PAWS For Reading


Paws for Reading will be “Paws”ed in December as Ryan will be celebrating the holidays with her fur-mily in December. So our next Paws for Reading event will be Wednesday, January 19th at 4:00PM.  Register your independent reader for a 15 minute time slot by calling 815-738-2742 today.



Create-A-Card will not be taking place on Saturday, December 18th.  Miss Jessie will not be here.  If you would still like to stop in and use our materials to create the cards you’re dreaming of, feel free to do so!  We hope to be back in full session in January. Have a Merry Christmas crafters!

Mitten Tree


Mittens to wear

Hats for their hair

Scarves for their neck

Gloves too?  Check!

Our annual Mitten Tree is now on display through the end of December.   Please help decorate our Mitten Tree with thick, warm mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages.  Items will be distributed through New Life Community Center in January.

Leader Dogs Program


Join us Saturday, October 2nd, at 10:00 AM, when Bertolet Memorial Library hosts a Leader Dog for the Blind Program. Meet special guest Sherry Berkowitz and future Leader Dog puppies she is bringing with her. Sherry will talk about her experience as a puppy raiser and explain what is involved in training Leader Dog candidates to assist the blind and visually impaired. No registration is required. All ages are welcome.

Read To A Dog


Register your independent reader to read to a trained therapy dog at Bertolet Memorial Library. Bring a book from home or school, or choose one from our library. Call 815-738-2742 today!

Take & Make Crafts for Adults


Bertolet Memorial Library is now offering take home craft kits for adults and/or family. The kits provide the materials and instructions needed to make a craft. It’s a great opportunity to be creative and de-stress at the same time. Our first kit, available now at the library, includes everything you need to make a wish bracelet. A new kit will be available the first Wednesday of each month. First come, first serve.

Plastic Recycling


We are excited to announce that we are once again accepting clean, soft plastics for recycling.  Save your bread bags, outer wrapping on bulk items like water bottles and bathroom tissue, grocery bags, etc.  Drop them off during business hours: Mon-Thurs 10-7, Sat 8-Noon.  Please do not leave plastics unattended during non-business hours.