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Tolono Public Library News for Oct. 24-30, 2020

Bree has continued to order new books for all age groups.  You are welcome to come in and check out the new books!  If you are searching for a particular book, we can help!  You can do a search on our website and place a hold for the item.  You can give us a call and we will search for you! Once the book is here, you can drop by to pick it up or arrange for a curbside pick up.  We continue to offer curbside pick up for any patron.

Late fines are once again being charged.  Please turn your items in on time.  You can renew items on line or call us and we will be happy to renew items for you as well.  Due to the necessary 4-day quarantine of returned items, patrons will not be penalized for the 4-day quarantine period. When checking out items, the staff will print a receipt with due dates upon request.

Current Library Hours:  Monday through Friday: 9-10 am for Seniors and people with compromises. Noon-7pm for everyone.  Saturday-Sunday:  Noon-3pm for everyone.  Masks Required.

Early Voting

Early voting continues at the Tolono Public Library until November 2, 2020

Times are 10am-6 pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.    Any Champaign County registered voters may vote early at the library.  Questions about voting/early voting should be directed to the Champaign County Clerk’s Office.

Library Board Seats 

The Tolono Public Library District has petitions available for individuals interested in running for a seat on the library board.  The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.  The Library will have five trustee positions open, four of the positions are 4-year terms and one position is a 2-year term.  Library trustees discuss library business and adopt policies governing library operations and services at the monthly meetings.  The Library board is also responsible for approving the budget, monitoring expenditures and long-range planning.  Individuals who reside within the Tolono Library District, are at least 18 years old, and are U.S. Citizens are encouraged to consider running for a trustee position.  The first date to start circulating petitions is September 22.  Submit completed positions to the library director during the week of December 14.  Please call the Library to speak with Janet Cler if you are interested in this opportunity.  217-485-5558

 Program Events  

Adult Reading Program  October 1-November 3.  Being an adult is hard.  Sometimes a little caffeine can help you get through the day.  Enjoy some “Me” time by reading books for a chance to win a gift basket of your favorite caffeinated beverages.  To register and for more information please email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  Please include your name, address, email address and phone number in your email.

Choose Your Own Adventure Family Activity Kit  October 1-31 (while supplies last)  Family Activity Kits will be available for check out during the month of October while supplies last.  The kits are pre-made and include 3 family books, one family movie, 2 coloring pages and a family S.T.E.A.M. activity related to the topic.  You check out the library materials and simply bring them back when you are done, but keep the rest of the activities.  October Themes are Halloween, Farm/Harvest and Pirates.  One kit per household each month.  Kits are recommended for families with children ages 3-13

November Adventure Kits -These kits will be available on Nov. 1, 2020.  Themes for November are Thanksgiving, Hunting/Fishing and Trees/ Autumn.

Virtual Story Time via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of story time?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 20-25 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.    Ages 0-5 October 27 theme: Fight those Fears!

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. Ages 5-13

Virtual Adult Programs  Join Miss Emily for a Virtual Adult Educational Program from 1-2pm on Saturday October 24, 2020.  Miss Emily presents timely topics of interest to her adult audience.

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

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Libraries that offer MyHeritage Library Edition provides patrons with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.  Click on the My Heritage icon in our virtual resources, log into Ebsco using your entire barcode number and click on My Heritage library edition.

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Tolono Public Library News for Oct. 17-24, 2020

Late fines are once again being charged.  Please turn your items in on time.  You can renew items on line or call us and we will be happy to renew items for you as well.  Due to the necessary 4-day quarantine of returned items, patrons will not be penalized for the time an item spends in quarantine. Returned materials will be back-dated to ensure no fines will be charged during those 4 days.  When checking out items, the staff will print a receipt with due dates upon request.

Early Voting

Early voting will begin at the Tolono Public Library on Monday October 19, 2020 at 10 am.

