Friday, September 05, 2014

September Events

September 2014 Events
Homer Community Library

Sept. 9            7pm
Library Board Meeting
Sept. 10  1pm
Movie Matinee:  
Girl with a Pearl Earring
This film tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring" by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Little is known about the girl in the painting, it is speculated that she was a maid who lived in the house of the painter. This masterful film attempts to recreate the mysterious girl's life. Vermeer's wealthy patron and sole means of support, Van Ruijven, commissions him to paint Griet with the intent that he will have her for himself before it is finished. She must somehow secretly pose for the crucial painting without the knowledge of Vermeer's wife, avoid Van Ruijven's grasp, and protect herself from the cruel gossip of the world of a 17th century servant.
Rated PG-13                            runs 100 min

Sept. 19  7pm
Free Family Movie Night: 
Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave
Thomas and his friends face their fears in their boldest adventure yet! After a monstrous storm on the Island of Sodor, a landslide unearths some very unusual footprints. Thomas and Percy are eager to find out what could have made these marks but obstacles and danger seem to appear around every bend in the track. With the help of new friends, a little digging, and a heap of courage, they discover the surprising answer and, along the way, uncover the true meaning of bravery. Join Thomas & Friends in this exciting and inspiring movie adventure.
Rated G                          runs 1 hr 2 min

We went back to a slightly older movie for our matinee this month.  The new release movie I had planned on showing won't arrive here on time.

Along with our events, we've been busy, busy, busy cataloging new materials.  Come in and see what is new! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Event Schedule for August

August 2014 Events
Homer Community Library

Aug 12            7pm
Library Board Meeting
Aug 13  1pm
Movie Matinee:   Heaven Is For Real
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Starring Academy Award® nominee Greg Kinnear as
Todd Burpo, the real-life father whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth ... things he couldn't possibly know.
Rated PG                            runs 1 hr 40 min

Aug 15  7pm
Free Family Movie Night:  Muppets Most Wanted
There's plenty of fun for the whole family as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows the Muppets, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Now Kermit is behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya, and the World's Number One Criminal, Constantine -- a dead ringer for Kermit -- has taken his placeWill Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day? Packed with dozens of guest cameos and some great new songs, Disney's MUPPETS MOST WANTED is the most hilarious, most wanted Muppet movie ever!
Rated PG                          runs 1 hr 47 min


Friday, July 11, 2014

Can You Help Us Expand our DVD Collection?


Following is the library's "DVD Wish List."  We are trying to update our movie collection and get rid of our VHS tapes. But some sought after movies we still only have on VHS and lack the funds to replace with DVDs. If you have any of them in DVD format and you no longer watch them, please consider donating them to the Homer Library! Your generosity will be very much appreciated!  Don't forget your donation to the library may be tax deductible. 

13 Assassins 2010
1984 (which came out in 1984)
A Christmas Story 1983
The Artist 2011
About Schmidt 2002
African Queen
Aliens 1986
American Splendor 2003
Anastasia (Disney)
Annie Hall 1977
Aristocats (Disney)
Apocalypse Now            1979
Back to the Future 1985
Before Sunset 2004
Being John Malkovich 1999
Big 1988
Blade Runner 1982
Bloody Sunday 2002
Boys Don’t Cry 1999
Brazil 1985
Cape Fear 1962
Children of Men 2006
Chinatown 1974
Citizen Kane 1941
City of God 2002
Dirty Dancing
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007
Do the Right Thing 1989
Duck Soup (the Marx Brothers) 1933
The English Patient 1996
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
The French Connection 1971
Fargo 1996
From Here to Eternity
The Godfather 1972
Gorillas in the Mist
Gandhi 1982
Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001
House of Flying Daggers 2004
Home Alone 1990
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1966
In the Heat of the Night
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Jaws 1975
The Joy Luck Club
Key Largo
The Kid (Charlie Chaplin) 1921
The Kids Are All Right 2010

The Lives of Others 2006
La Dolce Vita 1960
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
Lonesome Dove
The Matrix (the first movie – we have the second and third)
The Muppet Movie 1979
Memento 2000
Metropolis 1927
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Monty Python and the Holly Grail 1975 (we don’t have any Monty Python)
Old Yeller
On the Waterfront 1954
The Producers 2005
Pan’s Labyrinth 2006
Patton 1970
Persepolis 2007
The Red Balloon 1956
Raging Bull 1980
Rio Grande
Rushmore 1998
Rocky 1976
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
Say Anything 1989
Schindler’s List 1993
Seven Samurai 1954
Shakespeare in Love 1998
Some Like it Hot 1959
Stand By Me 1986
Star Wars – the only one we have on DVD is Revenge of the Sith (episode 3)
Steel Magnolias
The Straight Story 1999
The Ten Commandments
The Thorn Birds
The Tree of Life 2011
The Triplets of Belleville 2003
The Truman Show 1998
Taxi Driver 1976
Thelma & Louise 1991
There Will Be Blood 2007
This is Spinal Tap 1984
Titanic 1997
Tuck Everlasting
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
The Yearling
Yellow Submarine (the Beatles) 1968

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Eat Pizza! Help the Library!

Do  you like pizza?  Do you want to help the Library? 
Well then.... do we have a deal for you! 

Join the Homer Community Library to enjoy great pizza and support a great cause on Monday, July 7th.  If you eat at one of the following Monical's Pizza Restaurants, they will donate 20% of your total bill (before sales tax) back to the Homer Community Library! But...YOU MUST BRING A COMMUNITY DAY FLIER WITH YOU and you must visit Monical's on July 7th.

