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Tolono Public Library News for 8-7 to 8-14, 2020

The Tolono Public Library would like to make you aware of the computer-generated notices you may be getting through your email or text messages. We are part of the Illinois Heartland System and the system generates messages.  The messages are sent to you as reminders that you have items that will be due soon, and for materials that are overdue.  We must quarantine items when they are returned to the library.  You may have returned an item and then get a notice about that very item.  Please know that when your items are checked in after the quarantine period, you will not be charged any overdue fines.

We do need you to return your materials in a timely manner, please.  We need you to put the items in a drop box and not bring them into the library for safety and sanitation reasons.  All of our drop boxes are open and you may place all materials in them.  (Items from the Champaign and Urbana Libraries need to be taken back to those libraries and not put in our drop boxes)

If you order books/materials from other libraries in our system, those books/materials must be quarantined several times before you are able to get them.  We thank you for your patience when waiting on books/materials.

We are asking that families stay together during their time at the library.  Children need to stay with parents.  Unfortunately, at this time we do not have games, puzzles, or activities.   The play area is closed as well.  We hope all families understand that we feel these measures are for the health and safety of all our patrons.  We do not have seating or spaces available for people to lounge, you will have to enjoy your selections in the comfort of your home.

Three of our patron computers are available for use on a sign-up basis.  We are limiting use to a half hour per guest.  We are limiting use to people needing a computer to check emails, look for employment, or to work on a resume.

All of our virtual programming and virtual resources are still available to you.  We are sorry, but we cannot accept donations at this time.  We do not know at this time when we will be able to accept donations again.

 

Children’s Take Home Craft

Children– Color a Castle Take Home Craft Kit will be available August 9-15.  Directions and (most) supplies are included.  Stop by the front desk to pick up a take home pack while supplies last.

Ag-tivities for Summer!

There are still a few August Ag-Bags available if you haven’t picked one up yet.  Ag-Bags are available on a first-come first-served basis and the August bag is the last one offered this summer.

Curbside Pick Up

You can still arrange for curbside pick up!  You can order books online or call us at 217-485-5558 and we can look for books for you! If you have books coming in from other libraries, you can arrange curbside pick up for those as well.  Most of the time we can offer same day pick up.  You can schedule your curbside pick up for a time that is convenient for you.  This is a great service for all of our patrons.

 Program Events  

Virtual Story Time

Preschoolers is being offered online through our website and our FaceBook page.  Miss Emily reads to children and offers suggestions for activities to go along with the story.  You can watch Story Time every Monday Morning at 10 am. Story times will run through the month of August. Suggested ages: birth to 5 yrs. And parents.

Absolute Science Programs  

Geared toward 5-12 yrs. Absolute Science Programs can be found on our website and they are also posted to our FaceBook page.  You can find a new program each Wednesday at 10 am.   Absolute science Programs are running through the month of August.

Summer Feeding Illinois

Champaign County Public Health is offering Grab and Go bagged breakfast and lunches for Champaign County children up to the age of 18.  A meal program representative is stationed at the front door of the Tolono Public Library Mon-Fri, from 10am-11:30 am.  Grab and Go bags will be offered through the middle of August.  For more information contact vkoress@cuphd.org or call 217-531-4319

Like Us on Facebook! 

You can find us on Facebook.  Search for Tolono Public Library District.  We post updates regularly as well as program information and videos.  This is a great way to connect with us!

Technology Help

If you have questions or problems with your devices or technology, please call Bree!   She is available for help M-F, 10a-3p.  Bree can help you troubleshoot a problem or walk you through a procedure to be able to use a virtual resource or your device.

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Tolono Public Library News for 7-30 to 8-7, 2020

The Tolono Public Library would like to let you know that we are here to help you!  Whether you need library materials or services or you have questions, we will do our best to serve you.  The following are our current frequently asked questions.  We hope this information is a benefit to all of our patrons.

FAQ’S

Are you open?

Yes!  Our hours are different right now because of COVID.  We are open Monday-Friday from 9-10am for Seniors and people with compromises.  We are open Monday-Friday from Noon-7pm for the general public.  Our Saturday and Sunday hours are Noon-3pm.

Are your drop boxes open?

Yes!  We have a drop box right by the front door to the building.  We have drop boxes on Tomaras Ave. and Prairie Rose in Savoy, and we have a drop box on Market St. in Sadorus.  All drop boxes are open for your convenience. We are picking book drops up regularly.

I put materials in the drop box a few days ago and they still show up on my account.  Why?

We must quarantine materials for 4 days after they come back into our building.  It takes a while for materials to be processed and checked in.

Will I be fined for materials still on my account or materials that I get a late notice about?

No. We are waiving all late fines that are associated with materials that you had to hold for us due to the COVID shutdown.  If you had pre-existing fines and fees on your account, you are still responsible for those fines and fees.

Do I have to wear a mask when I come to the Library?

Yes.  We require all patrons over the age of 2 to wear a mask upon entering the library.  If you cannot wear a mask for personal reasons, we have a form for you to fill out that will allow you to get materials through our curbside service.  We also have a hand sanitizing station in the lobby and ask everyone to sanitize their hands when they enter and exit the building.

How is the library keeping us safe during this time?

We sanitize the check out station after each patron checks out.  We sanitize keyboards and mice and computer stations after each patron use.  We are limiting the number of patrons in the building at a time and we limit the time a patron spends in the library when they are here.  We sanitize surfaces regularly during the day.  We wear masks.  We have installed a Nano-filtration system in the HVAC that filters out up to 99% of germs, allergens and molds from the air inside the library.

Are you still offering curbside service?

Yes!  Anyone can take advantage of our curbside service.  Simply call 217-485-5558 to arrange a curbside pick up of your materials.  We offer curbside services daily.

Can I bring my children to play at the library?

Not at this time.  We had to put away all puzzles, games and activities.  Our play and puppet areas are closed.  We do not have any seating at this time.  All of these measures are in place to prevent the spread of germs and to keep all our patrons as safe as we can.  We ask that families stay together while in the library.  We ask that everyone make their selections, check out and not loiter in the library.

How do I use your virtual resources?

You can access our virtual resources on our website: tolonolibrary.org   You will need to enter your entire barcode number followed by a PIN or password which is the last 4 digits of the phone number you have on file with your account.  You may need to know that we are a part of the Illinois Heartland Library System.

Are library programs still happening? 

Yes!  Virtual programs are still happening.  Preschool story time is Monday mornings at 10am.  Absolute  Science programs are Wednesday’s at 10am.  Virtual adult programs can be viewed on Saturday’s at noon. Emily is the contact person for programs at programs@tolonolibrary.org

What’s new?

