News Updates for November 16-22, 2023

The Library will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, the 24th for Thanksgiving.

New Furniture

The small study room is available again! Thank you for your patience as we renovated and updated the space. The archival materials of Unity High School yearbooks, backlogs of the County Star newspaper, Tolono Township records and maps, and all the old tomes have been re-homed and distributed throughout the community. Now there is space for a larger study table that seats five people and lets you power electronic devices with built-in charging ports. The room also features a new magnetic whiteboard for brainstorming and a mounted television that pairs with your personal devices for digital projects and presentations. We hope these technological updates are of greater use to our patrons. Please don’t hesitate to bring your next study group session to the Library and see the makeover. The room is used on a first come, first served basis, so drop in any time!


November is National Picture Book Month! The Library is celebrating by featuring Caldecott medal winners and honorees on our red wall display in the children’s area. Find old favorites and check out recent winning titles. We also have some award winners in Wonderbook format. Kids can follow along with the pages as the book reads to them. Come and find the stories you want to share as a family.

Programs and Events This Week

STEM Explorers: Volcano / Thursday, November 16th, 4:00—5:30 p.m. Stop by the Library to build a volcano, and then watch it erupt! We’ll learn why baking soda and vinegar are such an explosive combination, and about how real volcanoes form. Recommended Ages: 6-11.

Adult Craft N’ Chat: Hand-Dipped Candles / Friday, November 17th, 5:30—7:00 p.m. Come to the Library to create hand-dipped candles that can give a whimsical look to any space and are equally lovely as soft lighting or mantle decor. Limited space. Please register online or by calling the Library. Recommended Ages: 18+.

The IDEA Zone / Saturday, November 18th, 1:00—3:30 p.m. Come to the Library and bring your designs to life in the IDEA Zone! We have a variety of materials, supplies, and equipment for you to use, including a Cricut, 3D Printer, sewing machine, button maker, and glue guns as well as fabric, paper, paint, and miscellaneous craft supplies. Use our materials or bring your own! A signed user agreement must be completed by the time of the event. A copy of this agreement can be found on our website [HERE] or by visiting the Library. Recommended Ages: 8+. Parental supervision required.

Children’s Storytime / Tuesday, November 21st, 10:00—10:30 a.m. Come to the Library for a fun story time filled with stories, songs, and silly rhymes. Recommended Ages: 0-5.

Play Group with Friends / Tuesday, November 21st, 10:30—11:00 a.m. Bring your children for a playdate at the Library while you enjoy conversation with other parents and caregivers in the community. Recommended Ages: 0-5.

Upcoming Programs

Santa at the Library / Friday, December 1st, 5:00—6:30 p.m. Santa is coming to the Library! Stop by to get your photo taken with Santa, design a vial of hot cocoa, snap a photo in the selfie corner, and get a special wrapped gift for attending! All ages welcome.