Outdoor Movie Screening Survey

We need your help! We’re trying to plan programming for the spring and summer in the hopes that we may be able to have some in-person programming. One of the things we’re thinking about doing are outdoor movie screenings on the front lawn at the library. We need to know if there is interest in these outdoor showings as a significant amount of money is required to make these happen due to licensing for copyright compliance. So, please fill out this short survey so we are able to judge interest level!!!!!

Here’s the survey link: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdcWhn4iE…/viewform..


coloring page coaster image

Back by popular demand are the monthly Adult/Teen Craft Kits. We were a little late on getting our supplies so they didn’t come out the beginning of the month like we wanted, but January’s Adult/Teen Craft Kits are now available! This month’s offering is a simple but fun Coloring Page Coaster. Coloring page designs and detail level vary. Craft kits are available in the BLUE crate outside the library’s 5th St. entrance during all of the library’s open hours. Please take only one craft kit per person. And while these crafts are simple enough to be completed by children, please leave the adult/teen crafts for the adults/teens and take the children’s craft kits for children.*****Please note that you will need a foam brush and Mod Podge to complete this craft, which are not included in the kits. However, if you do not have these items at home, a limited number of these supplies are available to you at no charge from the library if you call 815-589-2045 and request them.*****

Library Closed January 2nd

Due to the ice accumulation from yesterday’s storm, we have decided it will be best for everyone’s safety to close the library today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our patrons and staff is, as always, our number one priority. Be safe!

Closing Early Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the inclement weather coming this way, we are planning on closing the library at 4pm today (Tuesday, December 29). If the weather somehow misses us, we will remain open until 7 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of our patrons and staff is, as always, our number one concern. Be safe!

A Visit from St. Nick

We had a very special guest reader for Story Time this week! You may recognize him. He is very busy this time of year, but graciously agreed to come in and read the Christmas Classic, The Night Before Christmas written by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by Christian Birmingham, published by Courage Books. Enjoy!

2020 Large Print Holiday Giving Tree

We’ll be doing Schmaling’s annual Holiday Giving Tree a little differently this year. The ornaments will all be visible here on our website and on Facebook.  Each ornament features a particular book and the sponsorship cost for that book. If you would like to sponsor a book or books, call us at 815-589-2045 or email fulpublib@mchsi.com and let us know which book(s) you would like to sponsor. Sponsoring a book also entitles you to the “first read” on that book when the library gets it. Then you can either mail a check to the library or arrange a time to drop off your donation. This post features the Large Print Holiday Giving Tree ornaments.

2020 Young Adult Virtual Holiday Giving Tree

We’ll be doing Schmaling’s annual Holiday Giving Tree a little differently this year. The ornaments will all be visible here on our website and on Facebook.  Each ornament features a particular book and the sponsorship cost for that book. If you would like to sponsor a book or books, call us at 815-589-2045 or email fulpublib@mchsi.com and let us know which book(s) you would like to sponsor. Sponsoring a book also entitles you to the “first read” on that book when the library gets it. Then you can either mail a check to the library or arrange a time to drop off your donation. This post features the Young Adult Giving Tree Ornaments.

2020 Children’s Virtual Holiday Giving Tree

We’ll be doing Schmaling’s annual Holiday Giving Tree a little differently this year. The ornaments will all be visible here on our website and on Facebook.  Each ornament features a particular book and the sponsorship cost for that book. If you would like to sponsor a book or books, call us at 815-589-2045 or email fulpublib@mchsi.com and let us know which book(s) you would like to sponsor. Sponsoring a book also entitles you to the “first read” on that book when the library gets it. Then you can either mail a check to the library or arrange a time to drop off your donation.

2020 Adult Virtual Holiday Giving Tree

We’ll be doing Schmaling’s annual Holiday Giving Tree a little differently this year. The ornaments will all be visible here on our website and on Facebook.  Each ornament features a particular book and the sponsorship cost for that book. If you would like to sponsor a book or books, call us at 815-589-2045 or email fulpublib@mchsi.com and let us know which book(s) you would like to sponsor. Sponsoring a book also entitles you to the “first read” on that book when the library gets it. Then you can either mail a check to the library or arrange a time to drop off your donation. This post features the Adult Holiday Giving Tree Ornaments.

