Category Archives: Happenings

Used Book Sale Draws Near

Donations have been pouring into the library for the upcoming BOOK SALE sponsored by the Education Committee of the Windmill (Windmill Cultural Center & de Immigrant Windmill​) and S.O.S. (Supporters of Schmaling). Much thanks to all those have donated and also to the many volunteers who have been tirelessly transporting and categorizing for the big sale being held April 17th and 18th.  Here are the details:

  • WHERE: (former) TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 518 13TH AVE. (corner of 5th St. and 13th Ave.)
  • WHEN: FRIDAY from 4 – 7 p.m. and SATURDAY from 8 a.m. – NOON (regular sale prices) and then re-opening for the “BAG SALE” from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • WHAT: There will be books of almost every genre, including children’s books, poetry, cookbooks, large-print editions, history, and plenty more fiction and non-fiction selections.  There are also many puzzles, games, DVDs, and video-cassette tapes.
  • WHAT ELSE: Friday evening of the sale will also include a BOOK SIGNING by local authors Misty Evans, Amy Manemann, Dionne Witt, and Aria MichaelsThere will also be a BAKE SALE!
  • PRICE: Admission is FREE! After the regular sale, a “BAG SALE” will be held to clear out as many items as possible.

All proceeds will go toward staff development for the “Education Committee of the Windmill Area and for enhancements in the Children’s Department here at the library.  You can also read about the sale here at the city of Fulton’s website.

Questions?  Call (815) 589- 3160 or 2045

Fine Forgiveness Opportunity


If Shel Silverstein’s poem resonates with you a little too personally: never fear. During NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK (April 13 – 18), Schmaling will be FORGIVING FINES. Yeah, that’s right. Obviously, some restrictions, parameters, rules, and stipulations will apply (you are dealing with librarians, after all)*; but for the most part, during the week of April 13th you may walk away from the library with your freshly, liberated head held high.

* All overdue items must first be officially returned; patrons with fines over $10 who opt to receive this grace may do so this year only (it’s bureaucracy, not theology); you must be able to list 3 of the 10 major classes that comprise the Dewey Decimal system.

February Book Club Selection


Get ready for next month’s book discussion by picking up the latest selection, THE HIRED MAN, by Aminatta Forna, at the library.  As always, we have many copies available. February’s meeting will be Tuesday, the 24th, at 6 pm. 

Not sure you’d dig it? Well, here’s a lovely review:

Library Joins Christmas Walk Festivities

Christmas Walk Lantern

Don’t forget to stop by Schmaling Memorial Library during the CHRISTMAS WALK December 5th!
We will be having an open house from 5-7pm where you can warm up plus we can show off all the new flooring and the downstairs makeover!

Stop in again Saturday, the 6th, for a CHILDREN’S STORY READING at 10:30, and then an open CRAFT time from 11 – 12:30.

For a full schedule of events for the Fulton Christmas Walk, see: