photography with Kate Key – Professional photographer Kate Key covered basic beginner digital photography topics like camera settings, lighting, depth, ISO, camera lens and photography composition.
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Presenter: Kate Key
Info: Kate Key Digital Photography
Bread Tasting – Rosie Gibbons of Siemer Milling introduced us to a sample of different breads from around the world – Cottage Dill Loaf, Glazed Irish Tea Bread, Old-World Rye Bread and Rieska.
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Presenter: Rosie Gibbons of Siemer Milling
Info: Bread Tasting Recipes
Prince Edward Island Travelogue – Trevor Arsenault took us on a photographic journey (pictures taken by wife and photographer, Tytia Habing) through his home province of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Presenter: Trevor Arsenault
Info: Prince Edward Island Presentation
Travel Italy - Chris Kramer shared her experiences traveling through Italy and also explained how one can accompany her next summer with Lake Land College’s Culture of Italy Tour.
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Presenter: Chris Kramer, Lake Land College’s Director of Auxiliary Services
Info: Culture of Italy Tour Info
Get Bookin’ 5K Run – Congratulations to JR Elder who finished first in the Second Annual Get Bookin’ 5K! For more race results, click here. Thanks again to everyone for supporting the new library! Fun race pictures are available at the library’s Facebook page.
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Instagram & Twitter – Our presenters introduced us to these two forms of social media and walked us through the basics of using them.
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Presenters: Instagram – Sara Smith, Twitter – Susan Lorenz
Info: Twitter 101
Seed Starting Class – Our presenters walked us through the process of starting seeds indoors. Handouts with tips and information about starting seeds and general gardening information were distributed.
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Presenters: Master Gardener Larry Johnson, Master Gardener Intern Janet Kennedy and Master Gardener Purnima Shah
1. Seed Starting Basics: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8703.html
For years following 2013: http://www.yougrowgirl.com/2006/03/31/the-lazy-gardeners-seed-starting-chart/
4. Frost Tolerance of Vegetables and Flowers: www.walterreeves.com/landscaping/frost-tolerance
5. Cold Resistant Definition: http://www.cactuspedia.info/note-book/Dictionary/Dictionary_C/dictionary_cold_resistance_cold_hardy.htm
6. Click on the “sheets” below for various garden tips.
A Crash Course in Writing 101 – Local author J.T. Hartke, author of the Dragonsoul Saga series, gave us his tips on how to write and get published.
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Presenter: J.T. Hartke
Info: Writing and How to Get Published
Ghost Hunting in Illinois – Bruce Cline and Kale Meggs of the Little Egypt Ghost Society spoke about Southern IL hauntings, equipment used in ghost hunting and how to capture spirits with a camera.
Date: February 25, 2013
Presenters: Bruce Cline, author of History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois and More History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois; and Kale Meggs, author of 99 Nooses: Illinois Justice at the End of a Rope, 1779-1896.
Handout: Tips for Capturing Ghosts with Your Camera
Pinterest 101 - Learn the basics for getting started on Pinterest.
Date: January 24, 2013 & February 14, 2013
Presenter: Joanna, HML Staff
Info: Pinterest 101 Presentation
Mother and Daughter After Hours – Mothers and daughters came together at HML to make scrumptious stocking stuffer body scrubs and eco-friendly newspaper gift bags.
Local Author Night – Eighteen local authors and one local harpist set up shop at HML to talk about their books as well as sell and sign them.
Date: November 8, 2012
Info: Local Author Contact List
Sculptures On the Avenues – Participants took a stroll around downtown Effingham and learned about fourteen of the sculptures placed there as part of the Sculptures On the Avenues program.
Date: October 3, 2012
Presenter: Vicki, HML Staff
Presentation: Sculptures On the Avenues Presentation
Exploring Vegetarian Cooking – HML Library Director Amanda McKay presented on her reasons for cutting meat out of her diet, shared recipes and tips on where to buy great vegetarian products locally.
Presented by: Jacki Whitacre and Lynda Jakubowski