Friday, July 11, 2014

Can You Help Us Expand our DVD Collection?


THE HOMER LIBRARY NEEDS YOUR HELP 
REPLACING OUR OLD VHS MOVIE TAPES!

Following is the library's "DVD Wish List."  We are trying to update our movie collection and get rid of our VHS tapes. But some sought after movies we still only have on VHS and lack the funds to replace with DVDs. If you have any of them in DVD format and you no longer watch them, please consider donating them to the Homer Library! Your generosity will be very much appreciated!  Don't forget your donation to the library may be tax deductible. 


13 Assassins 2010
1984 (which came out in 1984)
A Christmas Story 1983
The Artist 2011
About Schmidt 2002
African Queen
Aliens 1986
American Splendor 2003
Anastasia (Disney)
Annie Hall 1977
Aristocats (Disney)
Apocalypse Now            1979
Back to the Future 1985
Before Sunset 2004
Being John Malkovich 1999
Big 1988
Blade Runner 1982
Bloody Sunday 2002
Boys Don’t Cry 1999
Brazil 1985
Cape Fear 1962
Children of Men 2006
Chinatown 1974
Citizen Kane 1941
City of God 2002
Dirty Dancing
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007
Do the Right Thing 1989
Duck Soup (the Marx Brothers) 1933
The English Patient 1996
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
The French Connection 1971
Fargo 1996
From Here to Eternity
The Godfather 1972
Gorillas in the Mist
Gandhi 1982
Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001
House of Flying Daggers 2004
Home Alone 1990
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1966
In the Heat of the Night
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Jaws 1975
The Joy Luck Club
Key Largo
The Kid (Charlie Chaplin) 1921
The Kids Are All Right 2010

The Lives of Others 2006
La Dolce Vita 1960
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
Lonesome Dove
The Matrix (the first movie – we have the second and third)
The Muppet Movie 1979
Memento 2000
Metropolis 1927
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Monty Python and the Holly Grail 1975 (we don’t have any Monty Python)
Old Yeller
On the Waterfront 1954
The Producers 2005
Pan’s Labyrinth 2006
Patton 1970
Persepolis 2007
The Red Balloon 1956
Rainman
Raging Bull 1980
Rio Grande
Rushmore 1998
Rocky 1976
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
Say Anything 1989
Schindler’s List 1993
Seven Samurai 1954
Shakespeare in Love 1998
Some Like it Hot 1959
Stand By Me 1986
Star Wars – the only one we have on DVD is Revenge of the Sith (episode 3)
Steel Magnolias
The Straight Story 1999
The Ten Commandments
The Thorn Birds
The Tree of Life 2011
The Triplets of Belleville 2003
The Truman Show 1998
Taxi Driver 1976
Thelma & Louise 1991
There Will Be Blood 2007
This is Spinal Tap 1984
Titanic 1997
Tuck Everlasting
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
Vertigo
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
The Yearling
Yellow Submarine (the Beatles) 1968

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Eat Pizza! Help the Library!

Do  you like pizza?  Do you want to help the Library? 
Well then.... do we have a deal for you! 

Join the Homer Community Library to enjoy great pizza and support a great cause on Monday, July 7th.  If you eat at one of the following Monical's Pizza Restaurants, they will donate 20% of your total bill (before sales tax) back to the Homer Community Library! But...YOU MUST BRING A COMMUNITY DAY FLIER WITH YOU and you must visit Monical's on July 7th.

Monical's 'Community Day' fundraiser is a fun and easy way for you to support the Homer Community Library.  You can pick up a flier at the library or the Village Clerk's office.

Participating Monical's are located at: 

703 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, IL

2720 S. Philo Rd, Urbana, IL

103 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign, IL

** Remember - a flier must accompany your order for the donation to be applied.**

Monday, June 16, 2014

Non-resident Fee Increase


The Homer Library will be raising the fee for non-resident library cards beginning July 1, 2014. We would like to give our current non-resident patrons a break on the cost. If you renew your membership before July 1st, you can do so at the present rate of $35, and we will extend your membership for a full year from your current expiration date. After July 1, 2014, the non-resident fee will increase to $37.00. This increase is being made to keep up with rising costs, and to equalize non-resident fees with fees that residents pay through their property tax bills.

