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2020 Peonies

Peonies from 2020

Whites (30 specimens recorded)

  Number Color Form Identity guess
1 2020-073 blush double Belle Chinoise?
2 2020-093 blush double Belle Chinoise?
3 2020-095 blush double Belle Chinoise?
4 2020-061 blush pink double Belle Chinoise?
5 2020-054 blush pink double Belle Chinoise?
6 2020-118 blush pink outer petals cream blush double Belle Chinoise?
7 2020-051 white double Betsey Ross?
8 2020-017 white with flecks of red on some double Betsey Ross?
9 2020-055 white with red splotches double Betsey Ross?
10 2020-060 white with red splotches double Betsey Ross?
11 2020-033 white with splashes double  Betsey Ross?
12 2020-080 white bomb Carolina Moon?
13 2020-077 blush pink with bright yellow centers Japanese Moon of Nippon?
14 2020-036 white NOT Blooming Japanese Moon of Nippon?
15 2020-006 white with yellow center Japanese Moon of Nippon?
16 2020-119 white with yellow center Japanese Sitka?
17 2020-012 white with yellow center and red carpels Japanese Variety1
18 2020-069 white with yellow center and red carpels Japanese Variety1
19 2020-092 blush bomb Variety2
20 2020-019 palest pink with cream centers and flecks of red on some bomb Variety2
21 2020-110 white with cream center and pink stamen bomb Variety2
22 2020-010 white with flecks of red on some bomb Variety2
23 2020-024 white double Variety3
24 2020-005 white double Variety3
25 2020-117 white double Variety3
26 2020-122 white  double Variety3
27 2020-062 white - pure white double Variety3
28 2020-048 white with salmon center splashes double Variety4
29 2020-084 white with salmon centers double Variety4
30 2020-026 white bomb Variety5


American Peony Society Registry

Peony Database

LME Library's catalog search for peonies

Pandemic Response

The LME Library is open to the public.


The LME Library is at phase 5 of our reopening proceduresWe will continue to monitor the directives provided by federal, state and local officials and are committed to creating an environment that minimizes the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 (coronavirus). The following measures have been enacted to lower the risk to both our staff and our library users of exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus.


Facility Use Limitations (Updated April 2022):

Facial Coverings: Masks are optional.

Health Awareness: Patrons and staff are asked to be aware of their own health. If you feel unwell, please stay home. 

Hours of Operation: The library hours of operation as of 9/7/21 are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9am-8pm, Wednesday & Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Hygiene Practices: Create social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible. Wash your hands with soap and water often or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

Rooms & Programs: Both study rooms are available to the public on a first-come; first-served basis. In-library programming has resumed. Meeting room reservations are being accepted. 

Computer Use: Public computers are available for use.

Holds delivery: System-wide delivery of materials from other libraries restarted on June 29, 2020. 


Alternatives to Library Visits

For patrons unable to enter public spaces, the library will continue to offer the following services: 

  • Curbside pickup: patrons may call 385-4540 or email requests This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and arrange for a pickup time.
  • Online services are available through the library’s website. These include ebooks, eaudios, subscription databases, and other online resources.

Returned materials are not quarantined. Fines for overdue/late return resumed March 7, 2022. Please contact the library if you need any due dates extended.


You can continue to use the library without visiting by downloading eBooks; listening to downloadable and streaming audiobooks; reading digital comics, newspapers, and magazines; learning a language; and much more. Stay connected with us on social media like facebook for more ideas for things to do with your library card, and ways to stay healthy and happy during this complicated time. 



The library has created a resource list and will continue to add to it as more resources are located. We have put it on our website under RESOURCES | CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES


Our first post regarding the novel coronavirus on our Librarian's blog was on March 10, 2020


What LME Library is doing to help prevent the spread of any infectious diseases:

We are currently following Illinois' Emergency rules adopted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and guidelines set forth by the Centers for disease Control (CDC) and the Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD). We are also following the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) guidelines for COVID-19 and frequently reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information for workers.


What you can do to help:

Your help is greatly appreciated to help minimize the spread of disease. Here are some simple steps you can take to help.

  1. Continue limiting in-person contact with others and expand social contact cautiously.
  2. Get vaccinated as soon as you are able.
  3. Practice social distancing and wear a mask when needed or required.
  4. Wash hands frequently using the World Health Organization (WHO) video on hand washing.
  5. Practice good hygiene by regularly disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and avoid touching your face.  
  6. Cover your coughs or sneezes.
  7. Stay home if you are sick or have sick family members at home.

There are additional practices in this handout from the CDC on how to protect yourself and others.