TAKE HOME CRAFT KITS coming in August:  Craft kits for Adults, Children and Teens will be available on a first come first served basis.

Adults– Nature Inspired Wall Art Take Home Craft Kit will be available for pick up August 2-8.  Make beautiful wall art out of artificial flowers and plants.  Directions and (most) supplies are included.

Children– Color a Castle Take Home Craft Kit will be available August 9-15.  Directions and (most) supplies are included.

Teens-Mini Bee Garden Take Home Craft Kit will be available August 16-22.  Directions and (most) supplies are included.

Is there an Ag-Bag for August?

Yes!  The theme this month is Pizza!  Stop by to pick up an ag-bag for your K-5th graders.  You can also call to arrange a curbside pick up for ag-bags.  This will be the last ag-bag for this summer.

Can I still get grab and go lunches for my kids?

Yes. The Champaign County Public Health sponsored program is continuing through the middle of August.  Residents of Champaign County can pick up lunches for your children up to the age of 18 in front of the Library from 10-11:30 Monday-Friday.

I don’t know how to use your virtual resources.  Can I get help?

Yes!  Call us!  Bree is available to help with all your technology needs.

How can I stay updated on Library news?

Read our website: tolonolibrary.org.  Read our newsletters.  Call us to sign up for newsletters if you are not currently getting them.  Like us on Facebook!

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Tolono Public Library News for 7-24 to 7-31, 2020

The Tolono Public Library District would like to thank everyone who participated in the Virtual Summer Reading Program.  Participants enjoyed reading and filling out their BINGO cards.  146 people of all ages joined in the fun.  Miss Emily drew the names for the winners of the grand prizes in each age category.  Dalton M. was the winner in the Children’s age group.  He won camping equipment and science activity kits.  Brody P. won the Industrial Donut gift card in the Teen’s age group, and Michael R. was the winner of the Adult age group.  Michael won a selection of gift cards from Tolono and Savoy businesses.  Congratulations to all our winners!

The Library is open Monday through Friday from 9-10 am for Seniors and people with compromises.  Then, we re-open from noon-7 pm for the general population.

We are asking that families stay together during their time at the library.  Children need to stay with parents.  Unfortunately, at this time we do not have games, puzzles, or activities.   The play area is closed as well.  We hope all families understand that we feel these measures are for the health and safety of all our patrons.

Our drop boxes are open!  You may now place holds on materials from other libraries in the Illinois Heartland System, and you will start to see notifications when you have materials on hold.  We are sorry, but we are unable to accept donations at this time.  Please do not put donations in our book drops.  We do not know when we will be able to start taking donations again.

All of our virtual programming and virtual resources are still available to you.  We have 3 patron computers available for use for people who need to check their email, apply for jobs or work on a resume.  Computers are available on a first come first served sign up with a 30-minute time limit.  Computers are sanitized after each use.

New books are arriving at the Library.  Bree has been busy putting new books into circulation.

PLEASE NOTE:  You may get notice of overdue materials.  The notices you may receive are computer generated.  We must quarantine your materials before checking them back in.  We are taking steps to make sure you will not have any fines during the time we have to quarantine materials.  Thank you for your patience.

The entire staff at the Tolono Public Library says Thank You! We appreciate our patrons and we are here to help you with your library needs.

 

Ag-tivities for Summer!

August Ag-Bags will be available after the 1st of August.  Ag-Bags have a variety of activities for children to complete.  Ag-Bags with free lessons, activities, virtual field trips, snack connections and STEM extensions, along with teaching demonstrations provided on YouTube will be available for pick up at the Tolono Library.  The bags will be dropped off at the beginning of each month through the summer and will be available on a first come first served basis for readers in K through 5th grade.  Basic supplies to complete activities will be needed but are not provided. (markers, scissors, glue/tape)

Curbside Pick Up

Curbside service is still an option for your convenience.  Want to do a quick pick up?  Call us and schedule a curbside pick up.  We will collect information from you and have your items checked out and ready when you get here.  We can find items for you or you can also pick up your holds this way.

Program Events  

Virtual Story Time for Preschoolers is being offered online through our website and our FaceBook page.  Miss Emily reads to children and offers suggestions for activities to go along with the story.  You can watch Story Time every Monday Morning at 10 am. Storytimes will run through the month of August. Suggested ages: Birth to 5 yrs. And parents.

Absolute Science Programs

Absolute Science Programs are geared toward 5-12 yrs. Absolute Science Programs can be found on our website and they are also posted to our FaceBook page.  You can find a new program each Wednesday at 10 am.   Absolute science Programs are running through the month of August.

Virtual Adult Programs

can be viewed on Saturdays at 12 pm.  Miss Emily presents either an educational program or an interactive post.If you have any suggestions for programs, please email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org

TAKE HOME CRAFT KITS coming in August: 

Craft kits for Adults, Children, and Teens will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Adults– Nature Inspired Wall Art Take Home Craft Kit will be available for pick up August 2-8.  Make beautiful wall art out of artificial flowers and plants.  Directions and (most) supplies are included.

Children– Color a Castle Take Home Craft Kit will be available on August 9-15.  Directions and (most) supplies are included.

Teens-Mini Bee Garden Take Home Craft Kit will be available on August 16-22.  Directions and (most) supplies are included.

Summer Feeding Illinois

Champaign County Public Health is offering Grab and Go bagged breakfast and lunches for Champaign County children up to the age of 18.  A meal program representative is stationed at the front door of the Tolono Public Library Mon-Fri, from 10am-11:30 am.  Grab and Go bags will be offered through the middle of August.  For more information contact vkoress@cuphd.org or call 217-531-4319

Like Us on Facebook! 

You can find us on Facebook.  Search for Tolono Public Library District.  We post updates regularly as well as program information and videos.  This is a great way to connect with us!

 

Technology Help

If you have questions or problems with your devices or technology, please call Bree!   She is available for help M-F, 10a-3p.  Bree can help you troubleshoot a problem or walk you through a procedure to be able to use a virtual resource or your device.

 

Reminder

Please remember to return the items you checked out at the Tolono Library to Tolono Library book drops only. Similarly, if you have items checked out from Champaign or Urbana, you need to return those items to either Champaign or Urbana.  Thank you!

 

Resource of the Month

Mango Languages:  Mango Languages, an award-winning language learning resource, is offered to all Tolono Public Library District cardholders.  Learn a new language or brush up on your skills.  You’ll find quality content and intelligent technology.  Mango’s adaptive learning process evolves to your individual progress.

