Dutch Days Story Time Features Special Guest

screen shot image of the website "sallykamerling.com" depicting a golden cap and text set in front of an illustrated background which features a windmill and Dutch landscape

Schmaling Memorial Library will be hosting an extra-special CHILDREN’S STORY TIME during this year’s DUTCH DAYS!

Author and special guest to this year’s festivities, Sally Kamerling, will be kindly reading aloud from her recently published book, The Golden Cap; what a perfect fit for this year’s Floddermuts” theme!

You can read more about the author, her book and it’s lovely illustrations of lowland landscapes by Marie Sanderson here:


The Children’s Story Time will commence at 11:30am on Saturday, May 7th, downstairs at the library,

Highlight: 2016 Books To Movies!

Sasha found this great list for preparing all our avid book and movie lovers for some of 2016’s planned book to movie releases:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by Newt Scamander and J.K. Rowling
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
Inferno, by Dan Brown
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: And a Thousand Cocktails, by Mike and Dave Stangle
Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Continue reading Highlight: 2016 Books To Movies!


photo of the book "The Letter for the King" by Tonke Dragt setting on a bookcase display end
Tonke Dragt’s 1962 endearing work is classic adventure novel, and has been acclaimed as a Sunday Times, Times and Metro Book of the Year.  Surprisingly though,  it has taken until 2013 for it to be translated into English — thanks to Laura Watkinson and Pushkin Press. It’s considered a staple of childhood in the Netherlands, somewhat like the Chronicles of Narnia or the Harry Potter series would be to many of us. In 2004 it won the fantastically-named “Griffel der Griffels” prize, which means it is considered the BEST Dutch children’s book of the last FIFTY years. With black-and-white illustrations, a map on the inside cover, and medieval themes of chivalry, loyalty, and heroic quests; I think this book could easily satisfy any Tolkien or John Flanagan fan.

Look for it in the YA section!

Coloring Club Now for All Ages

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Beginning in March, the Schmaling Adult Coloring Club began meeting on Tuesdays from 2 – 3 pm at the library.  Consider joining your fellow coloring enthusiasts for a relaxing time of coloring and visiting.

Due to an interest in evening coloring program offerings, the Library will now host a Coloring for All Ages program on Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:30 pm.

♥ Please Note: There will be NO Thursday Coloring Club during the month of May. The Tuesday time spot will continue to meet as normal, though.

Individuals as well as families are encouraged to attend. Per Library Policy, children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult or a responsible caregiver aged 14 or older. Parents or caregivers of children aged 6 or younger must remain in the Children’s Room with their child(ren) but adult coloring materials will still be available to them to utilize.  Adults and Young Adults may congregate upstairs.  Parents of children aged 7 and above may elect to stay downstairs with their children or join the adults upstairs.  The Adult Coloring Club that meets on Tuesdays will still continue to meet as an adults only gathering.

The Library will provide coloring books/pages, colored pencils, and crayons for those who are new to the coloring craze, or if you’re already an enthusiast, you may bring your own supplies. Coffee, tea, juice, and treats will be served to program attendees.

This program is absolutely FREE! No registration is necessary. If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 815-589-2045 or email fulpublib@mchsi.com.  Come join the fun!