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Lincoln Public Library
The Lincoln Public Library
District has received two new grants from the office of Secretary of
State and State Librarian Jesse White.
The Dream Again grant entitled "Great
Books, Great Films" will be used to purchase classic movies in the
DVD format and great works of literature in the CD format. The
library will also receive a new DVD player and public performance
movie licensing rights for one year. The license will allow the
library to host a series of public programs with the new DVD movie
Lincoln will share this $32,100 grant
with the public libraries in Chatham, Rochester, Clinton, Effingham,
Mount Zion and Taylorville. The grant is part of $2.46 million
awarded to Illinois libraries by Secretary White's office.
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The Opportunity Knocks grant entitled
"Terry Turtle's Teaching Totes" will be used to purchase tote bags
for the youth services department at the library. The tote bags will
cover a variety of topics and contain books, puppets, stuffed
animals, activity cards and teaching suggestions. These tote bags
will be ideal for young children or developmentally disabled patrons
and will be available for checkout.
This second grant is part of almost
$200,000 in grants awarded to Illinois libraries by Secretary
information please contact Richard Sumrall at 732-8878 or visit the
library, 725 Pekin St.
[Lincoln Public Library press
Trap," by Joan Lowery Nixon. Delacorte Press, 2002, 165 pages.
Julie Hollister is 16 years old and has
a great summer planned, until her family interferes. They decide
that she is the only one who has the time to go to Rancho del Oro,
Texas, to help out her great-aunt and uncle on their ranch. Uncle
Gabe had a fall and broke his ankle badly enough to be hospitalized,
leaving Aunt Glenda alone on the ranch. Julie resents her family's
insistence that she spend her whole summer in Texas but does what
her parents ask her to do.
The story opens with her Aunt Glenda
picking her up at the airport. From the very start things seem
strange to Julie. When they arrive at the ranch she notices a
towerlike room at the end of the carport. Her aunt tells her that
Uncle Gabe built it as an observatory and the steps up to it are
where he had his fall. Aunt Glenda gets very upset when she tells
Julie that Gabe doesn't think that the fall was an accident.
All of the ranches seem to be very
vulnerable. They are very poorly lit, and too many people have keys.
The strange noises at night only add to the creepiness of the place.
Aunt Glenda explains to Julie that
Rancho del Oro is a retirement community made up of several small
ranches. The people were enticed to buy into it because it seemed
like a good investment. She learns at a women's social gathering
that most of the wives are not happy with the situation. She also
hears a lot of conversation about missing jewelry. Most of the women
seem unconcerned about this and seem to consider it something to do
with their age and forgetfulness.
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At Uncle Gabe's insistence, Julie
investigates the stairs at the observatory and finds two small nail
holes, on the top step, that could have been used to hold a piece of
string or fishing wire. With the aid of her best friend from home,
via e-mail, Julie begins to investigate other strange things that
happen. Two more people have accidental falls and are killed, and
the local sheriff doesn't see the need for an investigation. Ranch
hands and friends show up at her aunt and uncle's house at strange
times, and she begins to suspect everyone.
When Julie begins to receive
threatening e-mail messages that warn her to stop poking around, the
story gets very tense and exciting. She is convinced that there is a
killer on the ranch and if she doesn't find out who it is, she could
be the next victim. The surprise ending will have even the best
sleuths wondering how they missed the clues.
Nixon is the author of more than a hundred books for young adults
and children. She is the past president of the Mystery Writers of
America and a four-time winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Best Young
Adult Mystery Award. This book is recommended for grades five to
eight. For more information, please visit the library at 725 Pekin
Street or call (217) 732-5732.
[Linda Harmon, Lincoln
Public Library District]
LCT 2003 season
Lincoln Community Theatre is
pleased to announce three productions selected for the summer of
Kicking off the 32nd season of live
theater for the Lincoln community will be the hilarious musical "Nuncrackers."
This fun-filled show is a continuation of the antics of the
dauntless, darling nuns of Mount St. Helen's Convent who delighted
Lincoln audiences in the "Nunsense" series several summers ago.
Audience participation, one-liners, a rum-soaked fruitcake, dueling
sugar plum fairies and dear Sister Amnesia will definitely start the
summer theatrical season with humor and fun.
The July production, "Steel Magnolias,"
is one of our best ensemble productions. The familiar, bittersweet
story touches all the emotional peaks and valleys of life in a small
Southern community. From wise-cracking Truvy to unsure Annelle, the
characters in this poignant play promise to touch everyone with both
laughter and tears.
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Ending the season on a patriotic note,
LCT's final production of the summer will be "1776," a stirring, yet
humorous musical featuring a large cast representing our founding
fathers. Humor abounds with fast-paced dialogue involving Ben
Franklin, Henry Lee and other early congressional characters, along
with catchy, patriotic music.
To kick off
the holiday season, Lincoln Community Theatre is offering holiday
gift certificates for season memberships for the summer 2003 season.
Certificates can be mailed directly to the receiver or to the gift
giver. Certificates for adult memberships are $20 each, and those
for children through eighth grade are $12 each. Requests for gift
certificates may be sent to LCT, Box 374, Lincoln, IL 62656. Further
information is available at (217) 732-7542 or by visiting the LCT
[Judy Rader, LCT publicity
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Community Theatre's box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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