Early voting will take place between October 19 – November 2, 2020. Times are 10am-6 pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.  The Tolono Public Library is located at 111 East Main Street, Tolono. There is a sign on the front door of the library that indicates all the early voting dates and times.  Any Champaign County registered voters may early vote at the library.  Questions about voting/early voting should be directed to the Champaign County Clerk’s Office.

Library Board Seats 

The Tolono Public Library District is looking for individuals interested in running for a seat on the library board.  The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.  The Library will have five trustee positions open, four of the positions are 4-year terms and one position is a 2-year term.  Library trustees discuss library business and adopt policies governing library operations and services at the monthly meetings.  The Library board is also responsible for approving the budget, monitoring expenditures and long-range planning.  Individuals who reside within the Tolono Library District, are at least 18 years old, and are U.S. Citizens are encouraged to consider running for a trustee position.  The first date to start circulating petitions is September 22.  Submit completed positions to the library director during the week of December 14.  Please call the Library to speak with Janet Cler if you are interested in this opportunity.  217-485-5558

We are open from 9-10am  Monday through Friday to accommodate senior citizens and people with underlying health issues.  We are open from noon until 7 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 3 pm Saturday and Sunday to accommodate everyone who needs library services.  Masks are required to be in place before you enter the library and we require the mask stays in place while you are in the library.  We have special accommodation sheets, for curbside services, on the white table in the front lobby for people who are unable to wear masks.  All of our book drops are open.  Please do not put Champaign Public Library or Urbana Free Library items in our drop boxes.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept any donations at this time. Curbside pick up remains an option for all patrons.  Please call the library at 217-485-5558 to arrange for a curbside pick up.

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 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.

 Program Events  

Adult Reading Program  October 1-November 3.  Being an adult is hard.  Sometimes a little caffeine can help you get through the day.  Enjoy some “Me” time by reading books for a chance to win a gift basket of your favorite caffeinated beverages.  To register and for more information please email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  Please include your name, address, email address and phone number in your email.

Choose Your Own Adventure Family Activity Kit  October 1-31 (while supplies last)  Family Activity Kits will be available for check out during the month of October while supplies last.  The kits are pre-made and include 3 family books, one family movie, 2 coloring pages and a family S.T.E.A.M. activity related to the topic.  You check out the library materials and simply bring them back when you are done, but keep the rest of the activities.  October Themes are Halloween, Farm/Harvest and Pirates.  One kit per household each month.  Kits are recommended for families with children ages 3-13

Teen Craft Kits  October 18 to 24,  Sock Monster Kits will be available for pick up at the front desk.  All directions and (most) materials are included in this kit that you will take home and make on your own.  Kits are available while supplies last.

Virtual Story Time via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of story time?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 20-25 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.    Ages 0-5  The theme for October 20 is Ghooly Ghosts.

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. Ages 5-13

Virtual Adult Programs  Join Miss Emily for a Virtual Adult Educational Program from 1-2pm on Saturday October 24, 2020.  Miss Emily presents timely topics of interest to her adult audience.

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 d

Resource of the Month

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Libraries that offer MyHeritage Library Edition provides patrons with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.  Click on the My Heritage icon in our virtual resources, log into Ebsco using your entire barcode number and click on My Heritage library edition.

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Tolono Public Library News for Oct. 10-17, 2020

Early Voting

Early voting will begin at the Tolono Public Library on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10 am.

Early voting will take place between October 19 – November 2, 2020. Times are 10am-6 pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.  The Tolono Public Library is located at 111 East Main Street, Tolono. There is a sign on the front door of the library that indicates all the early voting dates and times.  Any Champaign County registered voters may early vote at the library.  Questions about voting/early voting should be directed to the Champaign County Clerk’s Office.

Now that all pre-COVID materials that were checked out have been returned, please pay attention to due dates for items checked out. Staff will be happy to print a check out receipt for you at the time of check out. Due to the necessary 4-day quarantine of returned items, patrons will not be penalized for the time an item spends in quarantine. Returned materials will be back-dated to ensure no fines will be charged during those 4 days.