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Tolono Public Library News for 7-17 to 7-25, 2020

The Tolono Public Library District has made many changes due to the Covid Pandemic.  Our focus remains keeping everyone from patrons to staff as safe as possible as we are open and offer services to our patrons. We are taking steps to clean and sanitize after each patron check out.  We regularly sanitize common areas and door handles.  We are dedicating 9-10 am, M-F for patrons who are considered high risk (seniors and people with underlying health issues).  The general public is welcome to come in from 12-7pm, M-F and 12-3pm on Sat/Sun.  we are requiring masks for everyone over the age of 2 and we will have hand sanitizing stations set up for those entering and leaving the building.  If you are unable to wear a mask, you will be given an accommodation form.  This form lets you request materials and then pick up the materials using our curbside pickup program.  We will continue offering curbside pickups for all patrons during this time.

We are asking that families stay together during their time at the library.  Children need to stay with parents.  Unfortunately, at this time we do not have games, puzzles, or activities.   The play area is closed as well.  We hope all families understand that we feel these measures are for the health and safety of all our patrons.

Three of our 7 patron computers will be available for use on a sign-up basis.  We are limiting use to a half hour per guest.  We are limiting use to people needing a computer to check emails, look for employment, or to work on a resume.

Our drop boxes are open!  You may now place holds on materials from other libraries in the Illinois Heartland System, and you will start to see notifications when you have materials on hold.

All of our virtual programming and virtual resources are still available to you.  We are sorry, but we cannot accept donations at this time.  We do not know at this time when we will be able to accept donations again.

The entire staff at the Tolono Public Library says Thank You! We appreciate our patrons and we are here to help you with your library needs.

Ag-tivities for Summer!

There are still a few July Ag-Bags available if you haven’t picked one up yet.  You can stop by the Library or call and arrange a curbside pick up.  Ag-Bags have a variety of activities for children to complete.  Ag-Bags with free lessons, activities, virtual field trips, snack connections and STEM extensions, along with teaching demonstrations provided on YouTube will be available for pick up at the Tolono Library.  The bags will be dropped off at the beginning of each month through the summer and will be available on a first come first served basis for readers in K through 5th grade.  The July theme is Baseball!  Basic supplies to complete activities will be needed but are not provided. (markers, scissors, glue/tape) Call the Library at 217-485-5558 to schedule a curbside pick up time between 3-7p M-F or 1-3p on weekends.  

Curbside Pick Up

You can still arrange for curbside pick up!  You can order books online or call us at 217-485-5558 and we can look for books for you! If you have books coming in from other libraries, you can arrange curbside pick up for those as well.  Most of the time we can offer same day pick up.  You can schedule your curbside pick up for a time that is convenient for you.  This is a convenient service for all of our patrons.

 Program Events  

Virtual Story Time for Preschoolers are being offered online through our website and our FaceBook page.  Miss Emily reads to children and offers suggestions for activities to go along with the story.  You can watch Story Time every Monday Morning at 10 am. Story times will run through the month of August. Suggested ages: birth to 5 yrs. And parents.

Absolute Science Programs

These are geared toward 5-12 yrs. Absolute Science Programs can be found on our website and they are also posted to our FaceBook page.  You can find a new program each Wednesday at 10 am.   Absolute science Programs are running through the month of August.

Summer Feeding Illinois

Champaign County Public Health is offering Grab and Go bagged breakfast and lunches for Champaign County children up to the age of 18.  A meal program representative is stationed at the front door of the Tolono Public Library Mon-Fri, from 10am-11:30 am.  Grab and Go bags will be offered through the middle of August.  For more information contact vkoress@cuphd.org or call 217-531-431

Like Us on Facebook! 

You can find us on Facebook.  Search for Tolono Public Library District.  We post updates regularly as well as program information and videos.  This is a great way to connect with us!

Technology Help

If you have questions or problems with your devices or technology, please call Bree!   She is available for help M-F, 10a-3p.  Bree can help you troubleshoot a problem or walk you through a procedure to be able to use a virtual resource or your device.

Reminder

Please remember to return the items you checked out at the Tolono Library to Tolono Library book drops only. Similarly, if you have items checked out from Champaign or Urbana, you need to return those items to either Champaign or Urbana.  Thank you!

Resource of the Month

Mango Languages:  Mango Languages, an award winning language learning resource, is offered to all Tolono Public Library District card holders.  Learn a new language or brush up on your skills.  You’ll find quality content and intelligent technology.  Mango’s adaptive learning process evolves to your individual progress.

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Tolono Public Library News for 7-4 to 7-10, 2020

The Tolono Public Library District will reopen the doors of the Library on July 8, 2020.  You can still expect the same quality help in finding materials, checking out materials, and receiving help from the staff whether you need copies, faxes sent, or notary services.  We have made many changes due to the COVID Pandemic.  Our focus remains to keep everyone from patrons to staff as safe as possible as we enter a new phase.  We worked very hard to develop our plan and we sincerely hope you know we have your best interests at the forefront.

We will dedicate 9-10 am, M-F for patrons who are considered high risk (seniors and people with underlying health issues).  The general public is welcome to come in from 12-7 pm, M-F and 12-3 pm on Sat/Sun.  we are requiring masks for everyone over the age of 2 and we will have hand sanitizing stations set up for those entering and leaving the building.

If you are unable to wear a mask, you will be given an accommodation form.  This form lets you request materials and then pick up the materials using our curbside pickup program.  We will continue offering curbside pickups for all patrons during our walk-through opening phase. To use curbside, you must call ahead and set up a pickup time.

We are asking that people enter the library, find what you need, check out and not loiter. This ensures that everyone will be able to come to the library.  We are restricted to the number of people we can have in the building at once.

Three of our 7 patron computers will be available for use on a sign-up basis.  We are limiting use to a half-hour per guest.  We are limiting use to people needing a computer to check emails, look for employment, work on a resume, or complete your tax online filing.

Our drop boxes are open!  You may now place holds on materials from other libraries in the Illinois Heartland System, and you will start to see notifications when you have materials on hold.

All of our virtual programming and virtual resources are still available to you.  We are sorry, but we cannot accept donations at this time.  We do not know at this time when we will be able to accept donations again.

Thank you from the entire staff for your patience, understanding, and support!

Ag-tivities for Summer!

Ag-Bags with free lessons, activities, virtual field trips, snack connections, and STEM extensions, along with teaching demonstrations provided on YouTube will be available for pick up at the Tolono Library.  The bags will be dropped off at the beginning of each month through the summer and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for readers in K through 5th grade.  The July theme is Baseball!  Basic supplies to complete activities will be needed but are not provided (markers, scissors, glue/tape)  Call the Library at 217-485-5558 to schedule a curbside pick up time between 3-7p  M-F or 1-3p on weekends.