Family Reading Night Kits Available

Photo of Lions Family Reading Night Kit

Calling all families! It’s time for Family Reading Night! Family Reading Night is a statewide family literacy initiative encouraging families to take the time to read together. The official Family Reading Night is Thursday, November 19. However, you can celebrate Family Reading Night and read together as a family any night or day! In order to help you do just that, we have put together Family Reading Night reading kits. Each kit features 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction book, a DVD to go with them, and an assortment of activities, and goodies. Simply call us up, tell us which bag you’d like, and schedule a time to pick it up. We’ll check the books and DVD out to you for 4 weeks. When you’ve finished with them return the books and DVD and keep the bag and all its goodies! This year’s theme for the Family Reading Night kits is Zoo Mania! Below is the list of available reading kits. Pictured is the Lions Family Reading Night Kit. There is only one of each kit available, so call to check yours out today!

Elephants (A)
Elephants (B)
Penguins (A)
Penguins (B)
Exotic Birds
Polar Bears

Now Hiring!

Help Wanted: Schmaling Library Aide Position

This position is part-time (6-9 hours per week) and will consist of primarily daytime hours (10am-4pm on Tuesdays), with a spot in the Saturday rotation. Additional hours may be added to the schedule on an as-needed basis. We are looking for someone to start in November. Application deadline is October 31. Apply online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwEgqZY-SfkRG5g_f2eUZTS7AGymNiJ9BwfiTC-gulVmdo8g/viewform?usp=sf_link.


$10.00 per hour; $11.00 per hour beginning January 2021


Schmaling Memorial Public Library District is seeking a responsible and friendly individual to become part of Schmaling’s staff. We’re looking for a library aide who will be ready to interact with, assist, and direct patrons while working the circulation desk. This person will be working with patrons of all ages. Additional duties also include: shelving materials, assisting with library programs, processing library materials, creating book displays, and posting relevant information on the library’s social media pages and website. Interested parties may fill out an application online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwEgqZY-SfkRG5g_f2eUZTS7AGymNiJ9BwfiTC-gulVmdo8g/viewform?usp=sf_link. Application deadline is October 31.


  • Working the Circulation Desk, including checking materials in and out, renewing materials, searching the online catalog and library catalog for materials, placing holds, answering incoming calls, registering patrons, issuing library cards, collecting fines, faxing, and photocopying.
  • Assisting patrons in the use of the library and its equipment
  • Processing interlibrary loan deliveries
  • Shelving
  • Processing new materials
  • Assisting with planning and execution of library programs
  • Posting to the library’s social media pages and website
  • Additional duties as required

Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma/Equivalency Required

Skills/Physical Requirements:

  • Excellent people and customer-service skills with people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc.
  • Ability to identify high profile authors and their genres very strongly encouraged.
  • Ability to alphabetize and sort in numerical order.
  • Ability to communicate library policies to patrons in a diplomatic manner.
  • Ability to navigate and search the internet.
  • Ability to assist patrons with navigating and searching the internet.
  • Must be able to stand, reach, bend, stoop, and lift 25-50 pounds.
  • Must have experience using Microsoft Word, internet, Facebook, and email systems.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Publisher, and Power Point encouraged.
  • Library experience encouraged.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Must respect patron confidentiality and follow library policies.
  • Must have a basic understanding of library organization.

Returning to Curbside Services Only

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in town, the Library is returning to Curbside Services ONLY, effective immediately. There will be no in-library appointments available until further notice. We will continue to offer phone services and curbside delivery of library materials. Library staff will continue to offer faxing and and copying services, but patrons must remain outside. There will be no computer appointments available, either. We are returning to these preventive measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to ensure that our patrons and staff are safe.

Communication issues

The library is currently experiencing some communication issues. Since around 1:00pm today, our phone line is down. We have been assured that Frontier is working to correct the problem.

