Lighthouses of Michigan and the Great Lakes Wednesday, June 1, 1:00p

When you think of lighthouses do you think of the East or West coasts? Possibly the Midwest? Michigan, which has more freshwater coastline than any other state, has over 120 lighthouses. This virtual presentation shares the history, beauty, and surprising stories of the lighthouses of Michigan (Lake Michigan). Email to receive the Zoom registration meeting invite to attend!

*Walk with a Master Naturalist Wednesday, June 1, 6:15p

Join Master Naturalist Jana Maxwell as we walk the trail and learn to identify at least 10 native plant species. We will begin our walk at the Woodland Ridge subdivision located off Cedar Hills Drive. Please park on Woodland Ridge Ct and meet us at the trail head at the top of the street. *Registration required. Please call the library at 309.243.5716 or email to reserve your spot.

Near-Death Experience: An Overview Wednesday, June 8, 11:30a

Millions of people worldwide nearly die or experience clinical death. Some individuals who nearly die, experience a profound spiritual experience while they are clinically dead, and return to tell fascinating stories that, some argue, provide glimpses of the afterlife. These experiences leave the experiencers, and those that study them, permanently changed. In this virtual presentation, Dr. Amit Sinha, a non-experiencer and a Professor of Finance, in Foster College of Business at Bradley University provides an overview about these near-death experiences. Email to receive the Zoom registration meeting invite to attend!

*Go Climb a Rock…What You Should Know About Rock Climbing Wednesday, June 15, 6:30p

Come see what indoor rock climbing is all about during this trip to First Ascent Climbing & Fitness in Peoria (927 SW Washington)!           Join Amanda Villiger, Gym Manager, for a full facility tour and Q&A to learn about modern indoor rock climbing, the gear involved and how it translates to outdoor rock climbing. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a free Day Pass to experience the physical and mental challenge for themselves! All tour participants will need to fill out a waiver. Complete it when you arrive at the facility or beforehand at Free.  Ages 18+ *Registration required.

An Evening with Chef Kwame Onwuachi Wednesday, June 22, 7:00p

Join us for an engaging evening with chef Kwame Onwuachi. His first cookbook, “My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef” celebrates the cuisine of the African diaspora, “the world’s wisest food.” He’ll share the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture. Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard Award-winning chef who was born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. Onwuachi was first exposed to cooking by his mother, in the family’s modest Bronx apartment, and he took that spark of passion and turned it into a career. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America and opened five restaurants before turning thirty. A former “Top Chef” contestant, he has been named “Food & Wine’s” Best New Chef 2019 and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both “Zagat” and “Forbes.” Onwuachi’s 2019 memoir, “Notes from a Young Black Chef” received critical acclaim. This more »

True Crime with Amanda Vicary Wednesday, June 29, 6:30p

Dr. Amanda Vicary (Illinois Wesleyan University) will discuss her research on true crime and why people, especially women, like this genre in this virtual presentation. She’ll also explore two cases of potential wrongful convictions in Illinois (Barton McNeil and Jamie Snow), and the convicted person in the Starved Rock murders case, Chester Weger. Register for the Zoom link at Presented in partnership with the Chillicothe Public Library and other neighboring libraries.