Curbside Pick Up

Curbside Pick Up Service is going very well at the Tolono Public Library.  We are offering curbside pick-ups Monday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 1-3pm.  After you order materials, we fill the order and then call you to schedule curbside pickup.  We are set up at the front doors to the Library and when we see you drive up and we identify you by the car and the note in the passenger window with your last name, we set the materials on the white table outside the front door.  You can then exit your vehicle and get your materials.   We are trying to fill orders and offer same day pickups.  Please call us during regular business hours if you have questions or to place an order over the phone.

We can look for books for you!  Give us a call at 217-485-5558.  We can look for specific books or choose random books for you.  Most of the time we can offer same day pick up.  You can schedule your curbside pick up for a time that is convenient for you.  You will be able to start requesting books from other libraries in our system soon!

Summer Reading Program

READ, READ,READ!  Our Summer Reading Program, for all ages, ends on July 18, 2020.  There’s still time to join!   Email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.

The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag and 4 awesome science kits.  Teens will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adults will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Seed Safari:  July 9, 2020 at 10 am. 

The Tolono Library with The Museum of the Grand Prairie will present Seed Safari which will be a virtual program on Facebook.  During this informative program you will learn how a seed grows into a plant.  Enjoy some seed activities and learn how to plant a seed and take care of it at home!  Recommended ages 5-13  (under 5 with adult supervision)

 Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020 at 10 am  

The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open-ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

Summer Feeding Illinois

Champaign County Public Health is offering Grab and Go bagged breakfast and lunches for Champaign County children up to the age of 18.  A meal program representative is stationed at the front door of the Tolono Public Library Mon-Fri, from 10am-noon.  Grab and Go bags will be offered through the middle of August.  For more information contact vkoress@cuphd.org or call 217-531-4319

Like Us on Facebook! 

You can find us on Facebook.  Search for Tolono Public Library District.  We post updates regularly as well as program information and videos.  This is a great way to connect with us!  We are trying to get to 1,000 likes by the end of the month so share with your friends!

Technology Help

If you have questions or problems with your devices or technology, please call Bree!   She is available for help M-F, 10a-3p.  Bree can help you troubleshoot a problem or walk you through a procedure to be able to use a virtual resource or your device.

Reminder

Please remember to return the items you checked out at the Tolono Library to Tolono Library book drops only. Similarly, if you have items checked out from Champaign or Urbana, you need to return those items to either Champaign or Urbana.  Thank you

Resource of the Month

Mango Languages:  Mango Languages, an award-winning language learning resource, is offered to all Tolono Public Library District cardholders.  Learn a new language or brush up on your skills.  You’ll find quality content and intelligent technology.  Mango’s adaptive learning process evolves to your individual progress.

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Tolono Public Library News from June 25 to July 4, 2020

Walk-Through Reopening – Beginning July 8, 2020

  • We are excited to have our doors open again!
  • Special Limited Hours: We will have a dedicated hour of 9 to 10 am. Monday-Friday for patrons who are considered at-risk of coronavirus complications (seniors and those with underlying health problems).
  • General Public Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sat/Sun
  • Curbside Hours:3:00 pm – 7:00 pm weekdays, and 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Sat/Sunday
  • All staff and patrons (over the age of 2) are required to enter the building wearing masks covering nose and mouth if medically able. Patrons unable to follow that requirement will be given a Request for Accommodation form containing information on curbside pick up.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up for patron use when entering and exiting the building.
  • Patrons may enter the building to pick up holds, select materials, use the computers on a limited basis by appointment, copy, fax, and request notary services. We ask that patrons enter the building, find what they need, and not loiter, as we are restricted to the number of people we are allowed to have in the building.
  • On July 1st, patrons will be able to place requests for interlibrary loan materials. Patrons will also begin receiving text & email notifications from the SHARE system. To utilize the curbside service, you must call ahead and schedule a pickup time.
  • All book drop locations are open.
  • We continue to offer virtual programming at this time.
  • The meeting room and study rooms remain unavailable.
  • We are unable to accept donations.

The Tolono Public Library District will be closed on July 4, 2020.  

Enjoy your time with your family and friends.

Ag-tivities for Summer!

 Ag-Bags with free lessons, activities, virtual field trips, snack connections, and STEM extensions, along with teaching demonstrations provided on YouTube will be available for pick up at the Tolono Library.  The bags will be dropped off at the beginning of each month through the summer and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for readers in K through 5th grade.  The July theme is Baseball and the August theme is Pizza.  One bag per student as supplies last.  Basic supplies to complete activities will be needed but are not provided (markers, scissors, glue/tape)  Call the Library at 217-485-5558 to schedule a curbside pick up time between 3-7p  M-F or 1-3p on weekends.

Curbside Pick Up

Curbside Pick Up Service is going very well at the Tolono Public Library.  We are offering curbside pick-ups Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 1-3 pm.  After you order materials, we fill the order and then call you to schedule a curbside pick up.  We are set up at the front doors to the Library and when we see you drive up and we identify you by the car and the note in the passenger window with your last name, we set the materials on the white table outside the front door.  You can then exit your vehicle and get your materials.   We are trying to fill orders and offer same-day pick-ups.  Please call us during regular business hours if you have questions or to place an order over the phone.

We can look for books for you!  Give us a call at 217-485-5558.  We can look for specific books or choose random books for you.  Most of the time we can offer same day pick up.  You can schedule your curbside pick up for a time that is convenient for you.  You will be able to start requesting books from other libraries in our system soon!

Summer Reading Program

There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Program.  We are including all age groups in our Summer Reading Program this year.  Children ages 0-12, Teens from 13-17, and Adults ages 18+ can all sign up and participate.  We have separate prize incentives for each age group.  Children will get local food coupons for completing the first two BINGO’s.  Complete everything on your bingo sheet and you will be able to enter into the grand-prize drawing! The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag, and 4 awesome science kits.

Teen’s will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adults will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  The Summer Reading Program goes from June 6 to July 18, 2020.

 Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Seed Safari:  July 9, 2020, at 10 am. 

The Tolono Library with The Museum of the Grand Prairie will present Seed Safari which will be a virtual program on Facebook.  During this informative program, you will learn how a seed grows into a plant.  Enjoy some seed activities and learn how to plant a seed and take care of it at home!  Recommended ages 5-13  (under 5 with adult supervision)

 Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020, at 10 am  

The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open-ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

Like Us on Facebook!

You can find us on Facebook.  Search for Tolono Public Library District.  We post updates regularly as well as program information and videos.  This is a great way to connect with us!  We are trying to get to 1,000 likes by the end of the month so share with your friends!

Technology Help

If you have questions or problems with your devices or technology, please call Bree!   She is available for help M-F, 10a-3p.  Bree can help you troubleshoot a problem or walk you through a procedure to be able to use a virtual resource or your device.