Our Facebook page has not been working since Facebook updated it nearly two weeks ago. We have contacted Facebook support and are still awaiting a response. ***Our Facebook page is now working again***

We apologize for these large inconveniences. Please check our website for information regarding hours and policies. We will continue to pursue support on these incredibly crucial issues.

And, just as a reminder, the library will be closing early at 6:00pm this evening and opening late tomorrow at 11:00am due to a scheduled power outage so that Com Ed can perform maintenance on the transformer near the library. Again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

Library Re-Opening to the Public by appointment July 6

The Schmaling Memorial Public Library will re-open to the public by appointment on Monday, July 6. We are requiring appointments to be made for anyone entering the building in order to properly maintain social distancing within our tight stacks. Appointments for shelf-browsing and checkouts will be limited to 15 minutes with 5-minute intervals between appointments to allow staff time to wipe down surfaces. Appointments for computer usage will be strictly limited to a one-hour time limit per session per day and only one computer will be available for use at a time. Photocopies and faxing will also be available by appointment. We will continue to offer curbside delivery and/or home delivery (for the most vulnerable patrons) to anyone who does not wish to enter the building.

EVERYONE (over age 2) entering the building will be REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK THAT COVERS THE MOUTH AND NOSE and hand sanitizer will be provided at the door. For those who choose not to wear a mask or are medically unable to do so, the library staff will be happy to continue to bring your materials to you outside. This policy will be enforced diligently and staff will refuse entry to anyone not wearing a mask.

Anyone entering the building will be required to provide their name(s) and phone number(s) for contact tracing purposes. This information will not be shared with anyone and will only be used by library staff to contact you should we be informed that someone who had been in the library tested positive for COVID-19.

All returns should continue to be made in the dropbox. No returns will be accepted within the library building. Reusable book bags will also not be allowed within the library. Library staff will provide you with a bag(s) for your materials when you check out. Elevator usage will be limited to only those who need it.

These procedures are in place to keep all of our patrons and staff members safe. We thank you for your understanding and your diligence in helping us prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The Library’s service hours through the month of July are:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00am to 7:00pm

Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am -1:00pm

Appointment times start at 10:20am.

New Phone Service and Curbside Pickup Hours Beginning Monday, June 8

We are pleased to announce new extended phone service and curbside pickup hours beginning Monday, June 8. The library will be open for phone service and curbside pickup the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Please continue to make an appointment for your curbside pickup. It helps us keep from having a lineup! And please continue to return all materials (including DVDs) in the drop box.

Additionally, we are now offering faxing and photocopying services by appointment. Please call 815-589-2045 to schedule an appointment. Someone will come out, get your materials and then return them to you in a few minutes once the faxing and/or photocopying is complete. Please note that photocopies are $0.25/page and faxing is $1.00 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page.

Reading List May 23

Today’s reading list is brought to you by Britni and features the adult authors Jen Turano and Charlie Lovett and the non-fiction topic of birds.

Additionally, we’re now offering Children’s Book Bags. Each Book Bag contains 10 picture books or easy readers and some coloring pages. Call the library at 815-589-2045 to find out what Book Bags are available. We’ll also put together bags by Accelerated Reader (AR) level or dot color. Call us up and tell us what level you want and we’ll pick out a selection of 3-10 books (depending on if they’re picture books, easy readers, or chapter books) for your child!

Reader’s Advisory List

In an effort to help our patrons out with reader’s advisory, the Schmaling Staff has been developing daily reading lists for you! We realize you can’t browse our shelves, so we thought we would help you out with some reading suggestions! Each reading list will feature books for a variety of ages and in a variety of formats available at Schmaling. Today’s list was brought to you by Roxane and features the Young Adult author Mary Downing Hahn, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, and the non-fiction topic of outdoor activities:

Curbside Delivery Begins May 18

It is with great pleasure that I announce that we will begin offering curbside service on Monday, May 18. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE BEFORE YOU CALL FOR SERVICES!!!!

These will be the hours of service for the library beginning May 18, at least through the end of May:

Monday, 1-4pm: Library staff available at the library to answer phone and compile holds lists –no pickup at this time.

Monday, 4-7pm: Curbside pickup services.

Tuesday, 1-4pm: Library staff available at the library to answer phone and compile holds lists –no pickup at this time.

Tuesday, 4-7pm: Curbside pickup services.

Wednesday, 1-4pm: Library staff available at the library to answer phone and compile holds lists –no curbside pickup on Wednesday.

Thursday, 1-4pm: Library staff available at the library to answer phone and compile holds lists –no pickup at this time.

Thursday, 4-7pm: Curbside pickup services.

Friday, 1-4pm: Library staff available at the library to answer phone and compile holds lists –no pickup at this time.

Friday, 4-7pm: Curbside pickup services.

Saturday, 10-1: Library staff available at the library to answer phone and compile holds lists and Curbside Pickup.

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day and no in-person library services will be available on this day.

The library building will remain closed to the public until further notice. Curbside pickup needs to be prearranged. You cannot just show up at the library and expect to get materials. There will be 3 ways to place holds on library materials. The first and most efficient way for you to place holds is to call the library at 815-589-2045 during the hours listed above. You may also email fulgill@prairiecat.info to place holds. Finally, beginning Monday, May 18, you will be able to place holds in the online catalog again. Please note, only Schmaling patrons will be able to place holds on Schmaling items in the online catalog. It is expected that Interlibrary Loan services will not be available again for quite some time.

To best protect our patrons and staff, curbside pickup will be contactless. You will be asked to make an appointment for pickup, pull up in front of the 5th St. entrance, call the library to inform us of your arrival, and pop your trunk for a library staff member to place your holds in the trunk or asked to remain in your vehicle or on the sidewalk while a library staff member places your materials outside the 5th St. entrance for you to pick up. Please do not approach any library staff members making your curbside delivery. Staff members delivering items will be wearing masks and LATEX gloves. If you have an allergy to latex, please let us know when you call to place your holds.

Patrons will be limited to 10 items from upstairs (adult and young adult materials) and 20 items from downstairs (children’s department) per week. Patrons will be limited to 1 curbside pickup per week per household. Patrons may check out up to 5 DVDs per library card. All materials, including DVDs, will be due back in 4 weeks.

The book drop is now open for all materials to be returned, including DVDs. RETURNS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN THE BOOK DROP. We will not accept any in-person returns.  If you have a game or something that absolutely cannot go in the drop box, please call the library to arrange for the item’s return. Upon removal from the book drop, returns will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before they are checked in to ensure any viable traces of the virus on the materials have died. During this 72-hour quarantine, the items will remain checked out to you. When the items are checked in, they will be backdated and no fines will accrue.

As we realize this has been a difficult time for many financially, the library board has elected to waive all late fees through the end of June. We have also waived all outstanding fines on materials that have been returned. Replacement fees for unreturned items and items returned damaged and billed will remain on patron accounts. If, however, unreturned items are returned before July 1, fines on those items will be waived as well.

As this is a new service and we are unsure of the demands that this will have on the library, hours and terms of curbside service are subject to change due to demand. These terms are also subject to change based on health guidelines, state and federal mandates, and legal concerns.

Virtual Dutch Days 2020

Virtual Dutch Days 2020

Hello out there in Fulton and beyond! We’re gearing up to reveal the Virtual Dutch Days 2020 webpage on Saturday, May 9. All content will be available on the library’s website (http://schmaling.lib.il.us) on Saturday morning and we’ll be sprinkling our Facebook page with content throughout the day, so you can choose to experience the Virtual Festival all at once on the website or bit by bit on our Facebook page. The Virtual Dutch Days page will be available on the website and the posts on our Facebook page for the foreseeable future, so, if you can’t make it on Saturday, don’t worry…the festival will still be there waiting for you later on.

In the meantime, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!! Here is a list of things you can help us out with (helpful tip: you can email us with your smart phone just by typing fulpublib@mchsi.com into the “To” box in your text messaging app):

1) Decorate your windows, yards, sidewalks, etc. with a Dutch theme!

