“Hoo” Haven Presentation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.