Feeling Crafty??

Thursday evenings in October will be craft night at the Library from 5 pm – 7 pm.  Stop by for a Grab n’ Go craft kit.  Each craft has a fall theme.  You may need some supplies of your own such as scissors or glue.  Some kits have small pieces so they are not recommended for children 3 and under.  We will have coloring sheets available for our younger patrons.  There is a limited number of crafts so they will be available on a first come first serve basis.  

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We’re trying something new since we are not able to have group story time. Come by and try the Story Walk. It is posted in the windows on the north side of the library. Let us know you participated by sending a selfie, posting on Facebook, or sending a message to gma@gtownlibrary.org.

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NEEDED: Library Trustees

Are you interested in helping our library continue to grow and improve?  Consider running for the Library Board of Trustees in the April 2021 election. 

Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions for signatures on September 22nd.  Application must be filed between December 14 and 21, 2021. 

For a petition or for more information, please ask at the front desk. 

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Welcome Back to School – Updated Information

Reminder that children ages 9 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Limit of 10 people at a time for a maximum of 30 minutes.  This is due to maximum occupancy allowed for social distancing.

Restrooms are not available to the public.

We are currently closing one hour early each day for cleaning.

Hours of operation

Monday 10-4 – will close at 3:00

Tuesday 1-8 – will close at 7:00

Wednesday 10-4 – will close at 3:00

Thursday 1-8 – will close at 7:00

Friday 1-6 – will close at 5:00

Saturday 9-12 – will close at 11:00

Thank you for your cooperation during this interesting time.  Following these guidelines will hopefully keep everyone safe and allow us to remain open for your reading needs.

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Online Story Time Videos

Check out the Germantown Public Library Facebook page for an online story time from the Storyline Online company. A new video will be posted each week.

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Farewell to Ms. Joan

It is time for Mrs. Young to check out her last book at our Germantown library. Joan has announced her retirement effective Monday, July 27, 2020. Please stop by to wish Joan farewell or perhaps share a special memory with her. We know she would love to see the many students that benefited from her story times and programs. We will begin an open house at 11:00 on Monday, July 27th so come on by.
We will also welcome Mrs. Kami Komm as our new librarian. Joan and Kami have been working together this past month.

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The Library Will Re-Open to the Public June 29, 2020


Germantown Public Library is happy to reopen our building to patrons as of June 29, 2020.  During Phase 4 of Illinois reopening plans, we ask that you follow these safety and health guidelines, as set down by our Library Board. 

  • Use hand sanitizer, available in the lobby, before entering the library
  • All patrons age 10 and up should wear a mask
  • Patrons under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Curbside service is still available
  • All returns must be made to the outside drop box
  • Maintain a 6-ft distance from those not in your family
  • Limit of 10 people in the library building at any one time
  • Water fountain and restroom are not currently available
  • Only 2 computers available
  • ½ hour time limit on our computers, yours or for browsing
  • If feeling unwell, please stay home
  • We will close 1 hour earlier each day for disinfecting


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Summer Reading 2020

Sign up now for this year’s summer reading program, “Dig Deeper!” You can call 523-4820 or email us at gma@gtownlibrary.org. Registration is open to kids ages 4 and up and is free as always. Participants can read books and do fun activities to earn prizes. Packets with instructions, puzzles, games and reading logs may be picked up beginning Sat. June 20, so sign up today and keep those reading skills sharp this summer!

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Curbside Service Begins June 1

We are very happy to announce that the library will begin curbside service to patrons on June 1! You will have access to any library materials which are in our building. Sorry, Interlibrary Loan delivery (from other libraries’ collections) will not begin for some time. While the library building will remain closed to the public, our drop box will be open to return your items. In addition, you may request items we own by calling us at 523-4820 or emailing gma@gtownlibrary.org. You can also place your own requests by clicking on the Library Catalog link at the right side of this page. You will need your library card number to do this. Any questions at all, please contact us and we will be glad to help. Staff will be in the building for our regular hours beginning June 1 and we will contact you when your item is available for pickup. All items will have been quarantined between patrons for your safety. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

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CLOSED through May

The library remains closed through May 31, 2020. At this time we anticipate a gradual reopening possibly beginning in June with curbside pickup, then limited numbers of people inside the building, and hopefully some kind of modified summer reading program. Stay tuned and stay safe!

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