320 N Washington St. | (217) 792-5919

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday   9am-1pm

 

Our Staff

Amanda Doherty

  Director

Lynn Lakin

  Children's Librarian

Marilyn Howe

  Library Clerk

Abbey Phillips

  Library Clerk

Ruthie Ruhl

  Library Clerk

Andrea Folkman

  Library Clerk

Lorah Hoe

  Library Clerk / Bookkeeper

Jeff Dirks

  Custodian

 

During our regular business hours we offer fax, copying, lamination, computer access, and Wi-Fi to our patrons. Our shelves are filled with books, DVDs, magazines, and audio books. We also have two local newspapers delivered daily which are available to the public. We offer use of the Overdrive system to allow our patrons access to e-books on their favorite devices. The Library is also connected with over 500 libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System and we can order in items from other libraries at no additional cost to our patrons.

In addition, we have a basement with a full kitchen available for community meetings or gatherings, such as bridal showers, birthday parties, or baby showers. Please contact the library to be added to our calendar.

There is always something going on at the library. We currently offer a Fall and Spring Story-time for K-3rd graders as well as a Fall Play. While our plays are not lengthy, children love to deliver their one or two lines (in full costume and make-up) on our basement stage in front of their family and friends.

Our Summer Reading is a huge draw for our local community. Children in Pre-School through 12th grade can sign up to participate and read a certain number of books or pages each week throughout the summer. Prizes are awarded for those who finish the entire program. This program helps students keep up with their reading while they are out of school. During Summer Reading we have an activity or performer on Tuesdays (10:30 am) throughout the summer months. These programs are open to children in the community whether they are participating in the reading portion of the Summer Reading Program or not.

We have recently begun transforming our Junior section, so it mirrors the Accelerated Reading (AR) Program that is offered at the MPGS Library. The junior section has the same colored labels that represent various reading levels that MPGS students are familiar with. Books checked out from our library qualify as AR books. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of the library clerks.

Our basement is now equipped with a large screen and projector for showing movies. We have a movie license and will be adding various movie dates to our calendar as the year goes on. Keep your eyes peeled for further information.

Our teens (6th through 12th graders) have formed a Teen Advisory Group. These students work with our Youth Services Librarian to determine what activities and materials they would like to see in our library. We love hearing their thoughts and putting them into action. One of their suggestions was a Teen Book Club. Our Teens decide on a book club book, read the story and meet at the library to watch the movie. After the movie, they enjoy snacks and discuss the differences and similarities between the book and movie. This has shown to be a lively discussion.

We have various reading challenges throughout the year for our adult patrons. Our Blind Date with a Good Book is one of our most popular, which takes place during the entire month of February. We have different holiday programs throughout the year and plan to add more each year. We are looking into gardening programs and have plans to continuously add to our adult line-up. Stay tuned for more adult programming coming your way!

We hope you will stop in and see us.

-Amanda Doherty, Library Director