Register Now for Quit Veggin’ & Get Bookin’ 5K!

April is just around the corner!  Check the library newsletter to see all the great events planned and register now to participate in our Quit Veggin’ and Get Bookin’ 5K!  Check out pictures from last year or share the 5K with your Facebook friends!  And you can still join our Couch to 5K opportunity with Ben Siemer at Siemer Works! Contact Catherine at Helen Matthes Library for more information!


Check Out Seeds @ Helen Matthes Library

Welcome Spring!  It’s been a long, cold winter, and we are excited to see the warm sunshine and beginnings of green in our area.  As you plan your gardening season, visit the library and check out the seeds we have for you to check out and grow at home.

Thanks to funding from the Lumpkin Family Foundation, you can visit the library and borrow or checkout up to five packets of heirloom seeds that you can then grow at home in your own garden or container or at Effingham’s Community Garden, then enjoy the produce while saving a portion of the seeds for yourself for next year’s garden while returning some seeds to the library for us to share with others next year.

For more details, see our Your Guide to the Helen Matthes Seed Library or contact Johnna Schultz, Adult Services Manager.


New Genealogy Resource

Do you enjoy researching your family history?  Try our newest resource to create your family tree!  World Vital Records is the fastest growing online resource for historical and genealogical research.  Search through U.S. census records, newspapers, family trees, Ellis Island passenger arrival records and more!