We are open from 9-10am  Monday through Friday to accommodate senior citizens and people with underlying health issues.  We are open from noon until 7 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 3 pm Saturday and Sunday to accommodate everyone who needs library services.  Masks are required to be in place before you enter the library and we require the mask stays in place while you are in the library.  We have special accommodation sheets, for curbside services, on the white table in the front lobby for people who are unable to wear masks.  All of our book drops are open.  Please do not put Champaign Public Library or Urbana Free Library items in our drop boxes.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept any donations at this time. Curbside pick up remains an option for all patrons.  Please call the library at 217-485-5558 to arrange for a curbside pick up.

Library Board Seats 

The Tolono Public Library District is looking for individuals interested in running for a seat on the library board.  The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.  The Library will have five trustee positions open, four of the positions are 4-year terms and one position is a 2-year term.  Library trustees discuss library business and adopt policies governing library operations and services at the monthly meetings.  The Library Board is also responsible for approving the budget, monitoring expenditures, and long-range planning.  Individuals who reside within the Tolono Library District, are at least 18 years old, and are U.S. Citizens are encouraged to consider running for a trustee position.  The first date to start circulating petitions is September 22.  Submit completed positions to the library director during the week of December 14.  Please call the Library to speak with Janet Cler if you are interested in this opportunity.  217-485-5558

 Program Events  

Amazing Owls!  Virtual Event Via Zoom  Join us on October 10 from 1-2 for this Zoom event hosted by the Library and the Anita Purves Nature Center.  Discover the many types of owls living right in your neighborhood, the special abilities that set owls apart from other birds, and how and when to listen to their calls.  You will experience stories, sounds, hands-on artifacts, and a visit by a live Screech Owl during this informative virtual program for all ages.  Email programs@tolonolibrary.org for a zoom login and password.

Adult Reading Program  October 1-November 3.  Being an adult is hard.  Sometimes a little caffeine can help you get through the day.  Enjoy some “Me” time by reading books for a chance to win a gift basket of your favorite caffeinated beverages.  To register and for more information please email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  Please include your name, address, email address, and phone number in your email.

Choose Your Own Adventure Family Activity Kit  October 1-31 (while supplies last)  Family Activity Kits will be available for check out during the month of October while supplies last.  The kits are pre-made and include 3 family books, one family movie, 2 coloring pages, and a family S.T.E.A.M. activity related to the topic.  You check out the library materials and simply bring them back when you are done, but keep the rest of the activities.  October Themes are Halloween, Farm/Harvest, and Pirates.  One kit per household each month.  Kits are recommended for families with children ages 3-13

Children’s Craft Kits:  Pencil Topper Monsters!  Children’s craft kits will be available October 11-17.  You can take the kit home and craft a monster pencil topper with your family.  Instructions and (most) supplies are included in the kit.  Kits are available at the front desk while supplies last.

Virtual Story Time via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of storytime?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 20-25 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.    Ages 0-5  The October 13 program theme is Hide and Seek.

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. 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!

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

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Libraries that offer MyHeritage Library Edition provides patrons with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.  Click on the My Heritage icon in our virtual resources, log into Ebsco using your entire barcode number, and click on My Heritage library edition.

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Tolono Public Library News for Oct. 2-9, 2020

Now that all pre-COVID materials that were checked out have been returned, please pay attention to due dates for items checked out. Staff will be happy to print a check out receipt for you at the time of check out. Due to the necessary 4-day quarantine of returned items, patrons will not be penalized for the time an item spends in quarantine. Returned materials will be back-dated to ensure no fines will be charged during those 4 days.