Coronavirus Resources


World Health Organzation (WHO) video on hand washing


Center for Disease Control Coronavirus page


Occupational Safety and Health Administration's information for workers


World Health Organization's site to combat misinformation


Worldometers Cononavirus Outbreak


CDC Case Tracker


COVID-19 Projections


IL Dept of Public Health Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CORVID-19) 


Illinois COVID Data by Zip Code


 Peoria County Health Department’s Page on COVID-19


What is my Covid risk? (Center for Digital Health, Brown University) 


COVID Explained - Emily Oster (economics, Brown Univ.) is perhaps best known for her evidence-based guides, but her latest project finds her teaming up with Galit Alter (medicine, Harvard Medical Sch.) and researchers and students at institutions including Brown, MIT, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital to launch COVID Explained, a site that aims to provide unbiased, comprehensive information to help people make good decisions.


University of Toronto How to spot misinformation about the coronavirus


Big Table Peoria's COVID-19 resources


All in Illinois 


Illinois Municipal League COVID-19 Resources


Illinois Library Association


How you can help

Get Us PPE

Illinois PPE Network

OSF HealthCare Response for Novel Coronavirus

UnityPoint Hospital's "How to Help" page

University of Utah Libraries PPE page


Library information 

LME Library's Pademic Response page


Illinos Library Association


Everylibrary’s Resources for Libraries on Coronavirus


ALA’s Pandemic Preparedness


Reaching Across Illinois Library System COVID-19


Heartland Library Sytem COVID-19


IMLS COVID-19 Resources for Libraries and Museums


IMLS Midigating COVID-19 When Managing Library Collections


WebJunction's Libraries and the Coronavirus: Evolving Information and Resources


EDGE Library Coronavirus Resources



Library 2.0 Libraries Stepping Up (recorded sessions)


Libraries and 3D Printer-made Masks, Face Shields, and Component Parts for High-Risk Health Care Workers


Letter from the Illinois State Library


Memo from the Department of Central Management Services



Princeville Peony Project

In 2020, the Lillie M. Evans Library District started the Princeville Peony Project or P3. We worked with the Princeville Heritage Museum and other community organizations to locate, photograph, and identify Auten peonies still growing in and around Princeville.This project will take several years to complete, but we have started to catalog some of the iconic images of Princeville—the Auten peonies.

Want to see some of the 122 specimens photographed in 2020. Click here! (This page is under construction so please be patient as we work through the images and identification)

Do you have an Auten peony? If you are certain you have an Auten variety and can identify it by name, please fill out this form online or call the library. Please contact us after your peonies have started blooming so that we can get photos for identification purposes. The library website is and our phone number is 385-4540. For now, we are focusing only on peonies of known Auten varieties. In subsequent years, we hope to open identification to possible Auten varieties but we want to focus on the known specimens first.

Thank you for helping us preserve our local history!

Peonies and Princeville

Princeville is known locally as the Peony Capital of the World due to Edward Auten, Jr. and his fields of peonies. Mr. Auten was a life-long Princeville resident who was educated at Harvard University. He graduated with a degree in economics and music and worked at his father’s bank, Auten & Auten. He had many interests and was an accomplished organist and composer.

Mr. Auten started growing peonies as a hobby. He turned to peonies after abandoning roses due to their thorns and difficulty overwintering. As his passion for peonies grew, it became a full-time business. From 1925 until he retired in 1963, Mr. Auten introduced almost 300 named varieties of peonies—many still popular today.

Auten peony fields drew visitors from across the state and around the country. Peonies would bloom in May and June along both sides of Route 91 on the north side of town and by the village of Monica, a few miles west of Princeville. Princeville’s first “Peony Day” was held on Sunday, June 6, 1937 and became an annual event. Crowds flocked to Princeville so they could view the fields and purchase varieties.

Edward Auten Jr. died on May 13, 1974 at the age of 92. By the time he retired at the age of 81, he had devoted more than 50 years to growing and hybridizing peonies. The fields are gone now, but Mr. Auten’s legacy and his impact on Princeville remains.

For more information about peonies, please visit the American Peony Society's website at: If you type AUTEN in the search bar, the varieties shown will be Auten peonies. link:

[Photo courtesy of the Princeville Heritage Museum]

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Princeville 50k in May

50k in May - WEB

Open to all ages and all activity levels - walk, run, bike, or workout. Join the Princeville 50k in May virtual challenge to stay fit and active!

Fitness classes may be postponed and gyms may be closed, but the sidewalks and the Rock Island Trail are open. There's no better way to social distance than going for a walk around the neighborhood, following along to a workout video, lifting weights, or biking the Trail. 