2) Antique vehicle owners, please email (fulpublib@mchsi.com) photos of your antique vehicles for our Virtual Dutch Days Antique Vehicle Show. Please submit photos by 7pm Thursday, May 7.

3) Kids, build a miniature float and have your parents email a picture of your float to the library (fulpublib@mchsi.com) so we can include it in the Virtual Dutch Days Parade. Please submit all photos by 7pm Thursday, May 7. WE DON’T HAVE MANY FLOATS YET AND I KNOW THERE ARE TONS OF CREATIVE KIDS OUT THERE WHO COULD MAKE SOME REALLY AWESOME FLOATS!

4) Tractor owners, email us photos of your tractors for our Virtual Dutch Days Tractor Show! Email photos to fulpublib@mchsi.com by 7pm Thursday, May 7. In the body of the email, please include the owner’s name (if they’d like to be acknowledged) and the make and model of the tractor.

5) We need models for our Virtual Dutch Days Fashion Show. Dutch costume owners, don your costumes and take a selfie, or send us a picture of you or your family member in Dutch costume from Dutch Days past! Let’s see if we can get all the provinces and different costumes represented! Email your photos to fulpublib@mchsi.com by 7pm on Friday, May 8.

Virtual Dutch Days Parade Floats

Virtual Dutch Days 2020! Today we’re asking for some help from all the kids out there! Watch the video below to see some examples from Ms. Britni and her kids!

We need some floats for our Virtual Dutch Days Parade. So, how about it, kids? Can you make a miniature float (it does not need to have wheels) out of a cardboard box, LEGOS, Play-Doh, modeling clay, etc? Just anything you have around the house. Be creative! Then have a grownup email a picture of your float to the library at fulpublib@mchsi.com by 7pm Thursday, May 7. Make sure your parents tell us what your name is and what the theme of your float is. Then we’ll include the picture of your float in the virtual Dutch Days Parade! You do not need to have any particular theme for your float, but any floats depicting violence, obscenity, hate speech, or weapons will NOT be included in the virtual parade.

And remember to keep decorating your windows, yards, and sidewalks with a Dutch theme!

Virtual Dutch Days 2020

Virtual Dutch Days 2020 decorative image

Calling all Fulton residents and Dutch Days fans! As I’m sure you all know, Dutch Days has been cancelled this year. I know that I’m going to miss it and I bet a lot of you will as well. Because we can’t all get together in person at Dutch Days, the library staff has decided to put together a virtual Dutch Days on our website. We’ll be putting together a lot of fun Dutch Days related content for you and we hope to have the Virtual Dutch Days page ready to reveal by May 9 (I realize Dutch Days would have been May 1 and 2 but we just decided to do this). Throughout the next week we will have lots of ideas for how you can get involved in our virtual Dutch Days. A lot of you are familiar with the Heart Hunters Facebook group and I’ve seen a lot of hearts around town. Keep your hearts up by all means, but could you add a Dutch theme to your windows or yards? Put up some windmills, tulips, wooden shoes, create a Delft (blue and white) heart window or chalk drawing? Be creative! We’re working on creating a Facebook group to add photos of your Dutch Days related creations but are experiencing some technical difficulties. When it’s ready, we hope you’ll post photos of your creations. Or in the meantime, you can email photos to us at fulpublib@mchsi.com and we’ll share them on our Facebook page and our website!

Virtual Family Book Club

Anne of Green Gables Book Cover

Hello library patrons! We’re going to try something new! An online family book club. We will hold the first live virtual meeting (via Zoom) of this book club on Thursday, June 4 at 6 pm. We’ll be reading Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, one of my all time favorite books! You can read whatever format of the book you can find.

The e-book version is available for free through Amazon’s Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Green-Gables-AmazonClassics-Montgomery-ebook/dp/B073QRGDCW

and also through Biblioboard: https://library.biblioboard.com/content/697ef57f-faa1-4f9e-b629-009e640e7d7f

If you would like to join this virtual family book club, please email fulpublib@mchsi.com or just send a Facebook message to the library and I’ll share the Zoom meeting information with you! If you don’t wish to attend the virtual meeting, but would just like to read the book, feel free to do that, too! Accelerated Reader places this book at a 7.3 reading level, so families with younger kids might want to do this as a read-aloud. Happy reading, folks!

