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Library News and Updates

A Universe of Stories. An astronaut with a book reflected in the helmet shield.

Summer Reading - A Universe of Stories

Summer Reading Registration begins May 20!

Summer Reading will run from June 3 through July 27. This year's theme is A Universe of Stories!

When you register you can pick up reading logs for PreK-5th grades or reading Bingos for teens and adults, as well as program calendars and information packets.

In addition to reading for prizes, we will offer lots of fun programs in June and July:
-Camp READ for children PreK-5th grade Wednesdays at 11am
-Teen Mondays for 6th-12 grades Mondays at 2pm
-Movie Fridays at 11am
-Additional adult and family programs!


May is Amnesty Month at SAPLD!

Amnesty (noun): a general pardon for offenses

For amnesty month, we are forgiving overdue fines! Have you been hoarding some long overdue books at home or in your school locker? 

Return them to the library in May to have the late fines waived!

*We will not be waiving fines for lost or damaged items.*

Grant announcement.  Text to the right.

SAPLD Receives Grant for Small & Rural Libraries

STEELEVILLE AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT has been selected as one of 310 libraries to participate in round two of Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.

The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library upgrade building accessibility. As part of the grant, SAPLD staff will take an online course in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to library work today. Staff will then host a conversation with residents about inaccessibility of the library building and use the grant funds to create a more accessible library building.

If you are interested in getting involved or taking part in the conversation, please click the "more info" button and check back regularly.

Our first community discussion will be held Friday, May 10 from 11am-12pm in the library meeting room.

1000 Books before kindergarten fox reading a book logo

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 books before kindergarten encourages families to read with their children and develops a love of reading while children are young! Reading with our children helps improve imagination, creativity, vocabulary and promotes family time! ​Children birth-5 can participate.

Sign up at the library, log each book read, and for each 100 milestone children get to pick out a prize and put their picture on the achievement wall & in the newspaper!

Teen Book Club

Teen Book Club!

We are starting up a teen book club, run by teens for teens. Any teen in 6th through 12th grades is welcome to attend.


To join, just attend a meeting or request a copy of the current book at the library! Most meetings will probably run about 1 hour. At each meeting, teens will discuss the current book, vote on the next book, and get to know each other. 

Teen book club meets every other month, on a date determined at each meeting.

Teen Book Club next meeting date & time: 

To Be Decided

story hour

Monthly Story Hour

Story hour is the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 11:00a.m.


Currently, we will also be trying to have an additional story time on the same day at 3:00p.m. for those who can't make the morning time. Both story hours will feature the same books and activities.

Upcoming Storytimes:

May 15 at 11:00am & 3:00pm

Story hour will take a break for summer - join us for our summer reading program instead!

Teen Advisory Board

7th-12th graders are invited to join TAB!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be back in session in September!


Meetings will be the last Wednesday of every month from 3-4 p.m.

Upcoming meetings:

May 29

As a member of TAB you will:

1) Attend monthly meetings

2) Help plan and host library events (specifically teen events) 

3) Have input into which books and movies the library purchases

4) Earn volunteer/ community service hours

Tutor and Student

GED Classes & ESL Tutoring

Mondays  1pm-5pm

Tuesdays-Thursdays  10am-5pm

Additional days and times may be available.

Call 965-9732 and ask for Kim to sign up now!

book club

Join Book Club!

Book Club meets monthly on Friday afternoons. Book Club is for adults 18 and older. To join, call the library to request a copy of our current book, and attend our next meeting!

Each month, we prepare a list of books that fit a specific genre or theme and book club members vote on which book to read. 

Next Meeting: June 7 at 4:15p.m.

Pile Of Books

Book Recommendations

We asked our staff and library board members about the best books they read in the last few years, and compiled a list of recommendations for you. Click the orange button to view the list.

Have a recommendation for us or other patrons? Click the orange button and scroll to the bottom of the page to submit your picks!

Lego Club & Craft Club

Lego & Craft Clubs

Our final Lego Club for this school year is May 1.

Our final Craft Club for this school year is May 8.


Check out our mobile app!

Manage your accounts, keep track of checkouts and due dates, and renew items from your mobile device using the SHARE Mobile Library, Steeleville Area Public Library's app!


Search for books, DVDs, video games, audiobooks,            e-books, and more. Find it now in the Apple App store or Google Play Store. 


Brought to you by Steeleville Area Public Library District and the SHARE library consortium, a division of Illinois Heartland Library System.



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