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a fireside chat with john sandford

Schmaling Library, with the support of Westchester Public Library and RAILS, Presents:

A Fireside Chat with John Sandford

Wednesday, April 14

7:00 PM

Experience this LIVE virtual visit with best-selling author, John Sandford, from your own home via ZOOM! Call Schmaling at 815-589-2045 to reserve your spot today. Only 20 seats available. Reservations will only be accepted over the phone. Must have valid email address and home internet access to participate.

Read Your Way Across the USA Reading Program For All Ages

It’s time to “Read Your Way Across the USA” in 2021 at Schmaling! We have a big challenge for you this year. We want you to read your way all across the 3.797 million square miles of the USA! Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Not so much!

Here’s how this works: We’re encouraging Schmaling patrons of all ages (a valid Schmaling library card is required to participate –parents may not use a child’s card to participate but children without their own library card may use a parent’s card to participate) to take a journey all across these great United States by reading a book of your choice (fiction or non-fiction) about or set in each of the 50 states (in no particular order) between now and the end of the year (50 books, wow!). Sign up for the program by calling us (815-589-2045), emailing us (, or even Facebook messaging us. You can print the log sheets from our website or you can request paper copies that you can pick up at the library.

For each book you read that fits the parameters of the challenge, log the title and the author of the book on your Participant Log Sheet under the state it represents. Turn in your Participant Log Sheet to the library when you’ve completed the challenge and win a Schmaling Library T-Shirt. (Log Sheets will be accepted through end of business on Jan. 8, 2022). Read 3 bonus books set in or about Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam and receive not just the Schmaling Library T-Shirt, but also a $5 gift card. All books logged should be at the participant’s reading/interest level. (Sorry, parents, you cannot log that picturebook you just read to your 4-year-old for yourself! But please do log it for your child!)

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

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:

and also through Biblioboard:

If you would like to join this virtual family book club, please email 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!