We are open from 9-10am  Monday through Friday to accommodate senior citizens and people with underlying health issues.  We are open from noon until 7 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 3 pm Saturday and Sunday to accommodate everyone who needs library services.  Masks are required to be in place before you enter the library and we require the mask stays in place while you are in the library.  We have special accommodation sheets, for curbside services, on the white table in the front lobby for people who are unable to wear masks.  All of our book drops are open.  Please do not put Champaign Public Library or Urbana Free Library items in our drop boxes.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept any donations at this time. Curbside pick up remains an option for all patrons.  Please call the library at 217-485-5558 to arrange for a curbside pick up.

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 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.

Early Voting

Early voting will begin at the Tolono Public Library on Monday October 19, 2020 at 10 am.

Early voting will take place between October 19 – November 2, 2020. Times are 10am-6 pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.  The Tolono Public Library is located at 111 East Main Street, Tolono. There is a sign on the front door of the library that indicates all the early voting dates and times.  Any Champaign County registered voters may early vote at the library.  Questions about voting/early voting should be directed to the Champaign County Clerk’s Office.

Library Board Seats 

The Tolono Public Library District is looking for individuals interested in running for a seat on the library board.  The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.  The Library will have five trustee positions open, four of the positions are 4-year terms and one position is a 2-year term.  Library trustees discuss library business and adopt policies governing library operations and services at the monthly meetings.  The Library board is also responsible for approving the budget, monitoring expenditures and long-range planning.  Individuals who reside within the Tolono Library District, are at least 18 years old, and are U.S. Citizens are encouraged to consider running for a trustee position.  The first date to start circulating petitions is September 22.  Submit completed positions to the library director during the week of December 14.  Please call the Library to speak with Janet Cler if you are interested in this opportunity.  217-485-5558

Program Events  

Adult Reading Program  October 1-November 3.  Being an adult is hard.  Sometimes a little caffeine can help you get through the day.  Enjoy some “Me” time by reading books for a chance to win a gift basket of your favorite caffeinated beverages.  To register and for more information please email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  Please include your name, address, email address and phone number in your email.

Choose Your Own Adventure Family Activity Kit  October 1-31 (while supplies last)  Family Activity Kits will be available for check out during the month of October while supplies last.  The kits are pre-made and include 3 family books, one family movie, 2 coloring pages and a family S.T.E.A.M. activity related to the topic.  You check out the library materials and simply bring them back when you are done, but keep the rest of the activities.  October Themes are Halloween, Farm/Harvest and Pirates.  One kit per household each month.  Kits are recommended for families with children ages 3-13

Adult Craft Kits:  Craft a cute pumpkin-shaped candy dish out of terra cotta pots.  All directions and (most) supplies are available for pick up at the front desk October 4-10 while supplies last.  Adult craft kits are available for ages 18+.

Virtual Story Time via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of story time?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 20-25 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.    Ages 0-5

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. 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!

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

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Libraries that offer MyHeritage Library Edition provides patrons with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.  Click on the My Heritage icon in our virtual resources, log into Ebsco using your entire barcode number and click on My Heritage library edition.

 

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Tolono Public Library News for 9-25 to 10-2. 2020

We are open from 9-10am  Monday through Friday to accommodate senior citizens and people with underlying health issues.  We are open from noon until 7 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 3 pm Saturday and Sunday to accommodate everyone who needs library services.  Masks are required to be in place before you enter the library and we require the mask stays in place while you are in the library.  We have special accommodation sheets, for curbside services, on the white table in the front lobby for people who are unable to wear masks.

Early Voting

Early voting will begin at the Tolono Public Library on Monday October 19, 2020 at 10 am.

Early voting will take place between October 19 – November 2, 2020. Times are 10am-6 pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.  The Tolono Public Library is located at 111 East Main Street, Tolono. There is a sign on the front door of the library that indicates all the early voting dates and times.  Any Champaign County registered voters may early vote at the library.  Questions about voting/early voting should be directed to the Champaign County Clerk’s Office.

