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February Events

Wednesday, February 8, Craft Day for 1 st through 4th Grade--2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Make your own Valentines

Saturday, February 18, Cooking with Anita--Cooking Class for Middle School 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Friday, February 17, Evening Story Hour--6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Preschool through the 2nd Grade.

Saturday, February 25--Afternoon Matinee for Kids 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

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Home school parents

We would like to host a round table for Home School parents.  If you home school your children and would like to be part of that group, please let us know.  The round table will be moderated by an experienced home school parent. 

The group will be limited to 8 members.  Activities will be provided for the children.  We are hoping to begin the first part of March.

Illinois Heartland Library System

We are a member of Illinois Heartland Library System. The library system serves the libraries of central and southern Illinois.  

One of the important services Illinois Heartland provides is delivery service.  They ship 6.4 million items  annually between member libraries throughout Illinois.

They also maintain the Library Catalog

Arthur Public Library District

225 S Walnut Street, Arthur, IL 61911  

Phone:  217-543-2037;  Fax:  217-543-2037

Adult winter Reading challenge

Sign Up:  We are challenging you to read something this winter.  Sign up between January 11 and February 24.  The Challenge ends on the first day of spring, which is March 20th.

Select the number of books you want to challenge yourself to read during the challenge (at least 3).  Read what you want to read.  Feel free to return to an old favorite or try something new that you wouldn't usually read.

Everyone will receive a token gift for signing up.  Reach your personal goal and receive another small prize and become eligible to win one of 3 larger prizes.  Participants must be 18 years old or older.

Stop by and pickup your entry form and see the display of what the Staff plans to read this winter.  Come join the fun!  Any format accepted.

Call 543-2037 to enter without coming in or for more information.

Services we provide

Outreach to Seniors:  The library offers Home Delivery Service to home-bound individuals living in Arthur.  If you or someone you know would benefit from this service,  please contact us.

Preschool craft packets for children 3 to 5 years old:  During the school year our volunteer, Rachel Allen assembles activities parents can use with their preschoolers.  These activities are often book related or help your child acquire a new skill.

Copy, fax and scan to email service available:  We charge standard business rates for these services

Display your collection:  We have a locked display cabinet.  If you would like o showcase a treasured collection at the library, please let us know.

E-Books available from My Media Mall:  Use your Arthur Public Library District library card to download them to your devise.  Chose Illinois Heartland Library System as your location.

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Announcing Tech Day 

The Staff has designated Wednesday's as Tech Day.  If you would like to have help with your device or you have a program you would like to know more about, call and set up an appointment with one of us.  We will set aside time to work with you one on one.  Phone 543-2037  we will schedule an hour to work with you.

Memorial Books

In memory of Brenda Coleman from the Arthur American Legion Auxiliary, "Weaving the Rainbow" by George Ella Lyon and "Charlie Needs a Cloak" by Tomi DePaola

In memory of Neal Graham from Janice Daugherty, "The Trainable Cat: A practical guide to making life happier for you and your cat" by John Bradshaw & Sarah Ellis

In honor of Zach and Jaquie Hopkins from Jim and Carol Yoder and David and Carol Crist the following books have been placed in the Arthur Public Library:

* Day Dreamers:  A Journey of Imagination (Board Book)

Look, Look (Board Book)

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy  

The Littlest Family's Big Day; Parts

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts)*

*  Before Morning

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You 

* Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina


* The Not So Quiet Library


Little Owl's Colors

The Wonderful Things You Will Be 

The Chicken Problem

Nanette's Baguette

*The Hat

Paddington Bear

Stuck; A Small Thing...But Big

Take Heart My Child: A Mother's Dream

* Joel Meyerowitz:  Seeing Things: A Kid's Guide to Looking at Photographs

* Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

The Little Red Hen

Knuffle Bunny Too

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleepover 

What Goes Up

 * A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats

Thanks for the many memorials made to the library in memory of Neal Graham.  Neal served on the Board of Trustees for many years.  The Library Broad is currently in the process of deciding how the donations should be spent.  They would like to do something special.  Donations to the library were from:  Joel and Sherry Fitzjarrald, Randy and Paula Murry, Mary Etta and Rusty Thomas, Tanya Walker, Diane Mackey, Joanne Swonger, Sandra Dolan, Kevin and Kimberly Mandrell, Ezra O  and Lise Helmuth, James and Shelly Holland, McGuirem Yuhas, Huffman and Buckley, P.C., Norman Simmons and Kelley Fryman, Theron Redfern, James Tracy Scott and Laury High Scott, Ann Huffman, James and Patricia Jurgens, Fryman Family Trust and S. M. Fryman, Milton and Martha Yeakel, Randall Electric, Ollie and Kay Mandrell, Nadine Maddelena, and Maxine Tipton 

In memory of Jack Mattox from the Class of 1951, "The Desire of Ages" by Ellen G White