Reminder

Please remember to return the items you checked out at the Tolono Library to Tolono Library book drops only. Similarly, if you have items checked out from Champaign or Urbana, you need to return those items to either Champaign or Urbana.  Thank you!

 

Cypress Resume:

Resumes made easy!  This resource is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes using three quick and simple steps.  You can build cover letters and reference pages.  This site allows you to create a profile and keep copies of documents for future reference.

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Tolono Public Library News for June 12-19, 2020

All of our Drop Boxes are open! 

You may return items in the two drop boxes in Savoy, the dropbox in Sadorus, or the drop box at the Library in Tolono.  We are quarantining materials for 7 days once they come back to us.  Please do not put donations in the drop boxes.  We can not accept donations at this time.  Please do not put materials for Champaign Public Library and the Urbana Free Library in the Tolono Public Library drop boxes.  We have no way to return materials to the other libraries.

Summer Feeding Illinois 

The Tolono Public Library and Champaign County Public Health are teaming up to offer Grab and Go Summer Meals! This program runs throughout the summer.  Stop by the front of the Tolono Library. A representative from the summer meal program is stationed at the front door.  Let him know the number of children you are picking up for and he will bring the bagged meals to your vehicle.  Breakfast and Lunches served in a sack are available Monday through Friday from 10 am until noon.  Parents may pick up for their children. Anyone who is a resident of Champaign County is welcome to stop by and get meals for their children up to the age of 18.  For more information, please contact the Community Nutrition Program Coordinator at 217-531-4319 or vkoress@c-uphd.org.

To find an open site near you visit http://summerfeedingillinois.org

Ag-tivities for Summer!

Ag-Bags with free lessons, activities, virtual field trips, snack connections and STEM extensions, along with teaching demonstrations provided on YouTube will be available for pick up at the Tolono Library.  The bags will be dropped off at the beginning of each month through the summer and will be available on a first come first served basis for readers in K through 5th grade.  June theme is Dairy, July theme is Baseball and August theme is Pizza.  One bag per student as supplies last.  Basic supplies to complete activities will be needed but are not provided (markers, scissors, glue/tape)  Call the Library at 217-485-5558 to schedule a curbside pick up time between 3-7p  M-F or 1-3p on weekends.

Curbside Pick Up

Curbside Pick Up Service is going very well at the Tolono Public Library.  We are offering curbside pick ups Monday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 1-3 pm.  After you order materials, we fill the order and then call you to schedule a curbside pick up.  We are set up at the front doors to the Library and when we see you drive up and we identify you by the car and the note in the passenger window with your last name, we set the materials on the white table outside the front door.  You can then exit your vehicle and get your materials.   We are trying to fill orders and offer same day pickups.  Please call us during regular business hours if you have questions or to place an order over the phone.

We are not able to obtain materials from other libraries in the Illinois Heartland System yet.  Our delivery system is not up and running.  Please be patient, as soon as we know the delivery system is ready to begin deliveries again we will let our patrons know.

We can look for books for you!  Give us a call at 217-485-5558.  We can look for specific books or choose random books for you.  Most of the time we can offer same day pick up.  You can schedule your curbside pick up for a time that is convenient for you.

Summer Reading Program Off to a Good Start!

Email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  The Summer Reading Program goes from June 6 to July 18, 2020.

If you were not able to watch the Summer Reading Kick-off event live, you can still watch it!  There will be a link on our website to watch the event through YouTube.

We are including all age groups in our Summer Reading Program this year.  Children ages 0-12, Teens from 13-17, and Adults ages 18+ can all sign up and participate.  We have separate prize incentives for each age group.  Children will get local food coupons for completing the first two BINGO’s.  Complete everything on your bingo sheet and you will be able to enter into the grand-prize drawing! The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag, and 4 awesome science kits.

Teens will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adult’s will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Digging Deeper with Stories: June 14, 2020 from 1-2:30 pm   

Join Kim Shehan from Urbana’s Spurlock Museum for an online ZOOM concert that connects Folktales with Japanese Artifacts from the museum’s teaching collection.  Email the Library at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get information on connecting to the program and for cool Japanese crafts to do at home.  All ages are welcome to attend this event.

 Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020 at 10 am  

The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open-ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

Re-opening News 

We are awaiting news from the Governor about going into our next phase of re-opening.  We will post news on our website: tolonolibrary.org and our Facebook page.  Get connected to us!

Technology Help

If you have questions or problems with your devices or technology, please call Bree!   She is available for help M-F, 10a-3p.  Bree can help you troubleshoot a problem or walk you through a procedure to be able to use a virtual resource or your device.

Resource-of-the-Month

Cypress Resume:  Resumes made easy!  This resource is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes using three quick and simple steps.  You can build cover letters and reference pages.  This site allows you to create a profile and keep copies of documents for future reference.

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Tolono Public Library News for June 4-11, 2020

Curbside Pick Up Service is going very well at the Tolono Public Library.  We are offering curbside pick-ups Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 1-3pm.  After you order materials, we fill the order and then call you to schedule a curbside pick up.  We are set up at the front doors to the Library and when we see you drive up and we identify you by the car and the note in the passenger window with your last name, we set the materials on the white table outside the front door.  You can then exit your vehicle and get your materials.   We are trying to fill orders and offer same day pickups.  Please call us during regular business hours if you have questions or to place an order over the phone.

We are not able to obtain materials from other libraries in the Illinois Heartland System yet.  Our delivery system is not up and running.  Please be patient, as soon as we know the delivery system is ready to begin deliveries again we will let our patrons know.

Summer Feeding Illinois

The Tolono Public Library and Champaign County Public Health are teaming up to offer Grab and Go Summer Meals! Starting June 10, 2020, Breakfast and Lunches served in a sack may be picked up at the Tolono Library Monday through Friday from 10 am until noon.  Parents may pick up for their children. Anyone who is a resident of Champaign County is welcome to stop by and get meals for their children up to the age of 18.  For more information, please contact the Community Nutrition Program Coordinator at 217-531-4319 or vkoress@c-uphd.org.

To find an open site near you visit http://summerfeedingillinois.org

Ag-tivities for Summer!

Ag-Bags with free lessons, activities, virtual field trips, snack connections, and STEM extensions, along with teaching demonstrations provided on YouTube will be available for pick up at the Tolono Library.  The bags will be dropped off at the beginning of each month through the summer and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for readers in K through 5th grade.  June theme is Dairy, July theme is Baseball, and the August theme is Pizza.  One bag per student as supplies last.  Basic supplies to complete activities will be needed but are not provided (markers, scissors, glue/tape)

Summer Reading Program Begins Saturday June 6, 2020

Email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.  The Summer Reading Program goes from June 6 to July 18, 2020.

