News Updates for September 28-October 04, 2023

The Tolono Library’s 3D printer is operational! Make your own designs or send in a ready-to-print template to Community Engagement Coordinator, Claire Quin, and she will start manufacturing your creation on the 3D printer. Please stop by the circulation desk with your questions and to read our terms of use for this shared equipment. We are so excited to have this new resource for our patrons!

Last Call for National Library Card Sign Up Month

Don’t forget to bring a friend to the Library for National Library Card Sign Up Month! Now is the time to get signed up for a library card and discover all of the books, programs, and services that Tolono Public Library District has to offer. Get the word out about the library. When you bring a friend to sign up for a library card, both you and your friend are eligible for great prizes! Before closing time on September 30 is the last chance to participate. Don’t miss out on winning some cool prizes.

  • Kids (0-11): You and your friend can each choose a prize from our prize treasure chest!
  • Teens: You and your friend will each be entered into a drawing to win a matching set of folding bungee cord chairs!
  • Adults: You and your friend will each be entered into a drawing for an Applebee’s gift card!

October is the 5th Annual Library Crawl

For the entire month of October, Illinois Heartland Library System is having its 5th Annual Library Crawl! Come to Tolono Public Library District to be issued a Library Passport, then take that passport to other participating libraries within the region for a stamp. If you visit five or more libraries and bring your stamped passport back to Tolono Library by November 6th, you’ll be entered into a gift card drawing! Come October, a list of nearby participating libraries will be available on the webpage so that you can plan your visits. All library crawl participants who visit Tolono Library will receive swag of their choice. Your library card will work at any location, so get out there and explore the wide and wonderful offerings throughout the Illinois Heartland Library System!

Programs and Events This Week

Kids Craft Time: Pasta-and-Leaf Necklaces / Thursday, September 28th, 3:30—5:30 p.m. Drop in at the Library to bead your own necklace made of pasta and paper leaves! Recommended Ages: 6-11.

Touch-A-Truck / Saturday, September 30th, 1:00—3:30 p.m. Honk! Beep! Vroom! Come out to the Sadorus Community Park to see the vehicles that drive down our streets up close, and meet their operators who care for and protect our community. Kids of all ages will be able to interact with everything from firetrucks to construction equipment to tractors. The last half hour will be sensory-friendly with no sirens, lights, or horns. All Ages Welcome!

Children’s Storytime / Tuesday, October 3th, 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, October 3th, 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.

Coffee Talk / Wednesday, October 4th, 9:00—10:00 a.m. Twice a month, seniors are welcome to visit the Library for coffee and light refreshments in the company of other seniors in the community! This month, Emily Harman from the University of Illinois Extension Office will give a presentation on avoiding social isolation and keeping engaged in one’s community. Recommended Ages: Senior.

STEAMers: Bath Fizzies / Wednesday, October 4th, 10:30—11:00 a.m. Come put on your thinking cap at the Library for an activity that’s full of science, learning, and fun! This week, we are making bath bombs to take home and learn about why they fizz! Recommended Ages: 0-5.

LEGO® Club / Wednesday, October 4th, 3:30—5:00 p.m. Come build a creative LEGO® design at the Library! All materials will be provided, you just bring the imagination. Recommended Ages: 6-11.

Illinois Libraries Present: Chills & Thrills with Stephen Graham Jones (via Zoom) / Wednesday, October 4th, 7:00—8:00 p.m. Stephen Graham Jones joins us via Zoom to talk scary stories, horror, and more with horror expert Becky Spratford. Registration required.

Upcoming Programs

STEM Explorers: Autumn Leaf Rubbings / Thursday, October 5th, 4:00—5:30 p.m. Trees are all around us, but have you ever asked yourself how they eat? Stop by the Library to make rubbings of leaves and learn about plants’ vascular systems and photosynthesis! Recommended Ages: 6-11.

Page Turners Book Club / Saturday, October 7th, 2:00—3:00 p.m. Join other readers at the Library to discuss “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave. Light refreshments are provided. No registration necessary. Recommended Ages: 18+.