IPhone Photography Workshop with Nancy Merkling

On Saturday, April 18, at 2:30 pm, learn to use the camera that is with you the most in this innovative workshop. Learning the basics is paramount to all photography, and the iPhone is no different. Although we may wish our cameras were intuitive enough to read our thoughts and ideas, Apple hasn't turned that corner yet. Too dark? Out of focus? Yep, it happens with any camera. Ms. Merkling will conduct this popular Starline Gallery workshop at the library for a limited class size. Workshop is open only to patrons with a valid library card. Registration is required. Stop by the library or call 815-943-4671 to register. The deadline for registration is April 15.

Libby Fischer Hellman, Crime-Fiction Author

American crime fiction author Libby Fischer Hellman currently resides in Chicago. Most of her novels and stories are set in Chicago as well. She will be at the library on Saturday, April 25, at 2:00 pm. If you love crime fiction, you will enjoy this visit with the author of the Chicago whodunits. Open to the public.

Chris Vallillo returns with "Oh, Freedom, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement"

On Saturday, May 9, at 2:00 pm, folk singer Chris Vallillo will be at the library to present Oh, Freedom! The Civil Rights Movement has been described as one of the greatest singing movements that this country has experienced. From "We Shall Overcome" to "This Little Light of Mine," music played a vital role in that historic struggle both as an inspirational rallying point and as a way to spread the message of equality and justice. Music was a huge part of the process locally and nationally.

In a show created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movement, award winning Illinois folksinger Chris Vallillo performs pivotal songs from the music that inspired and sustained this landmark social movement. Intermixed with the music, Vallillo presents first hand accounts of the historic struggle and discusses the impact of music to our nation's most important social cause. (Free admission and open to the public.)

National Library Week - Food for Fines - April 11 to 18

In honor of National Library Week, the library will offer a Food for Fines outreach beginning Monday, April 13 and ending Saturday, April 18, with a two-fold goal of 1) encouraging return of our materials and reducing accumulated fines; and 2) benefiting the Harvard Food Pantry and our community. Patrons with outstanding fines for overdue materials may have their fines erased or reduced by donating canned or boxed food items or personal care products as outlined in a list available at the library. $1.00 in fines will be forgiven for each qualifying item donated. Maximum fines waived for any one library card will be $25.00. Bills for lost or damaged items and fines owed to other libraries are not eligible.

Donations must be brought to the Circulation desk where staff will assess the amount of the donation and apply the appropriate credit to the patron's outstanding fine balance. Home-canned items, out-of-date, dented, or damaged cans or items with labels or barcode areas removed or defaced will not be accepted. Please refer to the library for acceptable items. Call 815-943-4671 for more information.

Harvard High School Student Art Show

Once again this year, the talented art students at the high school will display their art and craft at the library from April 27 through May 8 during regular library hours. From paintings, sculpture, and assemblage to jewelry, their art will impress you.

New World Travel Databases Available

Thanks to the Harvard Rotary Club for funding three new world and domestic travel information databases. To see full descriptions or try them out, click on "A to Z World Databases" at the top right of this page, or in the left-hand column. (Users at home or on Wi-Fi connections in the library will need their library card number in order to connect.)

We also remind you that additional on-line data resources, including educational materials, auto repair, legal forms, and antiques and collectible pricing, are available under "Gale Databases" at the top right or in the left-hand column. All these resources are available to home internet users with a valid library card, or to any user at a library-owned computer station in the library itself.

Downloadable e-Materials Now Available

Zinio eMagazines are here! This free service offers 11 popular magazines in digital format. Browse our collection of full color titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. For more information about the service, click 'eDownloads' on the left or at the top right of this page.

Downloadable books for e-readers such as the Kindle™, Nook™, Kobo™, or Sony™ readers are now available to Harvard Diggins Library card holders. Audiobooks can also be borrowed and downloaded to your computer or portable player.

Additional audiobooks are available from OneClick Digital, a service of Recorded Books, Inc.

For the details on both services, CLICK HERE.

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E-Pay: a New Payment Option

Thanks to a program created by the State of Illinois, you can now use your credit card (Master Card, Discover, or American Express) to pay library fines and fees over the web or at the circulation desk. A convenience charge will be added to your payment, and you can find more details about the program at this link. The link to follow when you wish to make an online payment now appears in the left hand column of this page immediately beneath More Links. The library will also continue to accept cash or your personal check with ID, as always. Please call the library at 815-943-4671 for more information or if you have questions.

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