Wednesday, October 12, 2016

E-books at the Homer Library!

Did you know that you can now access e-Books through our library?  Thanks to the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library, we now have access to e-Books through a great program, eRead Illinois. This program was created to help expand access to e-books across the state and is a great benefit to small, rural libraries like ours. This program gives our patrons access to thousands of e-Books and audio books on the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform.  

Homer Community Library card holders can download an app to their smart phone, iPad, most Kindles, or software for either their Mac or PC computer.  Each device has a slightly different set of instructions but they are all pretty easy to set up and use.  You can find full instructions and more information at our website www.homercommunitylibrary.com - just click on the eBooks link at the top of the page. If you can't access our site or just prefer in-person help, come to one of our help sessions.

The Homer Community Library will hold two help sessions where people can come in and find out more about e-Books and get help setting up their devices.  Come and visit us from 5-7pm on either Thursday, October 20th or Monday, October 24th to find out more about this program or to get assistance.  If you can't make it either of these times just call the librarians and schedule a time to come in.

If you don't currently have a Homer Community Library card and would like to take advantage of this new service, contact us.  If you live in the Village of Homer proper, you pay taxes that support the library so are eligible to receive a library card.  We just need proof of residency and a photo ID.  If you live within the Heritage School District and do not have another library that serves you (Sidell, St. Joseph, or Vance Township might be your home library) you can purchase a non-resident membership for just $37.00 per year which covers everyone in your household. If you're not sure of your status, contact us and we will help you out.

The Homer Community Library is located within the Village Hall at 500 East 2nd Street in Homer. We are open 2-7pm Mon, Tues, Thur, and Fri; 9am-2pm Weds; and 10am-2pm Sat.  Our phone number is 217-896-2121 and our email is homerlibrarian@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

DVD Wish List

OMG - I am so bad about trying to keep this blog up to date.  I just need a volunteer social media person to update my blog and Facebook page.

Anyway.... today's topic is about movies - specifically, those we don't have.... (Seriously??? We don't have a copy of Titanic on DVD?!?!?)

While we have a considerable (I think) movie selection for a library our size, every now and then I am shocked when a patron asks for a movie that I'm sure we have but we don't. After weeding out all of our VHS movies, there is a long list of titles we are missing. We are hoping the community may be able to help by donating any of these movies on DVD that they may have laying around and no longer watch. Remember, donations to the library can be tax deductible, just ask the librarians.

Here is our list:
13 Assassins 2010
90 Minutes in Heaven
A Christmas Story 1983
Anastasia (Disney)
Annie Hall 1977 (or any Woody Allen)
Back Draft
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
City of God 2002
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007
Duck Soup (the Marx Brothers) 1933
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
The French Connection 1971
From Here to Eternity
Gandhi 1982
The Godfather 1972
Gorillas in the Mist
Gunsmoke Season 1 TV series
Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001
Hocus Pocus (with Bette Midler)
House of Flying Daggers 2004
Iron Man 3
The Joy Luck Club
The Kid (Charlie Chaplin) 1921
The Kids Are All Right 2010
The Lives of Others 2006
La Dolce Vita 1960
The Muppet Movie 1979
Memento 2000
Metropolis 1927
Monty Python and the Holly Grail 1975
On the Waterfront 1954
The Producers 2005
Pan’s Labyrinth 2006
Patton 1970
Persepolis 2007
Pride & Prejudice (with Kiera Knightly)
The Red Balloon 1956
Raging Bull 1980
Rio Grande
Rushmore 1998
Rocky 1976
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
Say Anything 1989
Seven Samurai 1954
Shakespeare in Love 1998
Some Like it Hot 1959
Stand By Me 1986
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
Time Bandits
Titanic 1997
Tuck Everlasting
Vertigo
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
The Yearling
Yellow Submarine (the Beatles) 1968
rev 5/19/16.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

January 2016 Events

January 2016 Events
Homer Community Library



Welcome Back to the Library! We are so happy to be able to start offering our regular programs again and hope to see both our regular attendees and some new faces during the coming year. Here are our upcoming January events.


January 12 at 7pm
Board Meeting


January 13 at 1pm
Movie Matinee: The Last Song
Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Seventeen, angry, and alienated from her estranged father, Veronica 'Ronnie' Miller's life gets turned inside out when her mother forces her to spend the summer with him in the small Georgia beach town where he lives. Here, Ronnie finds salvation, friendship, second chances, and first love.
PG 107mins


January 15 at 7pm
Family Movie Night: Shawn the Sheep
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
PG 84 mins





The Homer Community Library Board of Trustees meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the library. Our Movie Matinee is held the 2nd Wednesday and our Family Movie Night is held the 3rd Friday of each month. Let us know if you have suggestions for programming or movie titles.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Long Overdue Update

Yikes! It has been quite a while since I've updated the blog.  

As most of you know, we had a bit of a disaster at the library and have had to move out while they rip out and replace some drywall and carpeting.  We aren't sure when we will be back in our permanent home but hope that it will be sometime this Fall. 

