Library News and Updates
Blind Date with a Book
All month long in February!
Don't judge a book by its cover; try a blind date with a book!
Pick up a specially marked "blind date" book from the library all month long. Read the book, rate your blind date, and return the rating card to the library by March 2 to be entered into a prize drawing!
This year we have adult, teen, and juvenile (middle grade) blind date books, and there will be one prize winner from each age group!
Coaster Making Drop-in Craft (Ages 12+)
Thursday, February 29, 4-6pm
We will be making sets of decorative coasters with ceramic tiles, cork, paper, napkins, and mod podge. Drop in any time during the 2 hour period to put your coasters together. Coasters will take at least 20 minutes to make, but time will vary by person. Library staff will seal them for you after they dry overnight and they should be available for pickup by March 6. Coasters will be available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Saturday, March 16, 11am-1pm
Stop by the library to swap seeds for you garden! We will have vegetable, annual, and perennial seeds provided by the Sparta Garden Club and Christy Howell of Plants Everywhere.
You do not need to bring seeds to take seeds. Anyone may take seeds!
Wednesday, March 6, 1-3pm
Do you have unclaimed money with the state of Illinois? Stop by and see!
Ginger Womick from the Illinois Treasurer's office will be at the library on March 6 from 1:00-3:00p.m. to help Illinois residents search for any unclaimed money they may have with the State of Illinois.
The State Treasurer is holding 2.5 billion dollars in unclaimed funds for Illinoisans. The State holds these lost funds until they are claimed by either the original owner or their heirs. Property is returned at no cost with the proper identification.
Monday, April 8, 12 - 3pm
Watch the eclipse at the library!
Bring a lawn chair, check out a book, and hang out on the library lawn for the eclipse.
We will have eclipse glasses/viewers available.
More info coming soon!
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:
Thursday, March 28, 3:30-4:30p.m.
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.
March 20 at 11:00am & 3:00pm
April 17 at 11:00am & 3:00pm
7th-12th graders are invited to join TAB!
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be back in session in September!
Meetings will be the last Wedensday of every month from 3-4 p.m.
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
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!
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: March 8 at 4:15p.m.
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 & Craft Clubs
Registration for Lego and Crafts Clubs is now closed.
Lego Club will be the first Wednesday of the month September through May from 3-4pm.
Craft Club will be the 2nd Wednesday of the month September through May from 3-4pm.
Lego and Craft Clubs are for Kindergarten through 5th grades.
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.
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Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.