Harry Potter at Home

Today’s resource of the day is for wizards and muggles alike! Now through April 30, we have unlimited simultaneous user access to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in both e-book and e-audiobook formats in multiple languages through eRead Illinois: https://fulg.axis360.baker-taylor.com/. This access was provided free to our library patrons through Baker and Taylor and Pottermore Publishing as part of the Harry Potter at Home program! You can find more great Harry Potter at home activities here: https://www.wizardingworld.com/collect…/harry-potter-at-home.


Today’s resource of the day is Illinois’ new COVID-19 emotional support textline, Call4Calm. If you are feeling anxious or just feel a need to talk to someone during what has been a difficult time for everyone, you can text “talk” to 5-5-2-0-2-0 and you will get a callback from a licensed counselor within 24 hours. It’s important at a time like this to make sure you take care of your mental and emotional health as well. You can also use the Call4Calm textline to get information. You can text “food,” “unemployment,” or “shelter” to the same number and receive information on those topics.


Now through May 31, your Schmaling Library card gains you access to PressReader!

Press Reader Logo

PressReader provides access to more than 3000 magazines and 4000 newspapers published in the US and around the world. All content is always available without waits or turnaways. Publications from 160 countries in 60 languages are available via the PressReader website and App. Users can search by keyword across all publications, save search profiles and set up personal content subscriptions to titles. Click the PressReader logo to get started.

Use your library barcode number and PIN (the PIN you use to login to the PrairieCat catalog). If you need assistance, cannot remember your PIN, or do not have a Schmaling library card and would like to inquire about receiving a temporary digital library card, please email Britni Hartman at fulpublib@mchsi.com.

MidAmerica Books FREE e-Books and REsearch Database

Because this is just too good not to share today, we’re having 2 resources of the day today! I know parents and kiddos alike are looking for more books to read, so here’s some more FREE e-book access from MidAmerica Books! There’s the K-8 Digital Bookshelf: https://abdodigital.com/?tk=414F33301B8E136DEE3F0A93BF1795E1; the Secondary Digital Bookshelf for 5th through 12th grade: https://abdodigital.com/?tk=840BC558E6676AB1F4C9FA29D8EC6D69; and also the ABDO Zoom Research Database: https://www.abdozoom.com/zoomchoice/…. Thank you to MidAmerica Books for opening up access to these fantastic e-books!

Junior Library Guild FREE e-Book Collections

Today’s online resource is another e-book resource for kids up to teens! Junior Library Guild has opened up access to their e-book collections. They have very nice free collections which offer unlimited simultaneous readings. There are even some audios in there and there is no login or password required: https://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/at-home…


Today’s online resource of the day is Biblioboard! This is a FREE ebook and other digital resource project that allows unlimited simultaneous access to anyone who is physically in the state of Illinois! NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED. There are currently 3 “libraries” you can use, Inkie.org, RAILS for Schools which includes some great resources for kids, and Biblioboard Open Access. Check it out: https://library.biblioboard.com/modules

Quarantine Reading Challenge for kids

In order to encourage all of our young patrons to keep reading during their time off from school, Miss Gwen has created this super fun reading challenge! This challenge is for kids 0 to 5th Grade. Parents, if your kids aren’t reading on their own yet, read to them to complete the challenges. You’ll have fun too!

You can print this form or simply copy down the categories if you don’t have a printer. Complete the challenges and return it to the Library after we re-open for a special prize! NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE!!!!

eread illinois

eRead Illinois graphic

I’m going to try to update our website followers regularly and share online resources with you to get you through all these closures and self-isolation. Today’s resource is: eRead Illinois! eRead Illinois is a shared collection of tens of thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks to which your Schmaling Library Card gives you access! You can visit our custom collection at https://fulg.axis360.baker-taylor.com/. If you do not already have an account and need the information to set one up, please email fulpublib@mchsi.com. Include your name and complete 14-digit library card barcode number in the body of your email and I will give you the information you need to set up your account!

