Microsoft Excel Fundamentals


Monday, October 17th, 5:00PM

Learn the basics to get started using Microsoft Excel.  This class will include a hands-on overview of the Excel workspace and creation of a basic inventory spreadsheet where you will apply formatting and complete calculations using formulas and functions.  Please bring your laptop if you have one.

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Ocean Odyssey


Saturday, August 13th, 10:00am

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The Mississippi River Museum will be visiting Bertolet Memorial Library!  Their traveling touch tank brings live ocean animals to you!  Breakdown some of the common misconceptions about sharks and sting rays.  The Mississippi River Museum will highlight adaptations these critters have to survive, their importance to the ecosystem and discover how you can help with conservation efforts.  Participants will have the opportunity to get their hands wet and touch one of these amazing animals.

Water Is Water


Thursday, July 21st, 10:00am

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Join Miss Melinda from Ag In The Classroom as she takes us through Miranda Paul’s book, “Water Is Water.” Participants will travel the water cycle. They will conduct a science experiment, make a water cycle bracelet, and create their own water cycle in a bag. Participants will discover the importance of water to agriculture. And, of course, we will have a yummy snack demonstrating the water cycle.

Movie Matinee


Monday July 25th at 4:00PM

Mei Lee is a 13-year-old girl who is torn between being her mother’s obedient daughter and the chaos of her youth. As if that were not enough, when she gets too excited, she turns into a big red panda. Don’t miss it or you’ll Turn Red with envy!

Pics on My Phone, Now What?


Monday, June 20th 5pm

Got great pictures on your phone, tablet, or digital camera? Now what? Learn how to transfer those images to your computer or laptop, edit them, and share them on social media or through email.

Registration required for this free program: 815-738-2742

This program is presented by Jeremy Monigold from Highland Community College Lifelong Learning

Oceans of Possibilities


Thursdays June 16-July 14

10:00-10:45: Pre-K thru 5th graders are invited to join miss Jana for stories, crafts, and games as we learn about everything that goes on under the sea!

10:45-11:30: 1st-5th graders are invited to stay for a project geared to your ages. Miss Jana will have a more in-depth, hands-on project Just for you!

Oceans of Possibilities Kick-Off ~ Thursday, June 9th at 10:00AM


Summer Reading Program Pre-K thru 5th Grade

Bring your dancing shoes and best air guitar moves.. it’s time to go ROCKIN’ and READING with LEONARDO. He is a Parents’ Choice Award winning family musician from Chicago strumming into town with a humorous high energy musical program that inspires little rockers to become big readers! This highly interactive performance has plenty of sing-a-longs and dance moves to inspire imagination, creativity and a love of reading in audiences of all ages and abilities.

Closed ~ May 30th and June 4th


Bertolet Memorial Library will be closed Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day.

Bertolet Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, June 4, 2022 during Leaf River Daze. Enjoy the festivities and watch for us in the parade!

“Hoo” Haven Presentation


Bertolet Memorial Library welcomes presenters and animals from “Hoo” Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Durand.  Children and adults alike will learn about some of the animals that are rescued and how they are nursed back to health and prepared to return to their natural habitats.  The presenters will be bringing an owl, a red-tailed hawk, and a tortoise to see and learn about. 

In conjunction with this event, the library is collecting supplies for “Hoo” Haven through May 14th. Because the organization is not government funded, they rely entirely on donations and volunteers to rehabilitate the animals. Donations may be brought to the library in advance of the program or on May 14th.  Check out their wish list on their website or pick up a copy at the library.  Monetary donations are also appreciated and are used for special food, medicine, and other items for the animals.

  • 1ml Oral Syringe 100 Pack – Luer Slip Tip, No Needle, Sterile Individually Blister Packed Medicine Administration for Infants, Toddlers and Small Pets
  • LED flashlights
  • Monetary Donations
  • Vet Wrap
  • Ajax
  • Squeegees
  • Dish Scrubbers
  • Bath Towels
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels                              
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Old Towels
  • Vinegar – White
  • Puppy Pads
  • Canned 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • Extra meat
  • Frozen Feeder Mice
  • Quart Zip Lock Bags
  • Mealworms
  • Gallon Zip Lock Bags
  • Milk Replacer
  • 2 Gallon Zip Lock Bags
  • 5 Gallon Dry Vac Bags
  • Unsalted Peanuts
  • 55 Gallon Garbage Bags
  • Wet Cat Food
  • Wild Birdseed

Movie Matinee ~ Monday, March 28th at 1:00PM


We are looking forward to the return of our movies and popcorn!  Join us on Monday, March 28th at 1:00PM as we watch the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the Colombian mountains.  But when Mirabel, the only ordinary family member, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Suffrage Program ~ Saturday, March 26th at 10:00AM


Join us as Laura Keyes arrives as Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Saturday, March 26th at 10:00AM.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for equal rights for women for over fifty years, and upon her death in 1902, she left behind a legacy of her crusade for female equality and myriad writings that would inspire feminists for over a century to come.  Hear from Mrs. Stanton in 1866, when the Civil War was over but the battle for Women’s Suffrage was just beginning.

Pack the Pantry


Unexpired food and pantry items will be accepted during February to benefit the New Life Community Center in Forreston.  As we are now a fine-free library, there is no longer a need for “Food for Fines.” Even though it’s no longer necessary to bring in donations to erase fines, we hope you will still consider donating to help local families in need.  

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.