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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Chicago’s first certified KonMari Tidying Consultant, Kristyn Ivey of For the Love of Tidy, will share home organization tips that focus on what you keep (does it “spark joy?”), rather than what or how much you discard. Learn about the revolutionary Japanese decluttering method made popular by Marie Kondo’s bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This interactive  workshop will include live demos and giveaways that will prepare you to get tidy now!

This workshop will help you lead with gratitude and become an extension of a home that you honor and respect. It includes an overview of KonMari fundamentals and practical decluttering tips that fall under five signature KonMari categories: Clothing, Books, Paper, Miscellaneous items, and Sentimental items. Enjoy a live demonstration of the signature KonMari Folding technique. We’ll also discuss common myths and missteps as we address how to overcome your specific clutter challenges and barriers to success and true abundance.

Registration required for this free event by calling 815-738-2742 by September 25th.


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eRead Illinois Update

Attention Patrons:
eRead Illinois will be down Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

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Goal Set. Goal Met!!

YOU DID IT!!!! You helped us hit our goal of 500 pounds in plastic to recycle into this garden bench. We can’t wait to see the end result. We are so thankful for your participation in this project! Since we have met our mark, we no longer will be collecting plastic at this time. Thank you so much!!!

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Attention Gardeners: Don’t forget to save and label your seeds from your flower and vegetable gardens as you harvest this fall.  The Annual Seed Swap will be returning January 27, 2018.

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