Plant Clinic

The University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners will be hosting a free plant clinic at the Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Monday, September 16.

Anyone can bring gardening questions, landscape problems and unidentified plant and insect samples to get free information and advice from the experts. No registration required. For more information, call the library at 309-467-2922.

Friends of the Eureka Public Library

The Friends of the Eureka Public Library District will be holding a general membership meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 at the Eureka Public Library. The Friends promote and support the mission and programs of the library. They also volunteer and provide extra funds for projects through fundraising initiatives.

Recent projects include offering a monthly educational class for middle school students and purchasing new café-style tables and chairs for the library. A Friends membership is just $15 annually. All are welcome to join and support the library. For more information, contact the library.

Guide to Woodford County Genealogy

The Eureka Public Library will be offering a free program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 21 on the history of Woodford County and the variety of genealogical resources to be found throughout the county and online.

The program will review all of the basic resources including original records, published history books and atlases, and more. Knowledge about these basic types of county-level resources is valuable for any researcher, and this program will help researchers know what types of resources to look for in any Midwestern county their ancestors resided in.

Eureka Public Library staff member, genealogist and historian Cindy O’Neill will be presenting the program and is also available by appointment to assist researchers. To register or for more information, contact the library.

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is library card sign-up month at the Eureka Public Library. If you already have a library card, stop in and upgrade to their new library cards. The new card features a color photograph of the library, updated information and a keychain card.

New to Eureka or do not have a card? Residents and property owners in Cruger and Olio townships in Woodford County are eligible for a free library card at the Eureka Public Library. Stop by the library anytime and register by showing a photo ID and a document or piece of mail showing your current address.

Youth ages 5-13 are eligible for a juvenile card. If you are not sure if you are eligible for a card, check your voter registration card or property tax statement to see if the library is listed. If you do not reside in Cruger or Olio townships but live in Community Unit School District 140, ask library staff about purchasing a one-year, non-resident library card.

Enrolled CUSD 140 students and staff are eligible for a free one-year student card. The school district has purchased special cards for each student and staff member not eligible for a regular library card. For K – fourth grades, a parent should bring their driver’s license to verify school district residence. For staff and fifth – 12th grades, applicants should bring their student or staff identification card. Students under the age of 14 must have a parent present to register for a card. The cards are good through August 15, 2020 and can be renewed annually.

A library card provides free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, television series, puzzles, games, drones, wi-fi hotspots, online classes, ebooks, downloadable music, streaming movies and more. If they do not have what you are looking for, they can interlibrary loan items from over 100 Illinois libraries.

The library also offers everyone access to computers, printers, copier and fax services, wi-fi, area newspapers, a book sale room, and free or low-cost educational programs. For more information, contact the library at 309-467-2922 or visit