ALL Programs cancelled until further notice

All library programs are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be OPEN today, Monday, March 16 from 2-7pm. Due dates will be extended to 4 weeks for all items from this point forward and DVD limits will be raised from 2 to 5 per card. Fines will be waived on all overdue items until further notice. There will be an emergency board meeting tonight at the library at 5pm to discuss plans moving forward. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. We want EVERYONE to stay safe and healthy!

Dr. Seuss Stuffed Animal Stuffing Birthday Party

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Clipart

***Registration is required by Wednesday, February 12***

In honor of the great Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday, we’re throwing him a party –A stuffed animal stuffing party! On Saturday, February 29 (LEAP DAY!) we’ll have a cuddly good time as we read Dr. Seuss’ “What Pet Should I Get?,” taste some yummy treats and then stuff some fantastic stuffed animals to take home. This program is FREE thanks to a donation from the Nancy Buikema Library Fund. ***Registration for this event is required by 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 12. At the time of registration, your child will get to choose the animal they would like to stuff. You may pick up a registration form at the Library. No late registrations will be accepted and there will be no extra animals to stuff for anyone not registered.***

Census Hiring events

Join the 2020 Census Team Photo

On Thursdays, February 6 and 20, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, the Schmaling Memorial (Fulton) Public Library will be hosting a Census hiring event. A 2020 Census recruiter will be on hand to answer questions and speak to individuals about Census job opportunities. You can browse Census jobs and apply online at: 2020census.gov/jobs. Some of the available jobs are recruiting assistants, office staff, supervisors and census takers, with pay starting at $17.50/hour plus mileage. So, if you’re looking for a temporary, part-time job with flexible hours and great pay, the Census just might have the job for you!

Library Closing due to winter storm

Due to inclement weather, the library will close at 3:00 pm today, Friday, January 17, to allow our staff to safely reach their homes before the weather gets really bad. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. As always when we close unexpectedly, no fines will be charged on items due today that are not returned. You can also renew online, email us at fulpublib@mchsi.com, leave a message at 815-589-2045, or renew through the automated phone system by calling 888-542-7259.

Be safe, everyone and stay warm!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

We’d like to congratulate Kiki Swanson, Walker Barnhart, and Ephraim Hartman on reaching their goal to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Each child received a Certificate of completion, sticker, and a free book upon reaching his or her goal. The parents who dedicated their time to reading to their children and giving them a boost up to Kindergarten also received a special thank you gift for building up these young readers!

Any child who lives in our service area and has not yet started kindergarten is eligible to join our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. No child is too young! In fact, we STRONGLY encourage parents to read to their children from birth. The program is easy and self-guided. Just sign up in the Children’s Department, pick up your program materials, and start reading!

Family Reading Night

Thursday, November 21 is Family Reading Night! You still have time to come in and get your family’s Family Reading Night Kit. These kits are full of great books, a DVD, coloring pages, activity sheets, treats and more! All you have to return are the books and DVD…the rest of it is yours to keep! AND if you check out a kit and email us a photo of your family reading together tonight, we’ll put the photo up on our Facebook page and website AND you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Photograph of Family Reading Night Kit

Cozy Corner

Photograph of Cozy Corner

School’s back in session and the weather’s getting cooler. Sounds like it’s time to immerse yourself in a good book! So, stop on in to the library and stay awhile. We’ll put a pot of coffee on and you can get comfy in our new cozy corner! These wonderful new chairs were purchased with grant funds from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation.

Summer Reading Registration June 3-8

Step right up, folks, it’s Showtime @ Schmaling! Summer Reading Program registration is coming up June 3-8 and the reading program runs June 10-July 6. Remember, our program is for preschoolers through adults. And, you can sign any little ones who have not yet entered Kindergarten up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, as well. There is truly something for everyone!

