Discover a world of possibilities with Boundless, an extensive collection of ebooks, audio and digital media. Whether you’re an avid reader or someone who listens to audio at 2x speed, Boundless is your gateway to the best in digital content and programming.

Access our digital library from the comfort of your own device, so you can read, learn and explore wherever you are. The My Shelf feature is a personalized page for all of your checkouts. You can also view specially curated carousels and content based on your reading activities and interests. With insights, goals and badges, you can set personal reading goals, track your progress and earn badges!

Boundless makes it easy for the whole family to get involved in reading. Once you download the app or use the web version, you can create user profiles within your account. Sign up all members of your family with teen and kid friendly experiences!

Key Features

  • Ebooks and audio access
  • Streaming videos
  • PDF activities as well as video books
  • Hit your personal reading goals and earn badges!
  • View specially curated carousels and digital content based on reading activity and interests!

All you need to access Boundless is your library card! Download the app in your preferred app store today!

Coffee With the Sheriff

Saturday, September 30th 10:00AM

Come have a cup of coffee with our Ogle County Sheriff, Brian VanVickle.  Sheriff VanVickle will be here to chat and answer any questions about how his department keeps Ogle County safe for you and your family.

Join Our Team!

Join Our Team! Got kids in school? This is the perfect time for you to apply!  We are hiring for the shift of 10am-2pm Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday and the 2nd Saturday of each month, 8am-noon.  Stop in for an application today! The deadline to apply is September 18, 2023.

Monday Kids Movie

Monday, September 18th 5:00 PM

The movie tells the story of two Brooklyn plumbers who are brothers and best friends: Mario, the brave one with the “let’s-a go” attitude, and the perpetually anxious Luigi, who would prefer to go nowhere. We open with the brothers reckoning with their struggling plumbing business, and wind up in a whirlwind adventure through Mushroom Kingdom. Through their journey, we meet a cast of familiar, lovable characters, ultimately uniting together to defeat the power-hungry villain, Bowser. (from Amazon)

Closed ~ Labor Day

Bertolet Memorial Library will be closed Monday, September 4th, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen at 10:00 AM on September 5th.

The Life & Sacrifice of Sgt. Ralph DeWitt, U.S. Army Air Corp

Tuesday, August 29th 7:00 P.M.

Join Post Historian Scott Bicksler from the Jerry Wickam American Legion Post IL-1148 as he shares the life and sacrifice of local WWII hero and POW, Sgt. Ralph DeWitt, U.S. Army Air Corps. This presentation will be held at Bertolet Memorial Library, 705 Main St, Leaf River.

Mississippi River Life

Saturday, August 12th 10:00 AM

Join us on Saturday, August 12th at 10:00 AM for the program Mississippi River Life, presented by the Mississippi River Museum. Mussels, snakes, and beavers: Each species has a niche or role in the environment Through the use of pelts and other hands on items, participants will explore animals that call the Mississippi River home!

Get SSET 4 School

SSET 4 School (Supplying Students Educational Tools 4 School) is a local group that collects and distributes school supplies for our students in the FVV school district.  Bring new school supplies to Bertolet Memorial Library now through August 3rd. Markers, glue, calculators, lunch bags, backpacks, and more are all needed to help these students start the school year off on the right track!  Distribution will be held in Forreston around August 9th.

How Freida Caplan Changed the Way We Eat

Tuesday, July 18th 10:30 AM

Miss Melinda from Ag In The Classroom will be presenting Try It! How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat by Mara Rockliff.  Participants will create their own self portrait in the style of Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo using pictures of fruits and vegetables, test their knowledge about what the “ins and outs” of fruits and vegetables look like, and enjoy a yummy fruit salad.  Registration is requested by July 13th at 815-738-2742.

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures

Tuesday, July 11th 10:30 AM

Miss Melinda from Ag In the Classroom will be presenting The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Mosca.  Participants will be taking part in craft projects such as a cow bookmark, herding balloon cows, and  enjoying a tasty hamburger made from cookies and frosting.  Registration is requested by July 6th at 815-738-2742.

Have Book, Will Travel

Thursdays, June 15th – July 13th at 10:00AM

Pre-K thru 5th graders are invited to join Miss Jana on adventures around the world. Visit far off places such as Japan, Peru, Madagascar, and more! Stories, crafts, and games will take you on this travel adventure.

Catalog upgrade: Vega

New Year – New Catalog!

We are excited to share that our catalog is getting a new look and some new features! Try our NEW catalog today! 

Log In: Using your library card number and current password, log in to Vega to view reading history, create and share custom lists, save searches, manage holds, and your account. 
Improved Search Results: The new catalog displays formats and editions into one search result. Physical books, large print books, and audiobooks are all displayed in one result together.
Series: When searching for a title that is part of a series, the other series titles appear after selecting the book record.
Read-a-likes: Once you select a title, scroll down for recommendations, related topics, and reader reviews.

When you’ve given Vega a test drive, be sure to fill out the New Catalog Survey to let us know what you think!