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 via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of storytime?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 10-15 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.  Craft/activity kits are available at the front desk of the library for little ones who participate in Virtual Story Time.  The September 29 program is Amazing Owls.   Ages 0-5

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. Ages 5-13

Children’s Candy Art Contest  We are very excited that so many children have participated in the candy art contest!   The art pictures will be posted on our Facebook pageSept.26 – Oct. 2 and people can vote on their favorite picture.  The winner of the art contest will be awarded a candy/goody basket.

New for October

Adult Reading Program  October 1-November 3.  Being an adult is hard.  Sometimes a little caffeine can help you get through the day.  Enjoy some “Me” time by reading books for a chance to win a gift basket of your favorite caffeinated beverages.  To register and for more information please email Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  Please include your name, address, email address and phone number in your email.

Choose Your Own Adventure Family Activity Kit  October 1-31 (while supplies last)  Family Activity Kits will be available for check out during the month of October while supplies last.  The kits are pre-made and include 3 family books, one family movie, 2 coloring pages and a family S.T.E.A.M. activity related to the topic.  You check out the library materials and simply bring them back when you are done, but keep the rest of the activities.  October Themes are Halloween, Farm/Harvest and Pirates.  One kit per household each month.  Kits are recommended for families with children ages 3-13.

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!

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

Our book drops remain open!  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!  Please do not put any donations in the book drops.  At this time we are unable to accept donations.

Library Board Seats

The Tolono Public Library District is looking for individuals interested in running for a seat on the library board.  The board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.  The Library will have five trustee positions open, four of the positions are 4-year terms and one position is a 2-year term.  Library trustees discuss library business and adopt policies governing library operations and services at the monthly meetings.  The Library board is also responsible for approving the budget, monitoring expenditures and long-range planning.  Individuals who reside within the Tolono Library District, are at least 18 years old, and are U.S. Citizens are encouraged to consider running for a trustee position.  The first date to start circulating petitions is September 22.  Submit completed positions to the library director during the week of December 14.  Please call the Library to speak with Janet Cler if you are interested in this opportunity.  217-485-5558

Resource of the Month

EBSCOhost is an intuitive online research platform used by millions of users worldwide. With quality databases and search features, EBSCOhost helps researchers of all kinds find the information they need fast. Simply sign in, using your library account barcode number and enter a subject into the search.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________Tolono Public Library News for 9-18 to 9-25, 2020

We welcome you to come into the library and loo; for books, audio books, magazines and movies. Our current hours are different to accommodate a broad range of patrons.  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 still offer curbside pick up for anyone who would like to make a quick stop for picking p their items.  Please call the library to schedule a curbside pick up time.  Most of the time, if you order any materials that are in our library you can get those items the same day or the next.

We continue many of our cleaning routines and sanitation practices to make sure you are safe while in the library and we ask that you comply with our rules to help keep everyone safe as well.  Masks are required to be in place before coming into the library and we ask that the mask stays in place the entire time you are inside the library.  We have special accommodations for curbside pick ups for those who are unable to wear a mask.  Accommodation sheets are on the whit table just inside the lobby.

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 patron computers will be available for use on a sign-up basis.  We are limiting use to a half hour per guest.

Our drop boxes are open!  You may place your items in any of the drop boxes at any time.  Please only put items you’ve checked out from the Tolono Library in the drop boxes.  Champaign and Urbana items need to be returned to them and not put in our drop boxes.  Please do not place book donations in the drop boxes.  We are unable to accept book donations at this time.

