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June Book Club Selection Soars

Join the River Bend Readers Book Discussion group as they discourse about the book H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald. The book recounts the author’s time spent devoted to adopting, raising, and training a goshawk following the devastating loss of her beloved father. It was also one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year for 2015.

Attention Summer Reading Program Participants: If you read this month's book club selection AND you attend the book discussion, you'll get a BONUS punch in your Summer Reading Club Card!

The group will meet Tuesday, June 27th, from 6 – 7pm.

Copies available at the library.

Short Stories for Sultry Days

When torrid temperatures prevail, why not beat it to a seat with a refreshing short story collection? Some of the collections available here at the library include:

Stories of Mark Twain, by  Mark Twain (F TWA)

Runaway: Stories, by Alice Munro (F MUN)

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, by David Sedaris (813.0108 CHI)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, by Ernest Hemingway (F HEM)

The Turn of the Screw: and Other Short Novels, and The Short Stories of Henry James, by Henry James (PB JAM and F JAM)

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, by Louis L’Amour (LP LAM)

An Anthology of Famous British Stories, edited by Bennett Cerf

Short Stories: Vol. 1 and 2, by Leo Tolstoy (F TOL) *To read one his most acclaimed short stories, How Much Land Does a Man Need?,  which is not contained in these volumes, click here.

The short stories of Oscar Wilde: found in two books of his collected works at 820.8 WIL and 828 .809 WIL

The short stories of Flannery O’Connor (F OCO)

Highlight: Presidential Themed Resources


Brush up on your Presidential Proficiency in honor of Presidents’ Day!

We have insightful biographies, documentaries on DVD, anthologies, trivia books, and presidential themed non-fiction titles ranging from the novel to the austere.  Biographies (Dewey Decimal System call number 920) are found in the small closet which also contains first editions, cookbooks, and paperbacks.  The non-fiction presidential themed books are located in 970 – 973.7, with 973.7 being devoted exclusively to the works of Abraham Lincoln.  Non-fiction DVDs are located in the small closet which also contains movies, audiobooks and CDs.

The library will be closed Monday, February 15th, for Presidents' Day
Also, if you are interested in viewing an entire listing of the Dewey Classification System published by the University of Illinois, please click here.

Round ‘Em Up!

book donations for book sale 2015


Schmaling Memorial Public Library will now be accepting book donations YEAR ROUND!!

The Library will send donated books that will not be added to our  collection to Better World Books who will then sort and sell items through over 50 marketplace channels. The Library earns a commission for each item that we send in that is sold through Better World Books. You can help the Library earn that commission by donating your gently used books to the Library. So please, bring us your gently used books, DVDs, and CDs. If you have a large collection of materials to donate (more than one box), please call the Library before simply dropping your donation off. Arrangements may need to be made for large donations, so we ask that you give us time to prepare sufficient space/staff to handle the materials.
We will be accepting a lot of materials, but here is a list of items we will not accept:

Excessively worn materials (books with broken spines, ripped covers, and/or missing pages, scratched/broken media discs, books with mold/mildew, etc.)
Books published by magazines (such as Time-Life or Reader’s Digest Condensed Books)
Audio cassettes, VHS tapes, LP records, computer software
Activity books
Reference material over 5 years old (dictionaries, thesauruses, etc.)
Magazines, journals, and other periodicals
Directories/telephone books
College textbooks published more than 10 years ago (textbooks with a publication date of 2006 or later will be accepted)
Books published in non-Western script