If you live inside the Homer Village limits, you pay property taxes that support the library.  If you are a resident and don’t have a library card, why not? You are already paying for the same benefits that our paid non-resident card holders receive.

For the most part, the Homer Community Library is supported by the real estate taxes of property owners who live within the boundries of the Village of Homer. However, we are considered to be the designated library for everyone within the Homer School District who does not pay taxes to another library. Paid memberships are required of patrons living in Homer Township (outside the Village limits) and for those families living in Allerton, Broadlands, and Longview. If  you live in Vance Township or in the Sidell Library limits check with those libraries to see if  you are eligible for a card from them – you may be paying taxes to support one of those libraries.  If you do have a library card from another area library you can still use the Homer library as a reciprocal borrower.

For others whom the Homer Community Library is their designated library, a small membership fee is required if they wish to borrow items from the Library. This fee is calculated by determining the average tax that a property owner in Homer pays for library privileges, currently $37.00 a year. The fee covers all family members living under the same roof.

For less than the cost of a restaurant meal, or the price of two books, your Homer Library Card will provide you with access to more than 24,000 items which you can borrow—or enjoy at the Library. These items include over 2400 movies, many current magazines, the use of 5 desktop and 2 laptop computers, audio books, large print volumes, 21,500 plus books, hundreds of CDs, and reference works along with Mango – an on-line language learning program with over 40 languages to choose from. Also, as a member of the Homer Community Library, you’ll gain access to the Illinois Heartland Libraries System, enabling you to borrow from dozens of regional libraries.

Whether you are a resident or a non-resident we hope you will take advantage of the great benefits the library has to offer.  We’d be happy to give you a tour of our collection – just come on in during open library hours.  The Homer Community Library is open Mon., Tues., Thur., & Fri. from 2-7pm; Weds. 9am-2pm; and Sat. 10am-2pm. If you’d like more information call us at 217-896-2121 or email us at homerlibrarian@gmail.com.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Upcoming Events!


June 2014 Events
Homer Community Library

May 31  All Day!
Find Us at Homer Soda Fest
The Library will be holding a fundraising toss-game and raffle at Homer Soda Fest! You will have the chance to win many prizes including a Kindle, $50 and $25 gift cards, and a wine tasting at Wyldewood Cellars. 
For more info on Soda Fest go to: http://homersodafest.wordpress.com/

June 3  1pm
Summer Reading Program Kicks Off
This is the first day of our 6-week Summer Reading Program, ‘Paws to Read’. For more info, just ask the librarian.

June 7  2-4pm
40th Anniversary Open House
40 years ago the Village of Homer voted on a tax referendum to make us an official tax-supported public library! Join us for cake and punch and see how much has changed in the last 40 years.

June 11  1pm
Movie Matinee:   The Monuments Men
Based on the true story, an unlikely World War II platoon is tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves. How could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians possibly hope to succeed? But as they  found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.
Rated PG-13                                        runs 118 min


June 20  7pm
Free Family Movie Night:  The Lego Movie
This story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Rated PG                          runs 1 hr 40 min

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lot's of New Stuff at the Library

We have started off the month of May with a bang  - or at least a large order of books! We have new books in for every age group and both fiction and non-fiction.  

We have the newest releases from popular authors such as Stuart Woods, John Sandford, David Baldacci, Richard Paul Evans, and James Patterson.  We also have two recent best-sellers in adult fiction from authors you might not recognize as well; Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  We are also adding new mysteries in our paperback collection.  If you haven't checked out the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris you might find them interesting. They take place in Regency England - a place where gentlemen duel with pistols at dawn, fortunes are won and lost at a turn of the card, a decades-old war has turned Europe  into a ravaged battlefield, and in London, a child of six can be hanged for stealing a handkerchief.  This is the world of Sebastian St. Cyr, heir to an earldom, disillusioned Army officer, and now detective. As the author writes, "Think Mr. Darcy with a James Bond edge..."

