The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum down in Springfield is celebrating the 207th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth with Free Admission Day today, Friday, February 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band and other musicians are playing live music.
A copy of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s own hand will be on display February 12-28, 2016. Through the end of the year, one of President Lincoln’s stovepipe hats and Mary Todd Lincoln’s music box will be on display.
Select artworks submitted by children throughout the state as part of the A.L.P.L.M. Children’s Art Contest will go on display Friday, February 12, 2016. They will be on display through Saturday, December 31, 2016. The address of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is 212 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701.
The address of its sister institution Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is 112 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701. The program Art in the Atrium opened an exhibit on Friday, January 15, 2016 that will run through Saturday, April 30, 2016.
In collaboration with the Springfield-based Prairie Arts Alliance, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is displaying an exhibit of thirty-two original artworks from local artists in the Library Atrium. There are twenty-two watercolor paintings, pastel paintings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, and photographs and there are ten three-dimensional objects (ceramics and sculptures). Call Corrin McWhirter, Director of the Prairie Arts Alliance, at (217) 544-2787 for more information.
Please note that the Illinois State Library (I.S.L.) down in Springfield will be closed today, Friday, February 12, 2016 in honor of Lincoln’s birthday. The I.S.L. will also be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 in honor of President’s Day.
In yesterday’s newsletter, the I.S.L. stated, “Victoria Rakowski, a public librarian and co-founder of ‘Make it @ Your Library,’ has recently published a blog post on the Knight Foundation website highlighting the importance of maker kits being distributed to Illinois libraries. ‘Make it @ Your Library’ was founded in 2012 as part of the State Library’s ILEAD USA continuing education program funded in part by an Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. The original intent was to help get all libraries up to speed on the concept of maker spaces and content creation in the library, versus content consumption. The kits include everything from engineering toys to 3-D printers, and have been in constant circulation throughout Illinois since November 2015.”
The I.S.L. circulates these kits. They are eligible for delivery through the Illinois Library Delivery Service and system delivery. T
Libraries can request these kits via I-Share or O.C.L.C. One can search for the kits by title, beginning with “Make It @ Your Library.”
If a kit is not available, contact the I.S.L. circulation desk at icirculation [at] ilsos.net or by calling (217) 782-7573 to reserve a copy.