The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, from its reference librarian and Taylorville native Gwen Podeschi, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Podeschi told the Kiwanis members that although the Abraham Lincoln Museum is only 10 years old, the Lincoln Library dates back some 125 years, and has been in 4 different locations since its founding. The library is currently across the street from the Museum, at 112 North 6th.
Podeschi said the Lincoln Library now consists of some 300-thousand books, some 400-thousand photos, and countless Lincoln-era artifacts including the first non-government book published in Illinois, in 1834. It even has a proclamation from the Bishop of London dated 1274.
Kiwanis members were reminded that next week's meeting is being moved from Tuesday, March 17th, to Thursday, March 19th, to accommodate next week's guest speaker, who is Svetlana Gorokhova from the All-Russia State Library. Guests are welcome to attend next Thursday's luncheon at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. Reservations are suggested by calling Kiwanis president Blain Cornwell at 824-2241.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.