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—Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC?-AD 65) [The Younger] Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, tutor

 

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The library now has access to the Herald & Review newspaper in its online format. It has current articles, plus archived articles going all the way back to 1990. It's free to use. Just log in with your library card barcode and you're all set!

 

2015 Community Garden at the Oreana Library

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Applications for the 2015 Community Garden at the Oreana Library are available at either library branch or you may download one here.

This application can be used for both the individual plots and the community spaces, but both sets of guidelines appear with the application. Please be sure to read them carefully. You may choose to apply for both the individual plot and volunteer for the community spaces, but it is not necessary. For more information, see our community garden webpage here.

 

The Google Suite: Taking Full Advantage of Google

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Tuesday, May 12
2:00-4:00pm
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Do you Google? Did you know that Google actually has developed a whole suite of useful (and free) online programs that you can use? From Google Mail to Google Maps to Google Translate to Google Calendar, there's a lot you can do! Learn how to take full advantage of our search-engine overlords and get the most out of Google!

 

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May Selection

The OrchardistThe Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin

Discussion: Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 1:30pm
Argenta Library

Description:

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, a solitary orchardist named Talmadge carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century. A gentle, solitary man, he finds solace and purpose in the sweetness of the apples, apricots, and plums he grows, and in the quiet, beating heart of the land--the valley of yellow grass bordering a deep canyon that has been his home since he was nine years old. Everything he is and has known is tied to this patch of earth. It is where his widowed mother is buried, taken by illness when he was just thirteen, and where his only companion, his beloved teenaged sister Elsbeth, mysteriously disappeared. It is where the horse wranglers--native men, mostly Nez Perce--pass through each spring with their wild herds, setting up camp in the flowering meadows between the trees.

One day, while in town to sell his fruit at the market, two girls, barefoot and dirty, steal some apples. Later, they appear on his homestead, cautious yet curious about the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, Jane and her sister Della take up on Talmadage's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Yet just as the girls begin to trust him, brutal men with guns arrive in the orchard, and the shattering tragedy that follows sets Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect them, putting himself between the girls and the world, but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

 

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Location & Hours

Argenta Location
100 East Water
Argenta, IL 62501
217.795.2144

Argenta Hours
Monday 9-5
Tuesday 12-7
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 12-7
Friday 9-1
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

Oreana Location
211 South Route 48
Post Office Box 278
Oreana, IL 62554
217.468.2340

Oreana Hours
Monday 9-7
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 12-7
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-1
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

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