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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 the upcoming Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 with a coloring contest! Pick up a Lincoln coloring sheet at the Children's Desk. Return the coloring sheet to the Children's Desk by 5pm on Friday, July 20. 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 chosen on July 21.

Lincoln's Festival: Teen Craft

Teens in grades 6-12 will celebrate Lincoln with a patriotic pin craft which will be offered in teenZone during all the library's open hours. While visiting teenZone, teens can enter a drawing for a Lincoln-inspired gift! The winner's name will be drawn on Monday, July 23.

Classic movie

The movie Young Mr. Lincoln, starring Henry Fonda and Alice Brady, will air in the Community Room.

Abraham Lincoln Craft for Kids

Come to the Children's Department to make a fun Lincoln craft.

The Pantagraph Presents: Lincoln's in Town

This DVD recording of an original play depicts Abraham Lincoln's sojourns in this area. Written by Robert C. Bray and Nancy Steele Brokaw, it follows Lincoln's Bloomington career from his initial appearance as a newly minted lawyer through his best-known legal and political appearances, including the famous "Lost Speech" of 1856, and ending with his funeral train.

Trolley & Wagon Ride Stop

Folks wanting wagon rides between Franklin Park and Bloomington Library and/or the trolley ride to any of the Lincoln's Festival venues will catch the trolley and/or wagon from Olive Street on the north side of the library.

Dale Evans on the Dulcimer

While waiting for the wagon ride between the Library and Franklin Park, enjoy dulcimer music by Dale Evans from 11am-2pm on the Library Patio.

Don't Lose Your Marbles!

Abraham Lincoln loved books, but he also enjoyed a game of marbles. Join us in the Story Room for some modern marble games and activities.

Jesse Fell, Lincoln, and Illinois State University

April Anderson, Archivist for the Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University, will explore the friendship of Jesse Fell and Abraham Lincoln in their early law days. This friendship led to Lincoln serving as ISNU's Board of Education lawyer. Fell also influenced Lincoln's run for president.

The Building of the Illinois Central Railroad

This 3pm program in the Bloomington Library Community Room, will highlight the reasons for and challenges of building the first major railroad in Illinois. Why was it built? Where was it built? How was it built? How did the Illinois Central Railroad change the state's population and identity? What part did Abraham Lincoln play in IC history? Historian Don Chamberlain will tackle these questions.

Lincoln's Lost Speech

Kevin Wood portrays Abraham Lincoln as he recreates and reminisces about the "Lost Speech" Lincoln gave at the Anti-Nebraska Bloomington Convention on May 29, 1856, in Bloomington's Major's Hall. This convention culminated in the founding of Illinois' Republican Party. Time for Q & A and a photo op will follow this 1:30pm presentation in the Community Room. Please bring your own phone/camera for those photos.

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.