We are also adding to our young adult collection.  We are keeping up with the series we currently have an are adding new ones frequently.  We have the newest additions to both the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and have just added the first two books of the Virals series by Kathy Reichs.  We are also adding many of this year's Printz award winning and honor books.  The Michael L. Printz award is an American Library Association literary award that recognizes the "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit".  

We haven't forgotten our younger patrons, either! We just got in some cute picture books including the newest Mo Willems book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath.  If you aren't familiar with Mo Willems, he does two really popular sets of books, the Pigeon books and the Elephant and Piggie books.  And there is so much new in our Junior collection that I am going to save that update for a future article.

Don't forget, Friday May 16th is our Free Family Movie Night. This month we will be showing The Nut Job.  An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.  This movie is rated PG and runs 86 minutes. The movie starts at 7pm. -- 

Monday, May 05, 2014

Events for May

I am a little late getting this posted so we have already had our Madeline Tea Party.  It was a lot of fun and I think we all learned a little something about table manners!  Here are the rest of the events for this month.  And just a heads up..... June 7th will be our 40th Anniversary Open House so save the date and join us for some cake and punch!


May 2014 Events
Homer Community Library


May 3  2pm
Madeline Tea Party
Do you remember the Madeline books? “In an old house in Paris that was covered with wines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines…” The first Madeline book was published 75 years ago – help us celebrate her 75th birthday!

May 13  7pm
Library Board Meeting


May 14  1pm
Movie Matinee:   Philomena
When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) was sent to the convent to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him from her and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising never to attempt to see her child again, she nonetheless spent the next fifty years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic. Rated PG-13                                        runs 98 min


May 16  7pm
Free Family Movie Night:  The Nut Job
Surly (Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel with a mission: to find the tastiest nuts for winter. When he discovers a whole store filled with his favorite food, he plans a heist of nutrageous proportions. But the place turns out to be owned by ruthless bank robbers, so it’s up to Surly and his furry friends to stop the nearby bank heist and save the town.
Rated PG                                      runs 86 min

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Going On at the Library

It has been a loooooong time since I've updated the blog.  It seems like an easy enough task but somehow it always gets pushed back to the end of my To-Do list.

We've been really busy here.  Circulation is up which means there's a lot more shelving to be done! And we've been buying/sorting/processing new and donated materials.  We put in an order for newly released books generally twice a month, new movies once a month and new (or needed) cd's for our Hunter Music collection at least once a month.

We have also gotten in a TON of donations of all varieties: books, movies, and music cd's which we've been sorting and processing.  Because our shelves are pretty full we are being fairly selective on the donations we catalog and put in the collection.  Which means....

WE HAVE A TON OF BOOKS FOR SALE!
Through the entire month of March we are running a 'cleaning house' book sale. New items go out on the sale tables at least once a week.  Hopefully we will get a lot sold before April 1st comes around.

We will also continue our practice of having a book sale during Homer's Town Wide Garage Sales. These will be held the first Friday and Saturday of May so if you didn't get the chance to get out here for this book sale, you have another opportunity coming right around the corner!

We are still keeping up with our monthly event schedule.  We have our Movie Matinee on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1pm.  These movies are geared to the interests of local retirees. We also have our Free Family Movie Night on the 3rd Friday of each month at 7pm.  We keep these movies to rated G or PG so parents can bring their young kids.  It is a great way to take your kids to a movie and see if they are ready to sit through the whole thing - if not, you can just get up and leave without worrying about the $8-10 you would have spent on a ticket at a regular theatre.

We are also getting ready for our Summer Reading Program.  This year's theme is "Paws to Read" so will be heavily animal oriented.  This program is open to all kids going into kindergarten through 5th grade.

We also have been working on a lot of behind the scenes projects such as writing grants, sending in required reports to the library system and the state, and also trying to get our collection uploaded to OCLC for easier access for other libraries.

If you haven't been in for a while, come on in and see what's happening.  There is always SOMETHING going on at the Homer Community Library.