Chris Vallillo to Perform "Abraham Lincoln in Song"

In conjunction with the exhibit Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War that will be on display in the library, musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo will be performing a musical program on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln in Song will be presented on Saturday, July 26, at 2:00 pm and has been endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission as well as being selected as a recommended program for their traveling exhibit. (See details below.)

The historically accurate show uses period music directly associated with Lincoln. With a combination of narrative, storytelling and music, Lincoln's own stiries and words bring to life the man, the President, and the historic times he inhabited. The program is supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, and is free and open to the public. For more information contact the library at 815-943-4671.

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War

Harvard Diggins Librari is pleased to announce a major exhibit at the library. Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War will be on display in the library from Friday, July 26 through Friday, September 5. This exhibit has been especially created for libraries as a traveling exhibition organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Harvard Diggins Library is the only library in McHenry County that will host the exhibit.

When Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860, the United States faced its greatest Constitutional test. How could a country founded on "all men are created equal" continue to tolerate slavery in its Constitution? This exhibit explores the battles — within Lincoln the man, Lincoln the President, the political front, the war, and the fight to save the Union. The exhibit and associated special events (see elsewhere on this page) are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 815-943-4671.

New Research Databases from Gale Group

The library has acquired several new databases. To see full descriptions or try them out, click on "Gale 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.)

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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