Welcome to your library’s website.Let us share how you can best navigate this site in the hopes of enhancing your experience with Schmaling Memorial Library and better utilizing the resources we have to offer you.
The Catalog (PrairieCat) — The modern card catalog. She may not be beautifully constructed with those neat little drawers, but this digital version allows you not only to search by the traditional title, author, and subject, but also across the collections of over 300 libraries in Illinois.
Posts— The site hopes to keep a variety of posts published, which will be meant to keep you informed of our new materials, upcoming meetings, activities and community events, pictures and whatever else we think you may appreciate!
Posts specifically listing new additions and resources to the library are showcased in the right sidebar. All other recent posts are listed above that along with a drop-down menu listing the various categories of posts. A category of particular interest is the highlight category: it includes posts highlighting a special book, resource, or collection that we find to be valuable hopefully appreciated by you, our patrons, as well! We also hold on to an archive of older posts (accessed at the bottom of the site); or simply use one of the search bars to find what you’re looking for.
GPS — Short for a “Gathering of Pleasing Suggestions”, the GPS page could be a beneficial community inspired compass for leading each other toward great finds. Browse through fellow patrons’ reading suggestions , make inquiries about a book you’re contemplating reading and/or leave a recommendation of your own. GPS Jr. is the same idea, but for juvenile and children’s material.
Happenings — This section displays current and upcoming meetings, special events, activities and programs that occur at or involving the library. It is calendar which clearly displays all events, which are also categorized and searchable. A list of the soonest upcoming events and meetings is always displayed to the right.
The Children’s Room — Access internet resources for reading recommendations and award winning book lists, plus a plethora of educational links. Also, find out about our special weekly program, Teddy Bear Tuesdays, and when June approaches, stay on top of the multitude of activities offered during our Summer Reading Program. We also encourage you to check out the GPS Jr. where you can discover other parent’s reading suggestions and hopefully leave a recommendation of your own!
eRead Illinois — Check out e-books for free! Patrons can now use their e-readers (iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire, Nook and Sony Reader devices and many more) to check out and read from a large selection of books being offered through the Illinois State Library program eread Illinois. Patrons will need a valid Schmaling Memorial Public Library card to check out e-books. You must therefore stop by the library to receive your login instructions. Be sure to visit the eRead Illinois website to learn more about this beneficial opportunity and go here to directly scour the great selection or to login.