If you were not able to watch the Summer Reading Kick-off event live, you can still watch it!  There will be a link on our website to watch the event through YouTube.

We are including all age groups in our Summer Reading Program this year.  Children ages 0-12, Teens from 13-17 and Adults ages 18+ can all sign up and participate.  We have separate prize incentives for each age group.  Children will get local food coupons for completing the first two BINGO’s.  Complete everything on your bingo sheet and you will be able to enter into the grand-prize drawing! The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag and 4 awesome science kits.

Teen’s will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adult’s will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Sign up begins Saturday June 6.  To participate and obtain your BINGO sheet, email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org

 Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Exploring Archaeology:  June 11, 2020 at 10 am  

Join us in exploring the wonderous field of archaeology.  Pat Cain, Museum Educator, from the Museum of the Grand Prairie will provide many hands-on activities related to archaeology and the fascinating study of the past.  Recommended ages 5-13.

Digging Deeper with Stories: June 14, 2020 from 1-2:30 pm  

Join Kim Shehan from Urbana’s Spurlock Museum for an online ZOOM concert that connects Folktales with Japanese Artifacts from the museum’s teaching collection.  Email the Library at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get information on connecting to the program and for cool Japanese crafts to do at home.  All ages are welcome to attend this event.

 Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020 at 10 am  

The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open-ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

Resource-of-the-Month

Cypress Resume:  Resumes made easy!  This resource is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes using three quick and simple steps.  You can build cover letters and reference pages.  This site allows you to create a profile and keep copies of documents for future reference.

_______________________________________________________________Tolono Public Library News for May 22-28, 2020

Curbside Pick Up at the Tolono Public Library District begins Monday, June 1, 2020.  Pick up times will be 3p-7p Monday through Friday and 1p-3p on Weekends.  Patrons can order online or call us to place orders.  We will fill the orders and call patrons to set up a pick-up time.  We will check materials out to patrons when scheduling a pick-up time, so please have your library card on hand.  Patrons will park in front of the library and will display their name on a piece of paper posted on their passenger side window.  When staff see their name, staff will place that patron’s materials on a table outside the front doors of the library.  After the staff goes back to the building, patrons can exit their vehicles and get their materials. Place holds for books on our website or call us to have us place holds for you.  Call us with questions during our regular business hours.

Our building remains closed to patrons at this time.  The book drop at the library is open Monday through Friday from 11 am-6 pm.

Summer Reading Program

 All Summer Reading Program Registrations will be handled virtually this year.  Please Email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary to sign up or ask questions.  When signing up you will need to include participant’s name, age, phone number, email, address, and reading program (Children’s, Teen’s or Adult’s) they will be signing up for.  Sign up begins Saturday, June 6.  To participate and obtain your BINGO sheet, email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org

Summer Reading Program:  The Summer Reading Program will kick-off with the Libraries’ first “Facebook Live” event on June 6 from 1-1:45 pm.  Everyone will be able to participate from the comfort of your homes.   This show will make your hair stand up!  You will experience items that disappear and see the power of a Vande Graaff Generator.  This show wouldn’t be complete without foam!  The library is partnering with Absolute Science for this fun program.

We are including all age groups in our Summer Reading Program this year.  Children ages 0-12, Teens from 13-17, and Adults ages 18+ can all sign up and participate.  We have separate prize incentives for each age group.  Children will get local food coupons for completing the first two BINGO’s.  Complete everything on your bingo sheet and you will be able to enter into the grand-prize drawing! The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag, and 4 awesome science kits.

Teens will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adults will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Exploring Archaeology:  June 11, 2020 R 10 am  

Join us in exploring the wonderous field of archaeology.  Pat Cain, Museum Educator, from the Museum of the Grand Prairie will provide many hands-on activities related to archaeology and the fascinating study of the past.  Recommended ages 5-13.

Digging Deeper with Stories: June 14, 2020 from 1-2:30 pm   

Join Kim Shehan from Urbana’s Spurlock Museum for an online ZOOM concert that connects Folktales with Japanese Artifacts from the museum’s teaching collection.  Email the Library at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get information on connecting to the program and for cool Japanese crafts to do at home.  All ages are welcome to attend this event.

Diggin’ Up the Past; 

Let’s learn and about the similarities and the differences between school in a one-room schoolhouse years ago and school as we know it today.  Join us, June 18 at 10 am for this virtual program on Facebook and get ready for the class as we do some fun activities together!  Recommended ages: 5-13.

 Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020, at 10 am  

The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open-ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

Resource-of-the-Month

Cypress Resume:  Resumes made easy!  This resource is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes using three quick and simple steps.  You can build cover letters and reference pages.  This site allows you to create a profile and keep copies of documents for future reference.

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Tolono Public Library News for May 22-28, 2020

Please have patience with us as we move into “the new phase.”  We have a multi-step plan and we are working hard to do what is best for our patrons, staff, and volunteers.  We’ve opened the book drop at our building.  Our remote book drops remain closed for the time being.  Once you drop off your books, we must quarantine them for 7 days.  After that time, we are able to process books.  The books you returned may stay on your account during their quarantine time.   Don’t worry, you will not be charged late fees.  We are extending a generous grace period for late fines.  You can find updates about our reopening on our website: tolonolibrary.org and we are also on Facebook.  We hope to be able to see you soon!

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program:  The Summer Reading Program will kick-off with the Libraries’ first “Facebook Live” event on June 6 from 1-1:45 pm.  Everyone will be able to participate from the comfort of your homes.   This show will make your hair stand up!  You will experience items that disappear and see the power of a Vande Graaff Generator.  This show wouldn’t be complete without foam!  The library is partnering with Absolute Science for this fun program.

We are including all age groups in our Summer Reading Program this year.  Children ages 0-12, Teens from 13-17, and Adults ages 18+ can all sign up and participate.  We have separate prize incentives for each age group.  Children will get local food coupons for completing the first two BINGO’s.  Complete everything on your bingo sheet and you will be able to enter into the grand-prize drawing! The Children’s grand prize is a 2 man pop-up tent, a camp chair, sleeping bag, and 4 awesome science kits.

Teens will earn entries in the grand prize drawing for their BINGO’s and for completing everything on their bingo sheet. The grand prize for the Teen’s category is a $50.00 gift card from Industrial Donut.  Adults will complete their BINGO sheets for entries into a grand prize drawing.  The grand prize for the Adult Readers is a gift card Assortment worth $150.00 from local businesses including Body n’ Soul, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza.

Sign up begins Saturday June 6.  To participate and obtain your BINGO sheet, email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org

Upcoming Program Events  

We are excited to share that we will be having several Virtual Programs this summer.  We have guest presenters and some fun events planned.  Events that are presented as Live Programs will be linked on Facebook and our Website.  Video only programs will be available to watch only on Facebook.

