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Mike Woods Book Signing

Saturday, October 9, 10:00am -12:00pm

Retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as a career public school social studies teacher and athletic coach, Dr. Mike Woods, a former Fulton Steamer, has published his third book. The title of his new book is—I am a Teacher. The Fulton Public Library (Schmaling) in Fulton will be the location for the book signing event on October 9 from 10 a.m. until noon. Visitors are expected to wear a mask. In the evening Dr. Woods will be inducted into the Fulton Steamers first Hall of Fame ceremony.


In his book, I am a Teacher, Dr. Woods presents an uninhibited look at teaching in America’s public and private schools along with the University of Illinois from the 60s to 2012. He draws from his own personal experiences as he describes them along with the fads, trends and politics in education that occurred during his career. He brings broad interest and unusual understanding to a challenging and enticing facet of American life.


Dr. Woods will have some copies of his book, The Game: The Way We Were to the Way We Are along with his second book, The family. Gary Herrity, a former writer for The Clinton Herald said in his review of The Game.


                 “He uses his book as a vehicle to explain how a sport, a small town, and many national events converge in his life. It is a book that is much more than a sports story.”


Dr. Woods’ second book, The Family, is a story of his Midwest family during the 20th century. Both parents were born in Clinton, Iowa in the early 1900s and traveled through WWI, the Roaring 20s, The Great Depression, WWII, the Sleepy 50s, the Uproarious 60s, and so on. The family moved to Fulton in 1942 where Tommy Woods bought the drug store. The family survived WWII and went on to raise the seven boys and one girl.


Again, The Clinton Herald writer Gary Heredity. He said, “The Woods family lived it, loved it, and used the lessons to enrich their lives.”
Two of Dr. Woods books, The Family and I am a Teacher are available at www.talespress.com for $20.

Photograph of Mike Woods

Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois logo

Schmaling Memorial Public Library now offers Explore More Illinois, a cultural pass program that provides discounts and other offerings from museums, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers, and other attractions across the state of Illinois. The program is free for adults 18 years and older who have a library card from a participating library. Offerings differ by attraction and include free or reduced admission, free parking, discounts at attraction shops, and more.  

Explore More Illinois is available 24/7 from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Visit https://exploremore.quipugroup.net/, and log in using a valid library card number and password to review and reserve offerings by attraction and specific dates. 

 Current attractions include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield), Chicago Children’s Museum, and Discovery Center Museum (Rockford). Visit exploremoreillinois.org to see a complete list. New attractions are added on a regular basis so be sure to check back frequently.

Explore More Illinois is a service of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). RAILS is funded by a grant from the Illinois State Library through the Office of the Secretary of State Jesse White and provides a number of different programs and services for Illinois libraries and library users.

Contact library staff for more information at 815-589-2045 or email fulpublib@mchsi.com.

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 (fulpublib@mchsi.com), 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!)