Children entering preschool through 5th Grade win prizes for each reading slip they turn in up to the 5th and then get entries into the CHILDREN’S GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for $50! Young Adults (students entering grades 6-12) are entered into the weekly prize drawing for each book they read and when they reach 6 books will be entered into the YOUNG ADULT GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for $50! Adults are entered into weekly prize drawings for each book they read and when they reach 6 books will be entered into the ADULT GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for an overnight stay at Wild Rose Casino & Resort-Clinton and a $25 gift certificate at Coach’s Corner Bar & Grill at the Casino!

To register for our free Summer Reading Program, you must have a valid Schmaling or Albany Public Library Card. No library card is necessary for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten; the child, a parent, or caregiver must reside within the boundaries of the River Bend School District.

And remember, ANY registered River Bend student is eligible to get a Schmaling Library Card at no charge, regardless of where you live. Parents must accompany any child under age 14 to get a library card. These student cards are to be used ONLY BY THE STUDENT. Parents MAY NOT use their child’s card in lieu of paying the non-resident card fee.

Hours for May 24-June 1

photo of window being renovated

Window renovations are progressing nicely, but there’s a lot of work left to do. Here are our hours for the coming days:

Friday, May 24: 1-5pm
Saturday, May 25: 8am-1pm
Sunday, May 26: Closed
Monday, May 27: Closed, Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28: 4-7pm
Wednesday, May 29: 4-7pm
Thursday, May 30: 4-7pm
Friday, May 31: 4-7 pm
Saturday, June 1: 10am-1pm

Window Restoration in progress

New Hours During Window Renovations

Our interior window restoration project began May 16. This is a big job, but a lot of work has been done in just 2 days. Jay Tietjens of Tietjens Painting and Carpentry has been hard at work stripping and sanding the north window of the young adult section and even managed to get it stained today! With a new coat of stain, you can still see the beautiful woodgrain of this 110-year-old yellow pine window.

Because this is smelly work, the library cannot be open while the work is in-progress. So, we will have some different hours for the rest of the month. Here are the hours for the coming week:

Saturday, May 18: 8am – 1pm

Sunday, May 19: Closed

Monday, May 20: 4pm -7pm

Tuesday, May 21: CLOSED, Staff In-Service

Wednesday, May 22: 2pm -7pm

Thursday, May 23: 11am – 7pm

Friday, May 24: 11am -5pm

Saturday, May 25: 8am -1pm

Window renovations

decorative image

Interior Window Restoration Begins May 16

On May 16, ONLY the CHILDREN’S ROOM will be open 4:00-7:00 PM. The Upstairs will be CLOSED all day. There will be no public computer access available. Wi-Fi will still be accessible on personal devices.

We’re having some work done! Our interior window renovation work is beginning on May 16th. As this is the first day of the project, we will be getting a feel for how smelly it is. We are planning on opening the CHILDREN’S ROOM ONLY at 4 PM on the 16th. We will try our best to provide some new and popular adult and young adult materials downstairs, as well. However, there will be NO public computer access on this day! After the project gets under way, we will know more about which hours and departments can be open when. This project is estimated to last about one month. Throughout the course of the project we will do our best to be open as much as we can and due to our odd hours, we will be lenient with fines. Please visit our website, Facebook page, or give us a call to find out what our hours are going to be for the day. 

Landscaping face lift

This week the Library’s landscaping underwent a face lift. The Library received a 2019 FACE Gardens Grant for new mulch and plants in the library’s flower beds and around our new little free library (to be installed sometime this summer). The FACE Gardens Grant was created in memory of Gerry Kopf, the man responsible for establishing many of the roadside gardens that make Fulton so beautiful in the spring. Kyle Kopf represented the Kopf Family to present the Gardens Grant to the Library (pictured left).

Students (pictured right) and staff members from River Bend Middle School spent Wednesday morning and early afternoon at the Library raking out the beds and putting down new landscape fabric and mulch.

We’d like to thank the Kopf Family and FACE for giving the Library this wonderful grant. We’d also like to thank the River Bend Middle School students and staff members who worked so hard to bring new life to our landscaping. And, finally, we’d like to thank Ken Huizenga for hauling the mulch and helping out on Wednesday, as well. THANK YOU, ALL!

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:
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.