Due to the icy road conditions and grim forecast, the Library will be closed today, Tuesday, January 22nd. Materials that were due today will now be due tomorrow. As always, if you need to renew materials, you may do so by phoning the library and leaving a message, emailing us, or renewing through your online account.
Please be safe and use caution if you have to travel in this weather.
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!
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
Citizen’s First Bank
Community State Bank
First Gateway Credit Union
Fulton Dental Associates
Huizenga & Wierenga Insurance
Kiwanis Club of Fulton
Lockhart & Law Insurance
Parochetti Enterprises -Taco Bell of Clinton
Wild Rose Casino and Resort
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!
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.
September 17 is Constitution Day! Check out these books about the U.S. Constitution and the Founding Fathers who penned and signed this revolutionary document. You can also read more about the Constitution and view photographs of the official document at: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution.