Community Activities


John Adams: Brilliant Bibliophile
October 6, 2009
7 p.m.

Milner Library
Illinois State University
Main Floor

Members of the Twin City Tale Spinners will share well-researched anecdotes and stories about how books and writing influenced John Adams into becoming a high-spirited boy who played hooky from school, a serious Harvard graduate, as well as a popular lawyer and diplomat. He was the first Vice-President and second President of the United States in addition to being a devoted husband and father with strong religious convictions.


John Adams: Brilliant Bibliophile
October 10, 2009
2:00 p.m.

Normal Public Library
Normal Public Library Community Room
206 W. College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Members of the Twin City Tale Spinners will share well-researched anecdotes and stories about how books and writing influenced John Adams into becoming a high-spirited boy who played hooky from school, a serious Harvard graduate, as well as a popular lawyer and diplomat. He was the first Vice-President and second President of the United States in addition to being a devoted husband and father with strong religious convictions.  A display of period artifacts and refreshments plus a bibliography will be available.


Presidential Coins and Coin Collecting
October 15, 2009
7 8:30 p.m.

Bloomington Public Library
Community Room
205 East Olive Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

The Bloomington Public Library will host a program presented by Jeff Stover, treasurer of the Corn Belt Coin Club on "Presidential Coins and Coin Collecting. Stover has been a member of the club for 20 years, has been collecting United States coins and paper money for the past 40 years and has been a part time dealer for 10 years. The Corn Belt Coin Club was organized in 1950 and currently has about 60 members. It is a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to promote the numismatic hobby and to educate future collectors.


Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources
Milner Library, Illinois State University

After viewing the exhibit and exploring the life and character of John Adams, middle and high school students will use primary sources from the Library of Congress to gain a better understanding of the enormous contributions he made to the founding of our country. They will explore his vanities and hopes, sorrows and fears for our nation in the historical context of his time. Participating teachers and media specialists will receive a primary source set related to John Adams for use in their classroom.

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