Back to School Time

It’s almost that time again, the kids favorite time of year!  All classes from pre-K through 8th grade at Germantown Elementary take advantage of being right across the street from the library and use it often for school or leisure time reading.  We have many Accelerated Reader books, all marked with grade level and points.  If you’ve given up the reading habit this summer, time to get back to it.  Come in and choose a book now to get ahead of the crowds and make that first AR test a success.  If you’ve recently moved or changed phone numbers, please let us know so we can keep your record up to date.

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Library to be Closed Tuesday, July 25

The library will be closed Tue., July 25 for the annual St. Boniface Church picnic.  Please feel free to use our parking lot if you attend the picnic.  Come out for a great fried chicken and pork roast dinner beginning at 3:30.  The quilt bingo starts at 6:30pm.  There are carnival games and inflatables, soda, snacks and beer.  It’s the most fun you’ll have on a Tuesday!

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Get Ready for the Eclipse

Are you ready for the Great American Eclipse?  The library will have eclipse viewing glasses available for the big day, August 21.  Watch for more details and plan to come to the library for safe viewing of this once in a lifetime event.

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Summer Reading Update


Lots of you have been reading and earning prizes, plus enjoying our weekly activity sheets and Saturday fun days.  Keep up the good work!  Just a reminder, if you’re making a “Pickin’ Chicken” ketchup bottle guitar for our contest, you need to have it here by Sat. July 1.  Judging will be that morning at 11am.  (If you don’t know who Pickin’ Chicken is and why he has a ketchup bottle guitar, come on in and check out one of his many books, written by local author Neal Proud Deer.  They’re guaranteed to make you laugh.)

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Get Ready for Summer Reading!

Are you ready for some way cool activities, games, puzzles and experiments?  Then this summer’s program, “Reading by Design” is for you.  All kids ages 4-12 can register and it’s free!  We’ll have a puppet show on June 10 and a wacky science show on July 8.  In between you can read and earn prizes, plus there will be weekly fun and games here at the library.  YOU MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 3!  Just call us at 523-4820 or email

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Happy National Library Week!

Congratulations to the winners of our coloring and bookmark creation contests.  We got lots of colorful and cute entries and all are on display at the library.  Stop in and look around, have a sweet treat and enjoy your library!

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National Library Week contests

In honor of National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017, the library is holding 2 competions.  For those in grades kindergarten through 4th, we’re having a coloring contest.  Kids in grades 5th through 8th can create their own bookmark.  All coloring pages and bookmarks are due by April 5.  Don’t forget to put your name and phone number on your entry.  We’ll display all entries in the library during National Library Week and winners will be able to choose from a large selection of great new books as prizes.  Good luck to all and get those creative juices flowing!

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Tax Time

As April 15, the deadline for filing taxes approaches, we’d like to remind you that the library can provide some assistance.  We have several of the most popular federal and Illinois forms and their instruction booklets on hand.  There is no charge to pick these up and take them with you.  You can also access the federal and state websites here plus print needed forms or file online at the library.  We have 5 computers available to the public or bring your own laptop and make use of our free wi-fi.

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Honoring Our Deceased Trustees

The library recently installed a plaque in memory of our board of trustees members who have passed away.  We deeply appreciate all who serve the library and community and wanted to be sure they are not forgotten.

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Fabulous Features of the Cloud Library

If you enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks, chances are you probably already make use of the library’s 3M Cloud Library collection.  But did you know you can suggest items for our library to buy?  Just use Cloud Library Filters.  Want to keep track of books you’d like to read in the future, but don’t want to put them on hold yet?  Tap on the flag icon in the item’s information to add it to your Books of Interest tab on the My Books page.

We’ve got lots of hints and tips like this for eBook readers.  If you’re new to eBooks or would like more information, just stop in or call us at 523-4820.  We’ll be glad to get you started.  You simply need to install the 3M Cloud app that’s appropriate for your device(s) – you can install it on up to 5 devices!,  then find eBooks or eAudios by using the app or by browsing the library catalog on this page.   Stop paying for eBooks and make those hard earned tax dollars work for you.


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