Watch for us @ the Effingham County Fair!

What a great summer it has been at Helen Matthes Library!  Thank you to everyone who took part in 2014 Paws to Read!  If you haven’t had a chance to check out pictures from our events, follow this link to our Facebook page and take a minute to enjoy the fun!

With August right around the corner, we are excited to announce that we along with your other Effingham County Libraries will be at the Effingham County Fair!  Look for us near the kids “corn pit!”

Do you write?  Learn how to best market and promote your book (or the one you are dreaming of writing) with our Writer’s Promoting Your Book Class!  And, Dr. Who returns on Saturday, August 23 – join us for a premier kickoff on Friday, August 22!  For more details about all our August programs, check our newsletter and then register today.


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!