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Oct 202016




Author and outdoor adventurer, Kyle Packer, will do a book signing at Flora Public Library on Saturday, October 29, from 1:00-3:00pm.   Kyle will be signing copies of his children’s book, “Stare if You Dare”.  Copies of his documentary, “An Uphill Climb,” will be available too.  “Stare if You Dare is available for $9.99 and “An Uphill Climb” is $20.00.  A combo of the two items is available for $20.00.

Kyle Packer was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair much of the time. He grew up with people telling him everything that he couldn’t do.  When he was twenty-one, his life changed from believing those limits to overcoming challenges and excelling to his full potential.  Through a group that enables the handicapped to participate in outdoor activities, Kyle has done white water excursions in the Grand Canyon and made history on a trek to the Mt. Everest base camp.  His documentary details his accomplishments.

Following is a summary of his children’s book, “Stare if You Dare,” which was published in 2013.

“The kids were running and playing on swings, the slide, and a merry-go-round and having lots of fun. As Tommy and his mom got closer and closer, the other kids all stopped playing and started staring at Tommy.”

Tommy is a normal little boy who wants to play with the kids at the park. But all the kids stop and stare because Tommy looks different. What should Tommy do? Find out in the heartwarming book, Stare If You Dare.

 Kyle is from Effingham, IL where he lives with his wife Sheryl. They have three children. Kyle is a motivational speaker to many groups of all abilities and ages.




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Oct 202016



Get a head start on your Christmas Shopping!! Flora Public Library is hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair November 2, 3, & 4 during normal business hours.  LOTS of new titles are available.  50% of the sales will result in FREE books for the library.  

Books are gifts that just keep on giving and giving!!!

Not only will you have Christmas gifts for your loved ones, but you can earn FREE books for the library!! Can’t wait to see you there!!!

If you can’t make it to the library you are welcome to order online at the following:

Upon your Checkout, choose the Flora Public Library and the books will ship directly to you.

Usborne Consultant, Ginger Robins, will be present on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 4 to help you make selections and/or answer any questions you may have.


Oct 052016


Flora Public Library is announcing a fundraiser for the library’s technology fund. FPL recently had its HARSTAN collection digitized in order to preserve it.

Digital copies of HARSTAN yearbooks from Flora High School, for years 1920-1977 will be made available for sale to the public. Years 1978-2001 may be released at a later date.  Editions from the last 15 years, will not be made available for sale to the public.  This is in compliance with the agreement made with Flora High School prohibiting sale of the last 15 years of HARSTANS.

Each copy of the HARSTAN requested for purchase will be saved onto an individual flash drive provided by the library. Multiple copies of the same year will be saved on individual flash drives as well.  One copy, regardless of date, equals one flash drive.  Digital editions from 1920-1977 will be available for purchase for $25.00 per copy, both for same year and different years.  Any defective flash drive will be replaced upon return of the original to the library within 30 days of purchase.  For computer security reasons, copies will not be saved to personal devices.

HARSTANS will be ordered by filling out an order form and returning it to the library. Order forms must accompany all orders.  Order forms may be obtained in person at the library, downloaded from the library website at or requested by email at  Anyone paying with PayPal will use the PayPal form on the library website.  A postage fee of $4.00 will be charged per flash drive if an order is mailed.

Patrons needing HARSTANS for years 1978-current, may use the print editions that are part of the library’s Local History Collection. Patrons may contact Lisa Hemrich, Yearbook Coordinator at Flora High School, 618-662-8316, about purchasing print copies of the HARSTAN that are still available for the last fifteen years.

Proceeds from digital HARSTAN sales go to Flora Public Library’s Technology Fund. Digital HARSTANS would make great birthday, anniversary or Christmas gifts!!!

Library Sponsors Pet Food Drive

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Sep 212016




The Flora Public Library, in cooperation with Fur a Good Paws, will be sponsoring a pet food drive, “Feed the Furry,” again this year.  The library’s 7th annual pet food drive begins Monday, September 19 and will end Friday, October 29.  October is Adopt-A-Pet month, too. 


Pet food items, suitable for dogs or cats, may be dropped off at the library during regular operating hours.  Currently, canned and dry food, primarily for cats and kittens, is needed.  All pet food is welcomed.  In addition to food, donations of scoopable and non-scoopable cat litter, and cleaning supplies, such as paper towels, Chlorox Wipes, vinegar, bleach, flea medicine, and large trash bags, would be very helpful.

 Fur a Good Paws is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Clay County that provides a licensed no-kill rescue that cares for homeless pets. The group is grateful to have received a donated building that is being remodeled as its rescue and pet adoption center. The cat area is finished and plans are underway to begin remodeling of the dog area.  The group promotes spaying/neutering and pet adoptions to reduce the number of homeless pets in the community. For more information, visit  They are also on Facebook.

Hours at the library are:  Monday – Thursday 1:30 to 8:30, Friday 10:00 to 6:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 3:00.  For more information please call the library at 662-6553.  Donated items will assist Fur a Good Paws in helping rescue animals and other needy dogs and cats.  Please help our four-footed friends by giving to “Feed the Furry”. 

Friends’ Used Book Sale

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Sep 202016

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Friends’ Used Book Sale

Flora Public Library Community Room
October 8 (Sat) 2016

8am to 3pm

Most items 25¢ cents. Magazines are 10¢ cents ea. No early sales or previews.

Amazon Smile’s for Flora Public Library

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Aug 292016



Now you can shop for your favorite Amazon items and help Flora Public Library at the same time!! AmazonSmile is an easy and automatic way to support your favorite charity or non-profit organization while shopping!!  There is absolutely no cost for shoppers to participate in AmazonSmile!

To help the library:

  1. Shop at, where the convenience, selection and low prices are the same as The exciting thing is that when you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to the charity you have chosen. There are almost a million organizations to choose from. Flora Public Library is one of them!!!
  2. The first time you go to, choose the organization you wish to support from the list and save.
  3. Make sure when you shop, you are on the website and the name of your charitable organization appears below the search bar.
  4. More information about AmazonSmile may be found at 

Thank you for choosing the library to receive your “smiles”!

Please share this post with all of your friends to help spread the news!

Thank you!! Happy shopping!!

Library to Host Local Author, Angela Conrad

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Aug 262016

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Saturday, September 3, 2016
12:00 – 3:00pm

Flora Public Library will host a book signing by local author, Angela Conrad, on Saturday, September 3, from 12:00-3:00pm.  Angela, who has Flora ties, will be signing her book, “Two Brothers, One Journey:  the Loving, Lonely Struggles of an Autism Mom”.  She is the daughter of Jim and Aleta Tackitt and niece of Bob and Barb Tackitt. 

Angela Conrad’s two young sons, Andrew and Trenton, have both been diagnosed with autism, wrecking any chance she can have a normal family life. Every day Angela has a mountain to climb 24/7, just to get somewhere close to keeping her children safe and happy and keep her house from looking like a war zone.  This is her story of how she has battled the effects of a life-changing condition and learned how to handle an insensitive world.   The book is a moving, inspiring read for all those whose lives are touched by autism.

“Everyone deals with storms in their life. The storm I live every day isn’t an easy storm by any means, but it could be worse. Nonetheless, it is my storm. I own it and I will make the most of it. Dance in your storm!”

Angela is a former special education teacher turned autism mom for her two sons. She is a freelance writer for, Autism Parenting Magazine, Her View From Home, & The Mighty. She is the lead volunteer leader for Autism Speaks in Terre Haute, Indiana and dedicates every day to raising awareness and educating the world on autism.  Angela’s strong faith in God is what gets her through the daily struggles of autism.  She is a celebrated speaker in the area of autism and special needs. “I truly believe we all have a purpose in life. Mine was to raise two boys with autism and to make an impact in the world of autism!  It’s not how I would have planned my life but God knows what is best!  I will praise his glory till the day I die for giving me my two angels :)”

cloudLibrary (formerly 3M CloudLibrary) has a new logo!

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Aug 152016


cloudLibrary (formerly 3M CloudLibrary)

our exclusive eBook and eAudiobook lending platform

You’ll still have access to the same great eBook and eAudiobook service, but you’ll notice the app has a fresh new logo design.

The updated icon design will be released this fall in a cloudLibrary update to your desktop application, smartphone or tablet app. You will experience no other major changes to the app apart from the icon logo update. If you have any questions about this change, please stop by our circulation desk or call the library at 662-6553.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Jun 302016

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Happy Fourth of July!
The library will be closed on Monday, July 4th to observe the holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, July 5th at 1:30pm. Thanks.

Memorial Day – Library Closed

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May 252016



Flora Public Library Board of Trustees & Staff would like to thank all of our dedicated veterans,  active & retired service men and women plus their families for making the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve our country’s freedom.