Summer Reading Program

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This summer’s reading program for kids is called “Read to the Rhythm!” and will be filled with singing, dancing, fun and games.  Sign up begins June 22.  Watch for more details!

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Closed for Memorial Day

This year the library will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

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End of School Year

Don’t let the end of the school year be the end of reading!  Elementary school kids who’ve been striving to reach their AR goals can now relax and read what they want to.  Don’t forget to take books, audiobooks, and ebooks along on your summer travels,  or just for a relaxing day in the backyard.  We also have movies, puppets, games and even fishing poles to help while away those long summer days.  And don’t forget our annual summer reading program.  Sign up will begin on June 22 with our first program on that Saturday at 11am, with the “Sock Rockerz”.  Should be a fun summer and we hope to see lots of you at the library.

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Kaskaskia College Catalogs are Here

If you are interested in attending KC for the summer or fall semesters in 2015 or in the spring of 2016, you may want to pick up a Kaskaskia College catalog, available at our front desk.  The catalogs contain information on programs, curricula offerings and course descriptions and are free while they last.

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Cardinals Baseball Display

This month our display case holds a great baseball collection on loan to us from A.J. and Jack Heimann.  There’s a signed poster of Bob Gibson, a collection of Cardinals World Series tickets, lots of cool, old baseball cards and Red Schoendienst memorabilia.  They have a book, signed photos and even a baseball and bat autographed by Red.  Baseball fans of all ages will want to see this.

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Thanks, Earth Day Volunteers!

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Several junior high students stopped by the library last week to help celebrate Earth Day and make the library a better place.  Outside windows were washed so we can better view the lovely landscaping this spring.  In addition, they re-used old greeting cards to make bookmarks.  These handmade bookmarks are a big hit with young and old here at the library.  Thanks for all your help, kids!

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Small Business Offices Available through Kaskaskia College

Are you a writer, consultant, sales rep or other small business entrepreneurial type in need of office space?  Kaskaskia College’s Small Business Development Center has offices available in Trenton for low rent with exceptional benefits.  Printer, desks, chairs, file cabinets, personal computer and phone system are all included.  For more information contact Steven Groner at 545-3260 or

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Fun from National Library Week

The library was the place to be during National Library Week this year.  Lots of classes came to visit and everyone left with a candy watch saying “Time to Read a Good Book”!  Kids in grades kindergarten through 4th grade helped us celebrate by entering our coloring contest.  The winners this year were Barrette Leath, Kaelyn Gebke, Hailey Weathers, Sami Argo, Dylan Poettker and Hailea Colston.  All the colorful entries are on display and brightening up the library!
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New Germantown History Display

During the month of April, we are fortunate to have on display a small part of the collection of the late Hilda Brueggemann, noted area historian.  Upon her death, Mrs. Brueggemann’s family left her extensive collection of books and documents to the Germantown Historical Society.  They have kindly put some of those items in our display case.  Included are early plat books and an undated Clinton County Farm Directory listing such phone numbers as 2 and 76!  There are also numerous centennial books from towns in this  county and surrounding areas and even the 1933 souvenir booklet of the Germantown Centennial.

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World Book Web

Where can you find a list of NCAA basketball champions from 1939 to the present?  Where can you see pictures of and information about your favorite animals or today’s most popular celebrities?  Get science fair project ideas or accurate information for school reports?  Games, activities and crafts?  Interactive maps?

Just click on the “World Book Web” graphic on the right side of our homepage, right next to this post, in fact!  This is a trusted, accurate, updated daily version of the World Book Encyclopedia and it’s free to our patrons.  If you’re in the library, just click and go.  Anywhere else, once you click on the graphic, you’ll be asked for your library card number.  That’s the barcode on the back of your library card and if you don’t know it, we’ll be glad to give it to you.

Don’t take chances with incorrect information you might find elsewhere online.  Trust the library and World Book  for both fun and facts.

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