Programs For All Ages

Food for Fines

Help our community residents while reducing/eliminating your fines! Bring in your non-perishable food items from November 1-December 16 to earn $1 in fine credit for each item donated. The credit cannot be used at other libraries or for lost or damaged items. As we are donating the collected food to a local pantry, please do not bring expired food or food without labels. Ramen noodles and Kool-Aid are 4 packages/dollar credit (limit 24).

Library Card Sign up Month
September 1-30

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! After you obtain your library card, take a selfie (with your card) at our iPad photo booth station and send it to the library. Our favorite photo will win a $50 gift card. Share a selfie with your favorite book on our Twitter or Facebook page for a chance to win a prize.

Gotta Catch ‘em All
September 1-30

Eight Pokémon are running loose in the library! Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a Pokédex sheet to see if you can help catch our 8 missing Pokémon. Find them all and win a prize. No technology required!

Grandparent’s Day Breakfast
Saturday, September 9

Celebrate your Grandparents and show them how very special they are! Treat them to a special breakfast, and enjoy some fun and games planned in their honor. Light breakfast will be served. Advanced registration required. Limit 15 pairs of children and grandparents.

Play-Doh Day
Friday, September 15

Let’s get ready to squish, pull and roll Play-Doh is celebration of National Play-Doh Day. Play-Doh is a fantastic way for children to practice fine motor, creative, and problem-solving skills that are important for literacy development. We will create a world of hands-on adventures through the Play-Doh TOUCH app to see your physical creations rendered virtually! Plenty of Play-Doh and sculpting tools will be provided.

Walgreens Flu Shot
Thursday, October 5

Walgreens is partnering with the Library to offer free flu shots! The shots are available on a first come, first served basis and are administered by Walgreens staff. This season’s vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season.

Pneumonia and Shingles shots will be available for a small fee. Please bring your Medicare or other insurance card to confirm coverage. 

2017-2018 Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Tickets Available

Stop by the Reference Desk to obtain free passes to the following IPO performances: Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Feb. 9, Mar. 9 & Apr. 13. Two [2] Passes are available for each performance and may be obtained within 7 days of the concert date. For more details about the Check Out IPO passes, please contact the Reference Desk.

Family Teamwork ChallengeCANCELLED
Monday, October 9

Get ready, set, go! You are being timed. Can you think outside the box? Then this game is for you. Your challenge is to work as a team to open our locked box using critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. The team that unlocks the box in the shortest time will win a prize. Each team must have 1 teen and 1 adult to register. Advance registration required by September 25.

Candy Apple Making Class
Thursday, October 19

Get in the mood for autumn by learning how to make candy apples, just in time for Halloween. You’ll choose your candy coating and a topping from the topping bar. Children 8 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required. Limit 25.

Halloween Bash
Friday, October 20

This annual, community event offers a safe alternative to traditional trick or treat events and provides entertainment for the whole family. We’ll have trunk or treating, costume contests for the kids, crafts, games and much more! All are welcome to attend this FREE kid-friendly event and are encouraged to dress in costume.

Storybook Pumpkin Contest
Drop Off: October 20-25
Voting: October 26-30

In the spirit of the holiday season, patrons of all ages are invited to decorate a pumpkin like their favorite book character. Bring in your decorated pumpkins from October 20-25 and patrons will vote for their favorite from October 26-30. Winners will be notified on October 31. No carved pumpkins, please!

America’s Most Haunted
Wednesday, October 25

Just in time for the holiday, join TnT Paranormal as they take you through a virtual tour of some of the most haunted locations in our area and across America. During this virtual tour they will discuss some of the claims and stories from those locations, as well as review some of the data collected. Advance registration required.

Family Turkey Bowl
Friday, November 10

What is more unique than bowling with a frozen turkey in honor of the holiday season? It’s a super fun, family activity that is a lot harder than it looks. A festive pie-eating and silly turkey call contest are also on the menu for the evening. Prizes will be awarded to the bowling and pie-eating contest winners and the team with the best homemade bowling shirts. Team registration required. Limited to 8 teams of 4. Ages 4 and up. Younger children are welcome, but cannot participate in the competition.

Fall Chili Cook-off  Event Cancelled
Saturday, November 11
Entries must arrive by Noon

If you have a favorite secret chili recipe, we are looking for you! Prepare your special recipe and enter for a chance to be our 2017 Chili Champion. Patrons are invited to come to the Library at 12:15 to sample and vote for their favorite entry. Advanced registration required. Official rules and entry form will be available at the Reference desk beginning October 23.


8th Annual Holiday Spectacular
Wednesday, December 6

Ring in the 2017 holiday season at the 8th Annual Holiday Spectacular! There will be Christmas carols by local students, refreshments (sponsored by the Friends of the Library) and a special visit by the jolly one himself! Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for holiday photos.

Winter Craft Market
Saturday, December 9

It’s a special shopping event right before the holidays! The library will be the perfect place to shop for last minute gifts, stocking stuffers, handmade jewelry, housewares, art and lots more. Shop local this year by purchasing beautiful, handmade artisan goods that is hand made by your neighbors.

We welcome vendors who have created a variety of handmade products. A non-refundable fee of $10 reserves your selling space and is payable when you reserve your spot. You must provide your own table. Applications are available at the Reference Desk. The application deadline is November 1.