Exploring Archaeology:  June 11, 2020 at 10 am   Join us in exploring the wonderous field of archaeology.  Pat Cain, Museum Educator, from the Museum of the Grand Prairie will provide many hands-on activities related to archaeology and the fascinating study of the past.  Recommended ages 5-13.

Digging Deeper with Stories: June 14, 2020 from 1-2:30 pm   Join Kim Shehan from Urbana’s Spurlock Museum for an online ZOOM concert that connects Folktales with Japanese Artifacts from the museum’s teaching collection.  Email the Library at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get information on connecting to the program and for cool Japanese crafts to do at home.  All ages are welcome to attend this event.

Nature Investigation:  July 16, 2020 at 10 am   The Champaign County Forest Preserve is teaming up with the Tolono Library to present this program.  We will venture beyond what meets the eye to learn more about the natural world.  Activities will encourage curiosity and introduce basic scientific concepts through open ended investigation.  Recommended ages 5-13

 

Resource-of-the-Month

Cypress Resume:  Resumes made easy!  This resource is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes using three quick and simple steps.  You can build cover letters and reference pages.  This site allows you to create a profile and keep copies of documents for future reference.

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Tolono Public Library News for May 15-22, 2020

Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and volunteers.  Director, Janet, and our board members are in daily communications to determine the best course of action that will benefit everyone.

We’d like to remind everyone to please hold on to the books you currently have checked out.  Our drop boxes remain closed.  Yours currently checked out materials have been auto-renewed and in addition to no late fines for these materials, we will be offering a grace period for getting materials back to us when we do reopen.

Stay Connected:  Call us:  217-485-5558  Monday-Friday, 10 a-6p.  We are here to answer your questions and help you!

Email us:
Janet-     jcler@tolonolibrary.org
Bree-      bmiller@tolonolibrary.org
Dianne-  dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org
Emily-     programs@tolonolibrary.org

Website:       tolonolibrary.org
Facebook:     Tolono Public Library District

Reopening Plans:  We’ve been working very hard on our reopening plans.  We’ve developed a Multi-Phase Reopening Plan that we will put into place as soon as we get the approval from government and health department officials.  Our number one concern is to reopen with patron and staff health and safety as our top priority.  We will be complying with state and local guidelines and you will notice many changes.  Check our Website and Facebook for updates.

Upcoming Event:

Summer Reading Program 2020

The Tolono Public Library District will begin our Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 6, 2020.  Join us for this year’s Annual Summer Reading Kickoff! This year, the event will be hosted virtually on Facebook Live so you can watch from home!

Absolute Science brings you “Fantastic Foam and More!” This show will make your hair stand up! You will experience items disappearing in clear liquids with refraction oil and see the power of a Van de Graaff generator, but no show is complete without foam!  The show will be a Tolono Library Facebook Live Event, running from 1-1:45 pm.

Be sure to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!  The program starts June 6, 2020, and ends July 18.  For the first time, we will be having Summer Reading Programs for all ages!  Children 0-12, Teens 13-17, and Adults 18+  Registration begins Saturday, June 6.

Once you sign up, you will be given a Summer Reading BINGO sheet.  Each age group will have their own BINGO sheet and prizes will be awarded in each age group. Children will be competing for the Grand Prize drawing of a Two-man Coleman Easy-up Tent, youth sleeping bag a fun camping chair, and 4 awesome science kits.  Teens will be competing for their Grand Prize Drawing of a $50.00 Industrial Donut Gift Card and Adults will compete for their Grand Prize Drawing of a $150.00 Gift Card Assortment from Body n Sole Sports, Essential Healing Therapeutic Massage, Smoky’s House BBQ, Marble Slab Creamery and Monical’s Pizza. Summer Reading Program ends July 18.  We hope you will join us!

Resource-of-the-Month

Please go to our website and check out all of the resources you have access to by using your library card barcode and your PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number)

We’d like to call particular attention to Cypress Resume as a resource that can be very helpful to our patrons during this time.  Cypress Resume is available free on the patron computers at the library and at home through the library website. If creating or updating a resume sounds like a lot of work, Cypress Resume is for you!  Cypress Resume has an easy 3 step process for completing a resume in minutes.  Simply enter your current information, select the title of the job you desire, and highlight your talents and skills.  You can choose from 20,000 statements for minimal writing.  This site allows you to quickly create cover letters and reference pages as well.  You can download, edit, publish, save, and update your resume easily.

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May 8, 2020:  Tolono Public Library News for May 8-15, 2020

Having been closed since the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order was enacted back in March has made us realize a few things that we took for granted.  We sure do miss you!  We miss seeing children at storytime. We miss parents and children looking for and checking out books together.  We miss hearing parents and grandparents reading stories to their littles.  We miss seeing you run in for a book or magazine during your lunch break.  We miss our regulars as well as those who come in for a new card who we get to meet for the first time.  We miss seeing you come in for a program.  We miss those of you who need a copy, fax, or notary service.  We miss your calls to help put books on hold or to just say hello.  We value each and every one of you and We Miss You!

During this time of shut-down, we’d like to remind everyone to please hold on to the books you currently have checked out.  Our drop boxes remain closed.  Your currently checked out materials have been auto-renewed and in addition to no late fines for these materials, we will be offering a grace period for getting materials back to us when we do reopen.

Working from Home:  We are here for you!  We’ve been working from home on all sorts of things since the shut-down.  Janet attends virtual meetings, webinars and collaborates with libraries in Illinois Heartland and the State of Illinois to keep updated on the latest news, policies, and procedures concerning Covid-19 and our library.  She is also working daily with members of our library board.  Bree keeps our Social Media current and adds daily posts to our Facebook page.  She has purchased new virtual books to add to our circulation, and she is available to answer and help you with all your technology needs.  Dianne answers the library phone from 10a-6p, M-F.  She answers questions, takes messages, and redirects your calls when needed.  She is also working on updating patron records, makes new patron accounts for virtual resource use, and works on newsletters.  Emily makes several different types of videos, including Story Time, easy crafts, and tips, and topics for adults. She is working diligently to make our Summer Reading Program an event you will not want to miss! Our clerks are working on behind the scenes activities and are attending virtual training.

Stay Connected:  Call us:  217-485-5558  Monday-Friday, 10 a-6p.
We are here to answer your questions and help you!

Email us:
Janet-     jcler@tolonolibrary.org
Bree-      bmiller@tolonolibrary.org
Dianne-  dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org
Emily-     programs@tolonolibrary.org
Website:       tolonolibrary.org
Facebook:     Tolono Public Library District

Reopening Plans:  We’ve been working very hard on our reopening plans.  We’ve developed a Multi-Phase Reopening Plan that we will put into place as soon as we get the approval from government and health department officials.  Our number one concern is to reopen with patron and staff health and safety as our top priority.  We will be complying with state and local guidelines and you will notice many changes.  Check our Website and Facebook for updates.