In the mean time, the Library is settling in to it's temporary home. It didn't take long for our die-hard readers and computer users to find our new location. We would like to again thank all of our patrons for their support and understanding while we do repairs to the main Library.

Now that life is getting more settled we are back to cataloging both new releases and donated items. We just added about three dozen newly donated movies and are in the process of adding several new release movies including: The Woman In Gold, The Longest Ride, Sons of Liberty, and the kids' movie Home.

As for books, of course we have Alert – the newest Michael Bennett book by James Patterson as well as the newest releases by Mary Higgins Clark, Catherine Coulture, Jonathan Kellerman and the new book out by Harper Lee. We have an order in that includes the newest books coming out by Sandra Brown and Debbi Macomber but these won't be available until after Aug. 18th. We are continuing to add to our Easy, Junior, and Young Adult collections as well in the hopes that we will be well stocked by the time school roles around and kids need to start accumulating those pesky AR points.

If you haven't been to our temporary home yet, come visit us! We are at 201 South Main Street and are open our normal hours: Mon & Tue 2-7pm, Wed 9am-2pm, Thur & Fri 2-7pm, and Sat 10am-2pm. We have a small collection here and can interlibrary loan anything else you need that we don't have. We have three public computer with wi-fi and limited printing capabilities. The only service we usually offer which we are not able to currently is faxing. We do not have a phone line here. Unfortunately, this also means you can't call us. The best way to get a hold of us right now is through email –homerlibrarian@gmail.com or to stop in and see is in person.

Don't forget, if you need to return materials and can't get them here when we are open, you can still return items to the outside drop boxes at the Village Hall. We are checking those regularly.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Homer Library DVD Wish List

Do you have any of these movies on DVD
and don’t watch them any more?
Consider donating them to the Library!
Don’t forget….. Donations to the Library may be tax deductible!


13 Assassins 2010
1984 (which came out in 1984)
A Christmas Story 1983
A The Artist 2011
About Schmidt 2002
African Queen
Aliens 1986
American Splendor 2003
Anastasia (Disney)
Annie Hall 1977
Apocalypse Now 1979
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
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 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
Rainman
Raging Bull 1980
Rio Grande
Rushmore 1998
Rocky 1976
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
Say Anything 1989
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
Titanic 1997
Tuck Everlasting
Vertigo
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
The Yearling

Yellow Submarine (the Beatles) 1968

Also, if you have movies  you'd consider donating but want to see if we have them first you can check our on-line card catalog (you can also use this to see if we have items you are looking for
and even put a hold on them) go to: 

     opac.libraryworld.com
     library name: Homer Library 


     no password required

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Help Us Replace Our VHS Movies!



Thank you to those who have responded to our DVD donation request. If you didn't see the flyer, we are trying to replace any movies that we still only have on VHS with DVDs. You'd be surprised at some of the titles we don't have on DVD (like Titanic - whaaaaat?). HERE is how you can help -- if you have movies on DVD that are just cluttering up your house, please consider donating them to the library. We also have a list of 'wish list' movies if you'd like to look to buy a specific movie for us or if you'd like to give us money (we LOVE money) we will use it to order movies on our wish list. The librarians have a copy of our list at the circulation desk. We couldn't be as good a library as we are without the help of our generous donors, so THANK YOU for your help!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Arts Education Week at the Library!

Did you know this is Arts Education Week? Did you know you can find many arts education resources at the library? Of course, when you think of arts education you first think of those really thick art history books that we have in the reference section or those really overwhelming (some would say boring) classic books of literature. But there is a lot more to the arts than those intimidating art history tomes or really long books by the Bronte sisters. 

For instance, did you know we have a whole collection of music cd's that showcase many of the different musical styles that have been popular over the years? We have classical, jazz, ragtime, blues, reggea, country, rock and even some more recent alternative music. We even have a small selection of different music styles from around the world. We also have many cd's of early American music which has been saved and reissued by a local St. Joseph company, Archeophone Records.  
For the more serious music student, we have books and audiobook lectures on how to appreciate classical music as well as a few books on how to teach your children about music.  We even have a 20-volume Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 

Aside from fine art, literature and music, film is one of the most popular art forms of today.  We currently have around 2000 movies available for our patrons to check out.  Some are just fun entertainment but many are good examples of film as art. You may have seen our recent flyer asking for donations of some of the classics that we currently only have on old VHS tapes.  The reason we are requesting help updating these is because certain movies are such a part of our culture that it seems like we would be doing our community a disservice by not having them available to future film enthusiasts.  While we try to get in many of the popular new movies, having a well-rounded cultural collection is just as important for film as it is for books.  We believe our library should be a place to find not just classics in literature, but classics in all art forms.  Because of this, we hope to enlighten and educate our patrons on the arts and hope that in many cases we are doing so while they think they are just being entertained by some fun music cd or movie. 

We hope that you will take advantage of your local library and bone up on your arts education this week - even if it is just watching an old movie or listening to some Ella Fitzgerald.