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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.

Lincoln Coloring Contest

On or after Saturday, June 29, pick up a Lincoln coloring sheet at the Children’s Desk. Then return the completed coloring sheet to the Children’s Desk by 5pm on Friday, July 19. One winner from each age category ── 1-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years, and 10-12 years ── will be chosen on Saturday, July 20, during Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66.

Movie: Lincoln

Enjoy this award-winning film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field.

The Pantagraph Presents: Lincoln's in Town (Film)

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 Rides

The Library is the 2nd stop on the Route.

Dale Evans on the Dulcimer

While waiting for the trolley ride between the Library and other Festival sites, enjoy music played by local dulcimer musician Dale Evans.

Abraham Lincoln: Railroad Man

Presenter Don Chamberlain

From the beginning of his political career, Abraham Lincoln had interest in "internal improvements" which included railroads. His law practice worked both for and against railroads, the subject of many of his most important cases. He also had a large influence on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Join presenter Don Chamberlain as he brings this period of Lincoln's career to life with images in a PowerPoint presentation.

From Log Cabin to White House (Craft)

Calling all builders! Using recyclable and other interesting materials, kids will build structures honoring President Abraham Lincoln. Take a picture of your creation as the structures will remain at the library.

Mary Lincoln's Photograph Album

Presenter Laura Keyes

Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies, yet few people know her story. One piece in the myriad puzzle of her life is her personal photograph album, which she compiled over many years. This precious artifact tells not only Mary Lincoln's story, but that of the Lincoln family as well. Come hear scholar Laura Keyes share the history of this personal item and see for yourself which photographs Mrs. Lincoln kept (and the ones she didn't).

Lincoln Craft for Kids

Come to the Children’s Department to make a Lincoln log cabin craft.

Lincoln Craft for Teens

Come to the teenZone to make a flag pin.

Lincoln on Leadership

Presented by Kevin Wood portraying Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Kevin Wood, will discuss his leadership values and style, i.e., "management by walking around." Lincoln sought different points of view, learned from experience, shared both credit and blame, remained true to principles, and used effective communication. Time for a Q & A session and photos with “Lincoln” will follow the presentation.

Music of Lincoln and the Civil War

Performed by the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

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