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In This Newsletter:

▪ What's Happening in September
▪ October Highlights
What's Happening in September
October Highlights

What's Happening in September

Calendar of Events

Holiday Closure

We will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Tiny Art Contest

This month-long contest is for children and adults of all ages!
How it works: Pick up a tiny canvas from the library any time between 9/1 and 9/24. Take it home, create your masterpiece, and bring it back to the library by 9/25 to be put on display. Anyone can vote for their favorite work of art, with voting closing on September 30th. The winner will be announced on October 2nd! The winner of the art contest will take home a $20 Hartfield Books gift card.

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Lap Time

Lap Time takes place every Wednesday morning at 9:30. This is a 30 minute program for babies to sing, move, listen to stories, and play!

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Story Time

Story Time runs every Thursday at 10:00 AM. Story time is a half hour filled with books, songs, instruments, and play.


Play Time

Play Time is on Friday mornings from 10:00 -12:00. Join us for free play in the program room and socialize with other families!

Drop-In Games

Monticello schools have an early dismissal day on Wednesday, September 6th. If you're looking for something for your family to do that afternoon, drop in at the library any time from 1:00 to 4:00 PM to play games! All ages are welcome.

ILP: Colson Whitehead

On Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 PM, Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Nickel Boys, will speak with moderators from Illinois Libraries Presents about his work. Register for this Zoom event here.

Suicide Awareness with Kirby Senior Life Solutions

This informational event will introduce you to the Kirby Senior Life Solutions program, which helps seniors with their mental health. This event is taking place on Thursday, September 7th at 2:00 PM and it will be led by Taylor Ferguson.


Bingo is taking place on Monday, September 11th at 2:00 PM!

Brick Builders Lego Club

This after school club starts the week after Labor Day (Monday, September 11th at 3:30 PM) and runs through December. Every week we'll offer a new challenge to kids who love to build with Legos! No registration required. Recommended for kids age 6+.

History of American Pie...and Illinois is Well Represented!

Pies are as American as pizza is American: we took a great idea, adapted it to our needs and ran with it. Our ancestors used what they had available locally and made the most from it. You might be thinking that pies are just for dessert, but for our American ancestors, they were often considered survival food. Sometimes, they ate pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner for months at a time.

Catherine Lambrecht, who achieved Grand Champion and Best of Show at the Lake County Fair for apple pie, will present the history of pies in America and our state.

Learn Together, Grow Together Book Group

Our nonfiction book group resumes this fall with The Art Thief by Michael Finkel. Join us on Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 PM to discuss the book!


Make some fun fall decor with us at Crafternoon on Thursday, September 21st at 2:00 PM! Please register for Crafternoon on eventbrite by clicking here.

Super Saturday

The library loves welcoming animal visitors! This time they're coming from the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic. All ages are welcome to attend this program on Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM!

Read, Watch, Discuss Book Group

We have a new books and movies club kicking off on Tuesday, September 26th at 10:00 AM! The first title for the Read, Watch, Discuss book group is Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. Read the book before 9/26, then come to the library to watch the movie and discuss both.

October Highlights


Illinois Heartland Library Crawl

The 5th Annual Library Crawl is taking place all month long in October! The Annual Library Crawl is a unique event organized by the public libraries of Illinois Heartland Library System as a fun way to introduce your public library's patrons to the other libraries of the IHLS service area. Patrons visit area libraries throughout the month of the crawl and get a passport stamp at each library they visit. Some patrons have tried to visit every library in the crawl! The main purpose, though, is to help participants discover the many, many great resources available to them with their library cards. More information about the Crawl can be found on our Facebook page soon!

ILP: Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians and Don’t Fear the Reaper. This event is taking place on Zoom on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 PM.

Elvis Presley, King of Rock and Roll

Historian Jim Gibbons will present the life of Elvis Presley on Friday, October 6th at 2:00 PM.

Super Saturday

All ages are invited to paint a trick or treat bag on Saturday, October 21st at 10:00 AM.


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