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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
'The Broken Cat'
Broken Cat," written and illustrated by Lynne Rae
Perkins, Greenwillow Books, 2002, 30 pages
Being hurt or sick is a scary
experience for children. It can be even scarier when a favorite pet
becomes sick. After all, a pet cannot tell you where it hurts! In
this delightful picture book for children preschool to third grade,
Ms. Perkins explores that experience. While helping the child
understand the fear and accept that all living things can be hurt or
broken, we as adults also revisit those tense life situations.
This story is about a little boy named
Andy and his pet cat, Frank. One day when Frank the cat comes back
into the house after roaming free all day, he does not seem to
behave in his normal way. He does not want to eat, drink or move
around, and he keeps his eyes shut tightly.
Andy’s family takes Frank to visit the
veterinarian of course. While they are waiting for Frank to be
examined, Andy asks his mother to tell the story of how she broke
her arm when she was a little girl. This is obviously a story Andy
has heard before. As his mom is telling the story, Grandma and Aunt
Cookie add their corrections and perspective to the tale. Andy bends
down close to Frank’s ear, whispering for him to listen carefully.
We learn how Andy’s mother felt scared
and embarrassed about breaking her arm. Aunt Cookie was ashamed she
had made fun of her sister. Grandma felt badly because she did not
recognize right away that her child’s arm was broken.
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Then it is Frank’s turn to visit the
doctor. A great scene follows where the vet listens to the symptoms
and treats Frank even though the cat cannot tell the vet what
happened and where he hurts.
The illustrations enable a young child
to follow the story text very closely. As with most children’s
stories, the ending is a happy one, with both Frank and Mom
recovering from their injuries.
Two things are unique about this
particular book. One is the way the author deals with the feelings
surrounding an event such as this. Accidents do occur where adults
do not realize the extent of the injuries until later. Accidents
happen that are avoidable and unforeseen. Sometimes a person misses
something special due to an injury or has to compensate by doing
things in different ways.
The second special feature of Ms.
Perkins’ story is her attention to the small details that have you
as an adult saying, "Yes, that is exactly the way it
One of the criteria for truly good
children’s storybooks is the ability to transport us as readers back
to those feelings and experiences we once had as children.
To check out
this book and other great stories for children, come visit the
library at 725 Pekin St. or call 732-8878.
[Louella Moreland, Lincoln
Public Library District]
DECATUR -- Theatre 7 -
Decatur's Community Theatre will present the comedy "Epic
Proportions" in February at the Decatur Civic Center Theatre.
Tickets for the production go on sale to the general public
beginning Monday, Jan. 13, at the Decatur Civic Center Box Office.
"Epic Proportions" is set in the 1930s,
when brothers Benny and Phil find themselves in the Arizona desert
as extras in a huge historical epic film. Before they know it, Phil
is directing the movie and Benny is starring in it. To complicate
matters, they both fall in love with Louise, the assistant director
The Theatre 7 production is directed by
Cast members are Jayson Albright, Shawn
Becker, Doug Bishop, Peter Churukian, Amy Hoak, Tim Haworth, Alison
Logan and Matt Tucker.
Performance dates and times are Feb. 7,
8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. For ticket
information, call the box office, (217) 422-6161.
DECATUR -- Theatre 7 -
Decatur's Community Theatre will have auditions soon for the second
production of its 39th season, the epic musical "Ragtime."
The auditions will be at the Decatur
Civic Center Theater on Sunday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 20.
Children 7-10 years old audition at 5 p.m. and adults at 6:30 p.m.
To try out, prepare a song two minutes
in length. An accompanist will be provided. A short piece of
dialogue will be provided, as well as a short dance step.
For more information about the
questions, call Mike Redlinger, director. The daytime phone number
is (217) 428-4315.
[Theatre 7 press release]
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.
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