What is a Virtual Challenge?

A virtual challenge is a challenge that can be accomplished from any location and with any workout you choose. You can run, walk, jog, bike, follow a workout video, lift weights in your basement, etc. As long as you stay active, you'll defeat the challenge!

The rules are simple:

  • Run, walk, jog, bike or exercise on your own time at your own pace
  • Keep track of each kilometer/minute you are active. Download the log below or use an app to record each distance.
  • Stack up 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) by May 30.
  • Connect with us and other participants by tagging your photos #Princeville50k on social media

Mile Converter Info
Not a runner? That's OK! If you'd rather lift weights, go for a family walk, ride your bike, or follow a workout video online, you still count it toward your goal. Minutes go by 10 minute increments with each 10 min = 1 kilometer. The form has an easy calculation to convert minutes to kilometers if you choose to use minutes instead of kilometers.

50k=31 miles     1k=.62 mile

Kilometer/Minute converter for walking, biking, etc: 10 minutes = 1k

Calculation: X Min divided by 10 multiplied by 1 Kilometer = X Kilometers
Examples: 10 Min=1 Kilometer / 30 Min=3 Kilometers / 45 Min=4.5 Kilometers / 60 Min=6 Kilometers

This challenge is open to all ages and all activity levels.

Keep Track of your Kilometers

It’s easy to keep track of your Princeville 50k in May activities. You can

Join the Princeville 50k in May virtual challenge to stay fit and active!

LME Hotspots

Hotspots A hotspot is a wi-fi device you can use to connect a mobile-enabled device, such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, to the Internet. The hotspots are portable and Mobile Beacon’s internet service is provided on Sprint’s 4G LTE network. The hotspot has unlimited data but can only be used within the continental United States. The coverage area can be viewed at   

The Lillie M. Evans Library District makes hotspots available to LME Library card holders to assist in research, networking, recreation and document or presentation production needs. Hotspots are provided according to availability.

The following rules and regulations apply:

1. The Lillie M. Evans Library lends hotspot devices to LME Library cardholders ages 18 or above with library cards in good standing (i.e. library card is not blocked due to unpaid fines or lost materials) and who have held a LME Library card for at least 90 days. 

2. In addition, the LME Library’s Internet Policy & Agreement and a Hotspot Patron Agreement Form must also be completed.

3. Hotspots checkout is limited to one per household. When the hotspot is returned, there is a 24-hour waiting period to checkout another hotspot device by that household.

4. The loan period is 7 days, and it cannot be renewed or reserved. 

5. Hotspots are available at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The library reserves the right to refuse service to patrons who abuse equipment or who are repeatedly late in returning materials. 

6. Hotspots are to be returned inside the library at the circulation desk, not in the book drop. Patrons will be held responsible for damage to the item if it is returned in the book drop. Hot spots must be kept in a temperature controlled environment (not left in vehicles or in extreme temperature environments).

7. Fines for unreturned hotspots are $5 per day and will accumulate up to the full replacement cost of $75 for a hotspot that is not returned. If the hotspot is overdue, the service will be cut off and the user’s library privileges will be suspended.

8. The library is not responsible for any liability, damages or expense resulting from use or misuse of the device, connection of the device to other electronic devices, or data loss resulting from use of device. 

9. The borrower assumes full responsibility for the cost of repair or replacement in the event that the hotspot is lost, stolen or damaged. The Library staff will assess the technological issues and charge the borrower accordingly. Missing parts will result in the following charges:

    • Hotspot: $75
    • USB cable:$15
    • Adapter:$15
    • Case:$15

If the hotspot is not returned, its wireless service will be discontinued and the hotspot will be unusable.  

10. The Library is not responsible for information accessed using this device or for personal information that is shared over the internet. Hotspot users are encouraged to follow safe internet practices.

11. The following behaviors can result in the suspension of hotspot privileges and/or criminal prosecution:   Three (3) late returns for any device checkout will result in being permanently banned from borrowing all hotspot devices.

    • Viewing, displaying, or disseminating materials that are judged in accordance with current legal definitions as being obscene.
    • Use of the internet in any way which violates federal, state, or municipal laws.
    • Failure to return devices in a timely manner.

12. Three (3) late returns for any device checkout will result in being permanently banned from borrowing all hotspot devices.

     To view the Hotspot Lending Policy in printable form, click here.

     The Hotspot Patron Agreement Form is available here.

     The Hotspot User Survey is available here.

     The Patron instruction sheet is available here.

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