Monical's 'Community Day' fundraiser is a fun and easy way for you to support the Homer Community Library.  You can pick up a flier at the library or the Village Clerk's office.

Participating Monical's are located at: 

703 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, IL

2720 S. Philo Rd, Urbana, IL

103 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign, IL

** Remember - a flier must accompany your order for the donation to be applied.**

Monday, June 16, 2014

Non-resident Fee Increase

The Homer Library will be raising the fee for non-resident library cards beginning July 1, 2014. We would like to give our current non-resident patrons a break on the cost. If you renew your membership before July 1st, you can do so at the present rate of $35, and we will extend your membership for a full year from your current expiration date. After July 1, 2014, the non-resident fee will increase to $37.00. This increase is being made to keep up with rising costs, and to equalize non-resident fees with fees that residents pay through their property tax bills.

If you live inside the Homer Village limits, you pay property taxes that support the library.  If you are a resident and don’t have a library card, why not? You are already paying for the same benefits that our paid non-resident card holders receive.

For the most part, the Homer Community Library is supported by the real estate taxes of property owners who live within the boundries of the Village of Homer. However, we are considered to be the designated library for everyone within the Homer School District who does not pay taxes to another library. Paid memberships are required of patrons living in Homer Township (outside the Village limits) and for those families living in Allerton, Broadlands, and Longview. If  you live in Vance Township or in the Sidell Library limits check with those libraries to see if  you are eligible for a card from them – you may be paying taxes to support one of those libraries.  If you do have a library card from another area library you can still use the Homer library as a reciprocal borrower.

For others whom the Homer Community Library is their designated library, a small membership fee is required if they wish to borrow items from the Library. This fee is calculated by determining the average tax that a property owner in Homer pays for library privileges, currently $37.00 a year. The fee covers all family members living under the same roof.

For less than the cost of a restaurant meal, or the price of two books, your Homer Library Card will provide you with access to more than 24,000 items which you can borrow—or enjoy at the Library. These items include over 2400 movies, many current magazines, the use of 5 desktop and 2 laptop computers, audio books, large print volumes, 21,500 plus books, hundreds of CDs, and reference works along with Mango – an on-line language learning program with over 40 languages to choose from. Also, as a member of the Homer Community Library, you’ll gain access to the Illinois Heartland Libraries System, enabling you to borrow from dozens of regional libraries.

Whether you are a resident or a non-resident we hope you will take advantage of the great benefits the library has to offer.  We’d be happy to give you a tour of our collection – just come on in during open library hours.  The Homer Community Library is open Mon., Tues., Thur., & Fri. from 2-7pm; Weds. 9am-2pm; and Sat. 10am-2pm. If you’d like more information call us at 217-896-2121 or email us at

Friday, May 23, 2014

Upcoming Events!

June 2014 Events
Homer Community Library

May 31  All Day!
Find Us at Homer Soda Fest
The Library will be holding a fundraising toss-game and raffle at Homer Soda Fest! You will have the chance to win many prizes including a Kindle, $50 and $25 gift cards, and a wine tasting at Wyldewood Cellars. 
For more info on Soda Fest go to:

June 3  1pm
Summer Reading Program Kicks Off
This is the first day of our 6-week Summer Reading Program, ‘Paws to Read’. For more info, just ask the librarian.

June 7  2-4pm
40th Anniversary Open House
40 years ago the Village of Homer voted on a tax referendum to make us an official tax-supported public library! Join us for cake and punch and see how much has changed in the last 40 years.

June 11  1pm
Movie Matinee:   The Monuments Men
Based on the true story, an unlikely World War II platoon is tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves. How could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians possibly hope to succeed? But as they  found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.
Rated PG-13                                        runs 118 min

June 20  7pm
Free Family Movie Night:  The Lego Movie
This story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Rated PG                          runs 1 hr 40 min

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lot's of New Stuff at the Library

We have started off the month of May with a bang  - or at least a large order of books! We have new books in for every age group and both fiction and non-fiction.  

We have the newest releases from popular authors such as Stuart Woods, John Sandford, David Baldacci, Richard Paul Evans, and James Patterson.  We also have two recent best-sellers in adult fiction from authors you might not recognize as well; Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  We are also adding new mysteries in our paperback collection.  If you haven't checked out the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris you might find them interesting. They take place in Regency England - a place where gentlemen duel with pistols at dawn, fortunes are won and lost at a turn of the card, a decades-old war has turned Europe  into a ravaged battlefield, and in London, a child of six can be hanged for stealing a handkerchief.  This is the world of Sebastian St. Cyr, heir to an earldom, disillusioned Army officer, and now detective. As the author writes, "Think Mr. Darcy with a James Bond edge..."

We are also adding to our young adult collection.  We are keeping up with the series we currently have an are adding new ones frequently.  We have the newest additions to both the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and have just added the first two books of the Virals series by Kathy Reichs.  We are also adding many of this year's Printz award winning and honor books.  The Michael L. Printz award is an American Library Association literary award that recognizes the "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit".  

We haven't forgotten our younger patrons, either! We just got in some cute picture books including the newest Mo Willems book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath.  If you aren't familiar with Mo Willems, he does two really popular sets of books, the Pigeon books and the Elephant and Piggie books.  And there is so much new in our Junior collection that I am going to save that update for a future article.

Don't forget, Friday May 16th is our Free Family Movie Night. This month we will be showing The Nut Job.  An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.  This movie is rated PG and runs 86 minutes. The movie starts at 7pm. --