 Program Events  

Virtual Story Time via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of storytime?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 10-15 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.  Craft/activity kits are available at the front desk of the library for little ones who participate in Virtual Story Time.  The September 22 program is Yoga.   Ages 0-5

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org  for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. Ages 5-13

Take-Home Craft Kits:  September 13-19, Children can stop in and pick up a Sock Caterpillar Craft Kit while supplies last. Directions and (most) supplies included. Ages 5-12  September 20-26, Teens  can stop in and pick up a “Lucky” Origami Stars kit.  Directions and (most) materials are included.  Ages 13-18

Children’s Candy Art Contest September 1-25.  Children 13 and under can sign up and get either M&M’s or Skittles.  Make a masterpiece out of the candy and email a picture of your creation to Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org.   The art pictures will be posted on Facebook Sept.26 – Oct. 2 and people can vote on their favorite picture.  The winner of the art contest will be awarded a candy/goody basket.  To sign up either email Miss Emily or stop by the front desk at the Library.  To pick up your box of M7M’s or Skittles, stop by the front desk at the Library.

Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!:  Join the Tolono Library and the Champaign County Farm Bureau for a Virtual Program all about Pumpkins on Saturday, September 26 from 1-2pm.  Stories and fun activities will be the focus for this hour of learning about pumpkins.  Please contact Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to receive information on how to connect to this program.  Ages 5-13 (under 5 with a caregiver)

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

EBSCOhost is an intuitive online research platform used by millions of users worldwide. With quality databases and search features, EBSCOhost helps researchers of all kinds find the information they need fast. Simply sign in, using your library account barcode number, and enter a subject into the search.

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Tolono Public Library News for 8-14 to 8-21, 2020

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 the 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.

Our hours are different to accommodate a broad range of patrons.  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 12-7 pm, M-F and 12-3 pm on Sat/Sun.  we are requiring masks for everyone over the age of 2 and we will ask you to sanitize your hands upon 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.  For your safety, we must limit your visit to the library to making your choices in a timely manner and helping us with your check out procedure.  We clean and sanitize common areas several times a day and we sanitize after each patron checks out.

We are asking that families stay together during their time at the library.  Children need to stay with their 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 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 place your items in any of the drop boxes at any time.  Please only put items you’ve checked out from the Tolono Library in the drop boxes.  Champaign and Urbana items need to be returned to them and not put in our drop boxes.  Please do not place book donations in the drop boxes.  We are unable to accept book donations at this time

 

Program Events  

Virtual Story Time via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of storytime?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 10-15 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.  Craft/activity kits are available at the front desk of the library for little ones who participate in Virtual Story Time.  The September 8 program is Acorns and Oak Trees and the September 15 program is Silly Squirrels. Ages 0-5

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. Ages 5-13

Children’s Candy Art Contest September 1-25.  Children 13 and under can sign up and get either M&M’s or Skittles.  Make a masterpiece out of the candy and email a picture of your creation to Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org.   The art pictures will be posted on Facebook Sept.26 – Oct. 2 and people can vote on their favorite picture.  The winner of the art contest will be awarded a candy/goody basket.  To sign up either email Miss Emily or stop by the front desk at the Library.  To pick up your box of M7M’s or Skittles, stop by the front desk at the Library.

Take-Home Craft Kits:  September 6-12, Adults can stop in and pick up a Quarantine Card Making Kit while supplies last.  Have you missed your loved ones during the long quarantine? What better way to send a smile than with a card!  Directions and (most) materials included.  September 13-19, Children can stop in and pick up a Sock Caterpillar Craft Kit while supplies last. Directions and (most) supplies included.

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

EBSCOhost is an intuitive online research platform used by millions of users worldwide. With quality databases and search features, EBSCOhost helps researchers of all kinds find the information they need fast. Simply sign in, using your library account barcode number, and enter a subject into the search.

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Tolono Public Library News for 8-28 to 9-4, 2020

The Tolono Public Library continues to have special hours through September.  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 ask you to sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the building.  If you are unable to wear a mask, you will be given an accommodation form to fill out for curbside pick up of materials you want.

Note: The Tolono Public Library will be closed on September 7 for Labor Day.

 

Check us out!

Our website is your source for information.  You can also find and follow us on Facebook.  We update each regularly.

