Library Closed Monday, November 26 Due to Snow

The Library will be closed today due to the snow. We’re still working on digging out the parking areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. As always in the case of an unexpected closing, items due today will now be due tomorrow. If you wish to renew materials, you can email us, renew through your online account, call us (leave a message if we’re closed), or send us a message on our Facebook page. There will be no fines assessed for items due today.

Please stay safe!

Expanded Large Print Section

Photo of new Large Print Bookshelf

Large Print readers rejoice! Due to popular demand (and the fact that we’ve completely run out of room) we’ve expanded the Large Print Collection with this beautiful (made-to-look like our old) new shelf built by local craftsman, Mark Pruis, and stained and varnished by our very own multi-talented librarian, LeAnn Smith! We’ve got lots of new large print books to help fill it as well!

Thank You!

Schmaling’s Summer Reading Program has now drawn to a close. Every year this program is made possible by donations from area businesses and individuals who are dedicated to bringing summer reading into our community. The Library would like to heartily thank this year’s sponsors:
Agri-King
Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home
Central Bank
Citizen’s First Bank
Community State Bank
Country Orchids
First Gateway Credit Union
Fulton Dental Associates
Horizon Group
Huizenga & Wierenga Insurance
Jo-Carroll Energy
Kiwanis Club of Fulton
Lockhart & Law Insurance
McDonald’s Clinton
Merema Bros.
Parochetti Enterprises -Taco Bell of Clinton
Peterson Plumbing
Wild Rose Casino and Resort
Windmill Realty

Reading Takes You Everywhere!

This summer let Reading Take you Everywhere @ Schmaling. Registration for the children’s (preschool-5th grade), young adult (6th-12th grade), and adult summer reading program runs through Saturday, June 9. The Reading Program kicks off on Monday, June 11 and runs through Saturday, July 7. Check out our Events Calendar to see a listing of all our fun summer reading activities!

PrairieCat Now Offers Personalized Schmaling Homepage and New Digital Media Service

PrairieCat 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.