Wednesday Whodunit Book Discussion

What does a man do when he receives a mysterious email from his deceased wife? That is the premise of Harlan Coben’s novel Tell No One, Wednesday WhoDunIt’s book pick for January. Come on Wednesday, January 27th at 10:30 to discuss this terrific thriller.  Copies of the book will be available for  loan at the library’s circulation desk.  The discussion will be held in the Bertolet Memorial Library meeting room. No registration is necessary. Join us for one or all of our discussions…and bring a friend!     Questions? Call us at (815) 738-2742

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Family Story Time

Story Time is back starting on Thursday, January 21! Private story time sessions are available every Thursday. These sessions are 20-30 minutes long, and include a story and an art project. Here is what to expect:

Registration is required to reserve your time slot. Register by Wednesday at 5 pm through the Sign Up Genius link below or by calling 815-738-2742.

Masks will be required for everyone three and older who is medically able to wear one, and when you show up for your session, we will do a quick temperature check.

We meet in the back room during the winter. Art is sometimes messy, please dress your kids in clothes that can get messy.

Please have a family member 16 years or older available to assist kids under the age of six with their project.

Reserve your spot below with Signup Genius: Click on the “Sign Up” button on the time you want to reserve, then be sure to click the Orange “Submit and Sign Up” button at the bottom of the page to fill in your information. Sign up will close at 5 pm Wednesday. Jana is looking forward to seeing you!

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Bertolet Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, July 4th

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Insect: Friend or Foe

Virtual program for kids in grades K-5 on July 16 at 10:30. Register by July 8.

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Free Books!

A patron of our library has generously decided to donate 300 of her Harlequin Romance novels from the last 3-5 years to anyone who would like them. If you are interested in some of these books, please call or send us an email and we can put you in touch with Judy.

(815) 738-2742 bertolib@lrnet1.com

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Summer Reading Program Kickoff

We are kicking off the Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 15! This year there will be no in-person program, but kids in grades K-5 can come in to pick up a take home bag of crafts and a reading log. New craft bags will be available each Monday through July 20. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Logo Competition Top 3 Designs

Bertolet Memorial Library sent a challenge to the art students of Forreston High School this semester: design a new logo for our library. The students accepted! Under the guidance of art teacher Mrs. Dana Russell-Brown, the students learned about graphic design, including placement, colors, and designing for the customer. The results were outstanding! After discussion and a vote by the library board, the top three winners were chosen. Heinz, Erdmann, and Fox all received a gift card and new headphones for their efforts. You will see their work on our social media sites, our letterhead, and programming flyers. Congratulations to the top three designs and to all the students who created their best work!

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Holiday Hours

Bertolet Memorial Library will have the following special hours for the Christmas and New Year’s season:

Monday, December 24th: Closed

Tuesday, December 25th: Closed

Wednesday, December 26th: Regular business hours resume: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Monday, December 31st: Open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Closed 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 1st: Closed

Wednesday, January 2nd: Regular business hours resume: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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3rd Annual Seed Swap

Our 3rd Annual National Seed Swap Day will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.  Bring your labeled seeds from this past fall to share with others, and see what new varieties are waiting for your green thumb.  A Master Gardener from the University of Illinois Extension Office will be on hand to answer any questions to help your garden succeed. 

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