Upcoming Event:   Summer Reading Program!  Be sure to sign up for our Summer Reading Program!  The program starts June 6, 2020, and ends July 18.  For the first time, we will be having Summer Reading Programs for all ages!  Children 0-12, Teens 13-17 and Adults 18+  Call beginning June 6 to register.  The Summer Reading Program Kick-off Event will be a Facebook Live Event on June 6 from 1-1:45 pm.  Join the Tolono Public Library and Absolute Science for “Fantastic Foam and More!”

Resource-of-the-Month
We are highlighting all of our Virtual Resources while we are out of the building.  Please go to our website and check out all of the resources you have access to by using your library card barcode and your PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number)

We’d like to call particular attention to Cypress Resume as a resource that can be very helpful to our patrons during this time.  Cypress Resume is available free on the patron computers at the library and at home through the library website. If creating or updating a resume sounds like a lot of work, Cypress Resume is for you!  Cypress Resume has an easy 3 step process for completing a resume in minutes.  Simply enter your current information, select the title of the job you desire, and highlight your talents and skills.  You can choose from 20,000 statements for minimal writing.  This site allows you to quickly create cover letters and reference pages as well.  You can download, edit, publish, save, and update your resume easily.

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April 24, 2020: Tolono Public Library Staff working for you!

  • You can count on us to help you during this time of closures and stay-at-home orders. Staff members are working from home and are regularly collaborating to improve and enhance the services we are providing for our patrons.
  • tolonolibrary.org is where you’ll find virtual resources and digital content such as ebooks, magazines, audiobooks,  databases for all ages, and more!
  • Library Director, Janet attends virtual meetings and webinars and continues to work on procedures to move forward toward re-opening.
  • Librarian, Bree is available daily to answer your technology (devices, data and resources) questions. Like us on Facebook!  Bree updates our social media posts daily.
  • Program Coordinator, Emily has several virtual programs including Storytime and  At Home Adventures. She is also working on the Summer Reading Program, details forthcoming.
  • Assistant Librarian, Dianne can help you with your circulation/card questions and problems.  She will answer questions and re-direct calls when you call us at (217) 485-5558 from 10 am – 6pm, M-F.
  • Our Library Clerks are working to ensure our web links are accurate and completing other behind the scenes tasks.

April 17, 2020:  We are here for you!

  • The theme for National Library Week 2020, “Find your place at the library”, was chosen some time ago, before any of us could imagine a global pandemic that would temporarily close our physical space.
  • But you can still find your place at the library because we are open for business online, providing the virtual services and digital content our community needs more than ever.  You can access ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, virtual storytimes, and activities, and so much more… all from the comfort of your home.
  • Be sure and check out our Stay connected with our staff located on the front page of our website.  Here will you find information from our staff regarding a variety of topics including some instructional videos for our databases!
  • Just as a reminder, don’t worry about your books being overdue.  We have changed all due dates and there will be no fines.  We miss seeing our patrons and look forward to when we can open our door!_____________________________________________________________

April 10, 2020:  The Tolono Public Library remains closed…

  • If you have any problems with your account or if you have questions about any of our online Electronic Resources, give us a call at (217) 485-5558, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • You can also reach us via email jcler@tolonolibrary.org, bmiller@tolonolibrary.org or dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org.
  • Continue to watch our website for the latest information and be sure and follow us on Facebook!
  • All traditional, in-person Library programs scheduled for April and May are canceled.
  • All Meeting reservations are canceled through May 31st.

April 1, 2020:  The Tolono Public Library remains closed…

  • One of the hardest decisions to make is to close the Library, but when it comes to the health and well-being of customers and staff, it’s the right decision to make.
  • Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced he will be signing an executive order extending the stay-at-home order through the end of April. In compliance with this executive order, the Library will remain closed.
  • While the Library is closed, we are still here for you.  Rest assured our staff is working hard to make sure that we can continue to meet your needs virtually, even though our building is not open.  We are dedicated to serving you as much as we are able during this uncertain time.
  • Please do not return library materials during this closure – due dates have been extended and fines will not accrue.  Library staff will continue to be available by email.  We are also taking calls between the hours of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Library programs have been canceled until further notice.  Please check our website News and our Facebook page for updated information.
  • We look forward to seeing you at the library soon.  Stay Healthy!

March 23, 2020:  The Tolono Public Library remains closed indefinitely during this time of social distancing to help curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Our Drop Boxes are also closed at this time. Please do not use the Drop Boxes. Please keep all your materials until we re-open our doors. You will not be charged fines during this time. We are also not accepting donations at this time. Please hold on to donations until we re-open our doors.

The day staff have set up home office spaces, and we continue to work from home at this time to provide you with information and services. You may contact us through email:

  • Director: Janet, jcler@tolonolibrary.org
  • Librarian: Breana, bmiller@tolonolibrary.org
  • Program Coordinator: Emily, programs@tolonolibrary.org
  • Assistant Librarian: Dianne, dwilcoxon@tolonolibrary.org

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The Tolono Public Library has Virtual Resources that are easy to use. With Bookletters, you can sign up for e-news that interests you most from reading recommendations to programs and events. You can download books, audiobooks and magazines using the Digital Library of Illinois, Cloud Library and/or rb digital.

Research travel, food, and world maps and destinations with AtoZ the USA, AtoZ World Food and Global Road Warrior. Update your resume with Cypress Resume. Mango Languages is an interactive site with over 70 different language courses. There are two sites especially for children: World Book Early World of Learning and World Book Kids. EBSCO Host lets you research journals and newspapers for specific topics. Research your genealogy with MyHeritage. The World Book Encyclopedia is also online. There are several versions, including World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book in Spanish, World Book Time Lines, and World Book Discover. We encourage you to look at all the sites!

To access each individual virtual resource, you will need your login: your entire barcode number on the back of your library card, and your PIN: the last 4 digits of your phone number. If you have problems, you can email Janet, Breana, or Dianne, and we can check your account and help you.

Temporary Cards for virtual resources are available. If you reside in the Tolono Public Library District and do not currently have a card, we will set you up with a temporary card to use while we are closed. You will be able to use all of our virtual resources with this card. E-mail Janet or Dianne with your request for a temporary card. We will e-mail you with instructions on how to contact us so we can set up a temporary card for you. Once the library is open, all you have to do to make your temporary card a permanent card is to visit us in person during regular hours and verify your information. Anyone 5+ yrs. old can sign up for a temporary card if they live within the boundaries of the Tolono Public Library District.