Need to earn some volunteer hours?

Teens in grades 6-12 can join us on November 26th for Volunteens!

Don’t wait until April, start earning now. Come and help us prepare for upcoming activities and earn 2 hours of volunteer time. Snack provided.

Rise & Shine Storytime
November 23rd, 10:00 a.m.

We’ll read great books, dance to some tunes, create art projects, and shake our sillies out.
(Recommended ages 3-8 with caregiver)

This week: Thankful

Nutcracker Story Hour
November 24th, 1 p.m.

Introduce your child to this classic holiday story! Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and other characters from  The Nutcracker.

The Illinois Youth Dance Theatre will be here to answer questions, introduce ballet moves, and take photos.


Novel Thoughts Book Club
Wednesday, November 20th, 7 p.m.
Brave New World
- Aldous Huxley

Books are available for check out at the Adult Help Desk.
Lunch & a Movie
November 22nd, Noon
Mary Poppins Returns (PG)

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Light Lunch Provided
The Art of Finishing Well
November 21st, 7:00 p.m.

Susan Sheehan is the founder of Finishing Well Consulting and is passionately committed to making life’s most challenging seasons easier for families. She will share wisdom on end of life issues and will discuss the importance of Advance Directives, including Healthcare Power of Attorney.
Program attendees will have the opportunity to draft a healthcare power of attorney document and have it notarized.

Technology Buying Guide
November 25th, 7:00 p.m.

If you are looking for holiday gift ideas, look no further. Join the discussion on some of the hottest technology released this year ahead of your Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping.

Mah Jongg Club
November 26th, 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we learn Mah Jongg together!  Meet players who will help you learn strategy and enjoy community time at the library. 
All skill levels welcome.  


The Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th.

The Library will be closed November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving.

We will reopen at 9 a.m. on
Friday, November 29th.
Professional Development:
Monarch Award Nominated Picture Books and Visual Thinking Strategies
November 21st, 4:15 p.m.

Join us to earn 2 free CPDUs. We will explore how Monarch books are chosen, how to vote for them, and why integrating them into your classroom curriculum could be helpful.
*open to elementary teachers in all districts *

R.S.V.P to
The Case Against Free Speech:
The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent
by P.E. Moscowitz

Submitted by Erik S.
Despite the title, this book is not an attack on freedom of speech per se, but rather a historical analysis of the concept and a look at how it’s often wielded in political discourse. Moscowitz argues that free speech is ultimately “an empty signifier,” which is used to advance the true political motives of those who claim its mantle. Amidst renewed debates in our society about the acceptable bounds of protest and dissent (such as no-platforming on college campuses), Moscowitz offers some much needed context.
(New Non-Fiction)

They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei

Submitted by Molly J.
George Takei of Star Trek fame recounts his childhood imprisoned in American concentration camps during World War II. This dark moment in American history is captured through a child’s eyes and is even more powerful in the graphic novel format. The book serves as an important reminder of the horrors Japanese-Americans faced after Pearl Harbor.
(New Adult Graphic Novel)

The Reckless Oath We Made
by Bryn Greenwood

Submitted by Terri S.
A mesmerizing story that is, at once, thriller, suspense, upside down fairytale, romance – just solid gold fiction. Loved the characters, the edge-of-your-seat action and the sweet slow build romance between a “nobody’s fairy tale princess” and an unlikely knight, complete with sword and a code of honor. A fast-paced, wholly engaging, unique story that pulls the reader in from the first page and doesn’t let go. One of my favorite reads of the year!
(New Fiction)

The Overstory
by Richard Powers

Submitted by Kelly F.
Like the branches of a majestic old growth tree are the life stories contained in this powerful, literary novel. The characters’ stories intertwine and grow into something magnificent. This book reads like an epic film. Some of the book’s scenes take place in nearby Illinois. Read this book if trees, great stories, and great writing captivate you.