Knit and Crochet at Schmaling

picture of yarn and knitting needles in a basket

The Clintonish Knitters will be knitting and crocheting at Schmaling Saturday,  June 24th, from 10am until noon.  
We encourage any adults or teens to please come join them!  All levels of experience and skill are welcome: even if you have NO experience, these ladies will have extra materials and tools available to assist and instruct.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with others who share your interests, or to be inspired by these pretty nifty knitters!

Summer Reading Program 2017

graphic that reads reading by design


This year’s theme is Reading By Design: we’re hoping to tap into your creative side!  The Summer Reading Program is all about reading for fun, and is open to readers of all ages.

Registration will be held Monday, June 5th through Saturday, June 10th at the library. For preschoolers through 5th grade students, a parent or legal guardian must be present to register the child.

The reading program will kick off on June 12 and run through July 15. We’re giving you five weeks to get those books read this year instead of our usual four! Throughout the course of the program, there will be special activities for all ages. Mosey on over to the library for a complete schedule of events, but here are a few of the regular weekly activities we’re offering this year, please click on the respective links for more information or see our calendar of events for more details.

    • Mondays: Wii Games 3-4:40 pm for Preschool-5th grade, 5-6:40 pm for 6th-12th grade


    • Tuesdays: Open-House Craft Time for Preschool-5th grade from 2:30-3:30 pm and Adult Coloring Club from 2-3pm


    • Wednesdays: LEGO Club for K-5th grade from 3-4 pm


    • ThursdaysPreschool Story Time from 10-10:30 am and Young Adult Activities (6th-12th grade) at 2pm


    • FridaysWii Games Preschool-12th grade from 1-4 pm


Some of the special activities include:

  • Tuesday, June 20: Timken-DRIVES Engineering Team will lead our kids’ craft activity
  • Saturday, June 24Knit & Crochet @ Schmaling from 10am – noon for adults and young adults
  • Thursday, July 13Fulton Summer Nights down by the Windmill
  • Tuesday, July 18: Schmaling’s Amazing Race of Fulton family scavenger hunt
  • Thursday, July 27:  Informational Presentation on Foster Parenting by William Hart of DCFS

Celebrate the joy of reading with us this year with our summer reading program designed to make you happy! Remember, here at Schmaling we value your efforts to read your way through summer so much that we give out prizes galore! A grand prize of $50 will be awarded to one of our lucky preschool through fifth grade participants who turns in 5 or more reading slips. One lucky young adult program participant (6th-12th grade) who reads 6 or more books will also win $50. One super lucky adult program participant who reads 6 or more books will win an overnight stay at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort and a $25 voucher at Coaches Corner Sports Bar & Grill.

Summary of Reading Levels

Read to Me: Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade = 50 minutes of reading per slip

Rookie Readers: 2nd and 3rd grade = 100 minutes of reading per slip 

Independent Readers: 4th and 5th grade = 150 minutes per slip

YA Readers: 6th grade through high school = one entry slip per book read for weekly drawings; 6 or more books qualifies for the grand prize drawing

Adult Readers = one entry slip per book read for weekly drawings; 6 or more books qualifies for the grand prize drawing







Prairie Cat Now Offers Personalized Schmaling Homepage and New Digital Media Service

Prairie Cat is new and improved!
Now when you arrive at the login page which has been personalized for Schmaling, you will see many scroll bar menus featuring national bestsellers and new items from various genres at Schmaling.
Toward the bottom of the page, you will find links to eRead Illinois and a new ebook service: biblioboard.
Biblioboard differs from eRead IL in that you are able to actually download most books that they offer (public domain stuff), as opposed to limited borrowing time or waiting for availability. Furthermore, ANYONE in IL can access this for free – you don’t need a library card! You just must physically be in Illinois when you first create your account due to their geolocation-based authentication system.
To describe biblioboard in their own words: they boast of “a growing assortment of rich historical and locally curated multimedia content–available to all with the ease of unlimited, multi-user access.”  Upon visiting the site a few times, I have noticed a large and changing variety of subject groupings that they refer to as curations.  Some have included British Children’s Literature, Scholarly Works on Film and Media, Shakespeare, Historical Primary Source Documents, Exhibits from National Libraries and Archives, Mathematics, Business and Law, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Community History … there are seriously to many to name.  There are also video and audio selections, including music.  And while it isn’t necessary in order to utilize biblioboard, they do offer a Kindle app.