System Upgrade

Friday, Dec. 26, our cataloging and circulation system will be offline for most of the day due to a scheduled upgrade.  The library will still be open and we will handle business by hand until the system is back online.  However, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RENEW YOUR OWN ITEMS OR PLACE REQUESTS FOR ITEMS OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY ON DEC. 26.  YOU MAY ALSO NOT BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD 3M EBOOKS WHILE THE SYSTEM IS OFFLINE.  You will still be able to read any 3M eBooks you’ve downloaded prior to Dec. 26.  We anticipate the system will be back up and running on Sat. Dec. 27, but will advise as soon as it’s available.  Thanks for your patience!

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Holiday Hours

As the holidays approach, we wanted to let our patrons know about special holiday hours.  The library will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve, Wed. Dec. 24 and will reopen at our regular time of 1pm on Fri. Dec. 26.  Then on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 the library will again close at 1pm and will reopen at 1pm on Fri., Jan. 2.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, healthy Happy New Year!

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War of 1812 History Panels on Display

Currently, the library has on loan 3 large displays from the Illinois Society of the War of 1812.  This group has as part of its mission to locate and place markers on graves of veterans of the War of 1812.  The panels show photos of society members, newly found and marked graves and the descendants of some of the veterans of that long ago and sometimes forgotten war.  If you know of an unmarked grave of a veteran of the War of 1812, you are asked to email the information to  No veteran should ever be forgotten!

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Family Reading Night Fun

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Thursday Nov. 20 about 20 youngsters, their parents and grandparents enjoyed “Build-A-Book” at the library.  The event was led by 4-H junior leaders Jeana and Valerie.  They helped the kids decorate notebooks to take home and write their own stories in later.  Then the ladies shared some of their favorite stories by reading to the children.  Finally, kids were able to check out books to bring home to read to their families.  All who attended received a goody bag of drinks, snacks and good ideas for enjoying many more family reading nights in their own homes.

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November Events

Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 pm Fr. Jack Frerker will be here to read from his latest book, “Colors”.  This is his first children’s book.  He’ll answer readers’ questions and have books for sale.

Thursday, November 20 is Family Reading Night.  Join us at 7pm to build your own book.  Materials will be provided for decorating and beginning to write your very own book.  We’ll also have stories and snacks.  If you can’t be with us on the 20th, at least try to spend a short while as a family reading together some time that day and every day!

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Veterans Day

The library will be closed Tuesday, November 11, in celebration of Veterans Day.  We thank all those who have served our country and hope you enjoy this day in your honor.

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Learn to Knit

Knitting classes will begin again at the library on the first and third Thursdays of each month, starting Nov. 6.  Cost is $10 and the classes will start at 6:30pm.  Bring your own size 8 or 9 metal knitting needles and a pair of sharp scissors.

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Looking for New Board Members

Are you interested in helping run the library?  The next election for Library Board Members is in April 2015 and 4 members’ seats will be open.  Pick up a packet of necessary forms at the library or call us at 523-4820 if you have questions.  Anyone 18 and older who lives in the library district is welcome and encouraged to run.  Applications must be filed the week of December 15.

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4-H Display Case

This month our display case is filled with the colorful projects of our own local 4-H Clovers and Cloverettes.  There are photos, scrapbooks and posters depicting their electricity, fashion, photography, food and animal projects.  There is also lots of information about the club, the fun days they hold in the community and how you can become a member.

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Monster Pillow Workshop

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Once again, the 4H is presenting a Monster Pillow Workshop here at the library.  For only $5 you can choose fabric and trims to make your own unique pillow to take home.  The class will be held Saturday, November 1 from 10am til 12noon.  It’s open to any ages, and a 4H leader will do the machine stitching.  This class filled up fast last year, so if you’re interested, stop in as soon as possible or call the library at 523-4820 to sign up.

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