Dutch Days Wooden Shoe Races

3rd Grade Wooden Shoe Race photo
2023 3rd Grade Wooden Shoe Race

Wooden shoe like to run in a Wooden Shoe Race? Join us downtown at the Dutch Days main stage area as we sponsor 2 special sessions of Wooden Shoe Racing this year!

6th-8th Graders are invited to participate in the Middle School Wooden Shoe Race on the evening of Friday, May 3rd at about 5:30 (after Dutch Dancing). Wooden shoes will be provided but please bring your own if you have them!

Pre-K (at least age 4) thru 5th Graders are invited to race on Saturday, May 4th at 12:30pm. Racers will race in their respective grade level heats and we hope to have each of the heat winners compete in a final race against a special guest racer! Again, wooden shoes will be provided but please bring your own if you have them!

Illinois Income Tax Forms Available Now

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The following Illinois Income Tax Forms are now available at Schmaling:

IL-1040 Form & Instructions

Schedule ICR Form & Instructions

Schedule IL-EIC Form & Instructions

Additional Illinois income tax forms are available online: https://tax.illinois.gov/forms/incometax.html

Please note that we will NOT be receiving any Federal forms. Federal income tax forms are available online: https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions

Online forms and instructions may be printed at the library for our regular printing fee of $0.25 per page for black & white prints or $0.50 per page for color prints.

Adult Book Giving Tree!

It’s the season of giving and this holiday season, we’re asking you to consider sponsoring a book to add to the library’s collection through the Schmaling Holiday Giving Tree. Below you can see the Adult books available for sponsorship on the Giving Tree! When you sponsor a book, we will put a special nameplate in the book saying it was donated by you AND (probably the best thing about sponsoring a book through the Holiday Giving Tree) when that book comes in to the library, you will be the FIRST to read it! Contact the library today if you’d like to sponsor one of these fabulous upcoming books! Call 815-589-2045, send a Facebook message, email fulpublib@mchsi.com, or just stop in. Then drop off cash or check at the library, we’ll order the books, and call you when they’re available for your special first read!

Children’s Book Giving Tree!

This holiday season, we’re asking you to consider giving the gift of reading by sponsoring a book to add to the library’s collection through the Schmaling Holiday Giving Tree! Simply choose a book (or books!) to sponsor and let us know by stopping in to the library, calling 815-589-2045, emailing fulpublib@mchsi.com, or sending a message through Facebook. As long as no one else has already sponsored that book, when it comes in, we’ll put a special nameplate in the book saying it was donated by you AND you’ll get the first read on it! Just drop off the cash or check for your sponsorship at the library! And remember, all donations to the library are tax-deductible!

Book Sale

Fulton Fall Fest Library Book Sale. Saturday, Oct. 7 10am-4pm. Downtown Fulton, near corner of 11th Avenue and 4th Street

Join us in beautiful downtown Fulton during this year’s Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7. Your friendly library staff, board, and volunteers will be set up with a fabulous book sale! Loads of used books will be available for a suggested donation of just 50 cents per book! So help us clean house a little and also raise money to keep the latest and greatest books filling our shelves!

Our First Dutch Days Wooden Shoe Race

This year, the library was fortunate enough to sponsor the Children’s Wooden Shoe Race at Dutch Days. We had 37 children in preschool through 5th grade participate in this fun event! We’d like to thank Trudy Feldt of the Dutch Days Costume Committee for lending us her vast collection of wooden shoes! And we’d like to thank LeAnn Smith for donating the yummy treats in the children’s goody bags and providing some more wooden shoes for the event! Thank you to Sarah Plumley and Rebecca Huizenga for providing us with photos of this super fun event! Double-click on any image to see the full photo.

2022 Large Print Holiday Giving Tree

‘Tis the season of giving and this year we’re asking you to consider giving the gift of reading to our community by sponsoring one or more books from our 2022 Holiday Giving Tree. When you sponsor a book from the Holiday Giving Tree, you ensure that book is added to the library’s collection AND you also get first read when the book arrives. These are the books chosen for the 2022 Large Print Holiday Giving Tree. While some of the books are older titles, many of them are new books that will be published in January and February 2023. If you would like to sponsor a book, please drop by the library, send us a message through Facebook, or email fulpublib@mchsi.com. If you send a message or email, please wait for confirmation that your title is still available for sponsorship before dropping off payment at the library.

2022 Young Adult Holiday Giving Tree

‘Tis the season of giving and this year we’re asking you to consider giving the gift of reading to our community by sponsoring one or more books from our 2022 Holiday Giving Tree. When you sponsor a book from the Holiday Giving Tree, you ensure that book is added to the library’s collection AND you also get first read when the book arrives. These are the books chosen for the 2022 Young Adult Holiday Giving Tree. While some of the books are older titles, many of them are new books that will be published in January and February 2023. If you would like to sponsor a book, please drop by the library, send us a message through Facebook, or email fulpublib@mchsi.com. If you send a message or email, please wait for confirmation that your title is still available for sponsorship before dropping off payment at the library.

2022 Children’s Holiday Giving Tree

‘Tis the season of giving and this year we’re asking you to consider giving the gift of reading to our community by sponsoring one or more books from our 2022 Holiday Giving Tree. When you sponsor a book from the Holiday Giving Tree, you ensure that book is added to the library’s collection AND you also get first read when the book arrives. These are the books chosen for the 2022 Children’s Holiday Giving Tree. While some of the books are older titles, many of them are new books that will be published in January and February 2023. If you would like to sponsor a book, please drop by the library, send us a message through Facebook, or email fulpublib@mchsi.com. If you send a message or email, please wait for confirmation that your title is still available for sponsorship before dropping off payment at the library.

2022 Adult Giving Tree

‘Tis the season of giving and this year we’re asking you to consider giving the gift of reading to our community by sponsoring one or more books from our 2022 Holiday Giving Tree. When you sponsor a book from the Holiday Giving Tree, you ensure that book is added to the library’s collection AND you also get first read when the book arrives. These are the books chosen for the 2022 Adult Holiday Giving Tree. While some of the books are older titles, many of them are new books that will be published in January and February 2023. If you would like to sponsor a book, please drop by the library, send us a message through Facebook, or email fulpublib@mchsi.com. If you send a message or email, please wait for confirmation that your title is still available for sponsorship before dropping off payment at the library.

Schmaling Endowment Fund

The Schmaling Memorial Public Library Endowment is an endowment fund housed with the Quad Cities Community Foundation. The library receives a yearly grant from this endowment that helps the library fund projects and pay for various needs.

In the past 10 years, endowment funds have been used for the following :

  • Circulating materials (books, audiobooks, DVDs, etc)
  • Microfilm scanner
  • Elevator upgrades
  • Window refinishing
  • Improvements to the Children’s Room
  • Technology
  • And more!

By making a donation to the Schmaling Memorial Public Library Endowment, you gift a gift that truly keeps on giving to the library year after year. And now, you can give online through the Quad City Community Foundation’s secure giving portal. Click on the image above or visit the link below:

https://qccf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=2219

Biblioboard

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

FREE Practice Driving Tests

Free DMV Practice Tests

You can now access Free Illinois DMV driving tests from Driving-Tests.org through Schmaling Memorial Public Library. Just click on the “Start Now” button above (or the image located on the left hand side of the library’s home page) and you will be directed to Driving-Tests.org’s range of practice driving tests covering everything from car and motorcycle tests to CDL tests and driving handbooks. Whether you’re a new driver just getting your license or you just need to bone up on those obscure road signs, you’ll find tools to prepare before that big exam!