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The following Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 programs will be held at Bloomington Public Library. Additional programs are being held at a number of other Bloomington venues and will be added to the schedule at www.lincolnsfestival.net as they become available.

Abraham Lincoln Coloring Contest

Celebrate our community's Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 with a coloring contest! Pick up a Lincoln coloring sheet at the Children's Desk beginning June 25. Return the coloring sheet to the Children's Desk by 5pm on Friday, July 14. Judging will be on Saturday, July 15, at 10am. There will be three categories: 5 years old and younger, 6-8 years old, and 9-12 years old. One winner from each category will be selected. All of the entries will be displated in the Children's Department.

Airing of The Pantagraph Presents Lincoln's in Town!

The Pantagraph Presents: Lincoln's in Town, a film of a local 2009 live production, will air in the Library's Community Room. The film traces Lincoln's story from newly minted lawyer to the presidency to his funeral procession which ran through Bloomington.

Dale Evans on the Dulcimer

While waiting for the wagon ride between the Library and Franklin Park, enjoy dulcimer music by Dale Evans.

Photo op with Abraham Lincoln

Snap a picture with Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Kevin Wood. Bring your phone or camera.

Abraham Lincoln in Illinois: Favorite 8½ Court Cases

Don Chamberlain will discuss Lincoln's practice as a circuit rider and his work on local cases outside of the 8th Judicial Circuit — in federal court, in the Illinois Supreme Court, and in the U.S. Supreme Court. This program will demonstrate the breadth of cases in which Lincoln was involved and the types of arguments he made. He participated in cases both for and against slave owners and both for and against the developing railroad companies of his day. Many of his cases set legal precedence for years to come. Photos of the sites will illustrate the program.

Music of Lincoln and the American Civil War

Enjoy mandolin renditions of songs about Lincoln and the American Civil War played by our local Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra.

Lincoln Teen Craft: Flag Pins

Teens can participate in the weekend's Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 by making a beaded pin that looks like the U.S. flag.

Abraham Lincoln Craft

Children are invited to come to the Children's Department to make a fun Lincoln craft this weekend!

From a Birth of Freedom to a New Birth of Freedom

Portrayed by Kevin Wood, Mr. Lincoln will give a presentation centered on the 12 turbulent years from 1854-1865, when the slavery issue came to a head in our country and nearly broke us apart. Mr. Lincoln will give historical background and talk about events that led him back into politics in the mid-1850s, the increase in tensions, and of course the Civil War. You'll hear directly from some of Mr. Lincoln's best-known speeches and writings at 1:30pm in the Community Room. This program will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with the presenter.

Lincoln's Self-Education in the Liberal Arts

Illinois Wesleyan University's Colwell Professor of English Emeritus, Robert Bray will provide a look at the books that made the deepest impression on Lincoln's young mind (roughly ages 12-21), offering examples from the texts. These will range from crucial primary sources like the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, to important state speeches such as Washington's valedictory address to the country, as well as a range of more general topics in science, literature and religion.