Join us Mar 14 @ 6 PM for book club! We're reading The Last Flight by Julie Clark. We have extra copies available here at the library.

Need a date for Valentine's Day? Look no further! Stop in to the library to grab a Blind Date with a Book. Choose a book, check it out, take it home, unwrap, read & enjoy. If your date turns out to be a dud, at least there's chocolate! 😍 Limited time only.



 

Mark your calendars for the Spring Friends of the Library Meeting April 20 @ 10 AM.

Due to the icy conditions, the library is closed today (1/23). We'll open back up at 9 AM tomorrow!



Linleigh has read 1,000 books before kindergarten! Way to go, Linleigh!!!🎉🎉🎉

To find out more about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten visit the library or check out our website.

Join us Feb 8 @ 6 PM for book club! We're reading Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. We have extra copies available here at the library.

 

Michelle from Mercer County Senior Center will be at the library Feb 14th to talk about all the great things they have to offer! Mark your calendars & we'll see you there!

Good morning! The good news is that we are open today (1/15/2024)! Like everywhere else, please use caution if you decide to visit. The crew (the real MVPs of the season) have done their best to clear the sidewalks and parking lot. Keep in mind we do offer curbside. Give us a call (309-582-2032) when you arrive and we can bring your material to you.



The Friends of the Library meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, Jan 20th, at 10 AM. Hope to see you there!



Due to weather conditions, the library will be closed Friday (1/12) and Saturday (1/13). Stay safe!



 


We're starting off the new year with a fave! Wood Designs by Di will be at the library on Sat, Jan 20th. Call 309-582-2032 to reserve your spot!


 


Please take note the library will be closed Dec 23-25 & Dec 30-Jan 1. Make sure to stop in before the holidays!

Unfortunately, the RSAcat mobile app is not available for the foreseeable future. While we wait for the launch of a replacement app in 2024, you can put a shortcut to the catalog on your device.

To use the online catalog: log into your library account with your library card number and 4-digit PIN. Then you can manage your account, place holds, and renew checkouts. 

If you need any help, we'd be happy to assist you!



 Join us Jan 11 @ 6 PM for book club! We're reading The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner. We have extra copies available here at the library.


Join us Thursday, December 14, for book club. We're reading Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. We have extra copies on hand, so stop in to get your copy today!




 We will be closed Saturday, Nov 11, in observance of Veterans Day.


Join us Thursday, Nov 9, for book club. We're reading The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard. We have extra copies on hand, so stop in to get your copy today!

 
Mark your calendars for the next Friends of the Library Meeting!



 Take your costume for a test drive at our Halloween Party on Oct 28!

SOLAR ECLIPSE

On October 14, 2023, the Sun and the Moon are lining up to give us an opportunity to see a partial solar eclipse.

WHAT IS IT?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Moon, and Earth line up, and the Moon (which is between the Sun and Earth) temporarily blocks the Sun’s light. The kind of eclipse you see from your location depends on the Moon’s orbital path across Earth’s surface and how far away the Moon is from Earth and from the Sun.

There are three different types of solar eclipses: partial, total, and annular. A partial solar eclipse is when the Moon partly covers the Sun—it usually looks like a bite has been taken out of it! A total solar eclipse is when the Moon totally covers the Sun. An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon appears a little smaller in the sky than the Sun, so it cannot fully block the Sun’s rays. During an annular eclipse, you’ll see a bright ring around the edges of the Moon with the Sun peeking out from behind it.

Illinois will see a partial eclipse.

HOW DO WE SEE IT?

You must always use proper solar viewing equipment when looking up at any type of solar eclipse. Regular sunglasses are NOT safe for viewing an eclipse, and irreversible eye damage can occur in seconds. At no time is the Sun safe to view with just your eyes. You won’t feel eye damage until it has happened. You do not have nerve endings inside your eyes that will register pain as the damage is occurring. 

Certified solar viewing glasses or viewers are the best way to protect your eyes so you can look up during an eclipse!

WHERE CAN I GET SOLAR VIEWERS?

The library has free solar viewers to allow for safe viewing of the eclipse. There is a limited supply, so get yours today! Limited to one solar viewer per household.

When you're here to pick up a free solar viewer in preparation for the partial eclipse, make sure to ask for an activity packet as well!

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

The length of the eclipse will depend on your viewing location. The partial phases will last 1 to 2 hours both before and after annularity. For most locations, annularity will last between 2 and minutes, but it will be longer or shorter in some places.

For October 14, 2023, our best viewing time in the Mercer County area is approximately from 10:30 am-1:20 pm, with maximum viewing around 11:54 am.


WHAT DO I DO WITH THE SOLAR VIEWER AFTER THE ECLIPSE?

Hold on to it! We have another solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. This one will cover even more of the Sun, so you don't want to miss it!

For more information, visit these websites:

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/event/eclipse-encounter-october-14-2023/