We are asking that families stay together during their time at the library.  Children need to stay with their 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 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!

Drop Boxes are located on Tomaras and Prairie Rose in Savoy,  in front of the post office in Sadorus and beside the front doors of the Library in Tolono.

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.  We will not be having our big annual Book Sale due to COVID restrictions.

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 the 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 via ZOOM!  Is your preschooler missing the “interactive” components of storytime?  We miss you too!  Preschoolers and their caregivers can join us every Tuesday at 10 am for a short 10-15 minute interactive book reading and activity.  Please email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your ZOOM login and password.  Craft/activity kits are available at the front desk of the library for little ones who participate in Virtual Story Time.  The September 1 theme is Migration Nation! Ages 0-5

After School Bingo via ZOOM!  Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4 pm.  Play Bingo with your friends on ZOOM!  Email Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary for your custom BINGO card and the ZOOM login information.  Tell her how many cards you will need and she will email them to you.  Prizes will be awarded.  Miss Emily can Mail them to you or you can arrange a curbside pick up time. Ages 5-13

Children’s Candy Art Contest September 1-25.  Children 13 and under can sign up and get either M&M’s or Skittles.  Make a masterpiece out of the candy and email a picture of your creation to Miss Emily at programs@tolonolibrary.org.   The art pictures will be posted on Facebook Sept.26 – Oct. 2 and people can vote on their favorite picture.  The winner of the art contest will be awarded a candy/goody basket.  To sign up either email Miss Emily or stop by the front desk at the Library.  To pick up your box of M7M’s or Skittles, stop by the front desk at the Library.

Upcoming:   Adult Craft Kits  September 6-12  Quarantine Card Making Kits will be available at the front desk at the Library while supplies last.  Ages 18 +

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

EBSCOhost is an intuitive online research platform used by millions of users worldwide. With quality databases and search features, EBSCOhost helps researchers of all kinds find the information they need fast. Simply sign in, using your library account barcode number, and enter a subject into the search.

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Tolono Public Library News for 8-20 to 8-28, 2020

The New Normal

We pride ourselves on customer service.  We will go the extra mile to find a book, audiobook, movie or other material for you.  If we can’t find the item you want in the Illinois Heartland System, which we are part of, our staff member, Helen tries to find it through the World Catalog.  Once we find the item, it has to go through several channels to arrive at our library.  Each time the item is handled, it then must be quarantined before it is sent to the next step in the delivery process.  All of this is done to keep our patrons safe. All of this is done to keep each person who handles the item safe.  We have to follow the rules set by the library system.  We are aware that it now can take weeks before you get the item(s) you ordered.  This is our new normal.  We must accept and respect the new policies and way of doing things because we want to ensure all we do to keep everyone as safe as we possibly can.

Current Library Hours:

9-10 am M-F  Open for Seniors and others considered high risk

12-7pm M-F   Open for everyone

12-3pm Sat-Sun   Open for everyone

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 require everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask upon entering the library.  If you are unable to wear a mask, we have an accommodation form that will allow you to make your requests and pick up using our curbside service.

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.

Our website is your source of information.  Tolonolibrary.org is a very user-friendly site.  Take a moment to look at our site, we keep it up-to-date with current information.

We are asking that families stay together during their time at the library.  Children need to stay with their 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 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.

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.  We will not be having our big annual Book Sale due to COVID restrictions.

 Program Events  

Story Time Format Change: 

To make storytime more interactive, Miss Emily (and Eve) will be going live through ZOOM!  Storytime will also change days to Tuesdays. To participate, please email programs@tolonolibrary.org to get your zoom login and password.  Join Miss Emily at 10 am on Tuesdays for fun, interactive storytime sessions.  These changes will start in September.

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 After-school Bingo: 

Beginning in September, on Wednesdays at 3:30-4 pm.  Children 5-12 years old can play BINGO! With Miss Emily through ZOOM!  To receive your custom bingo card, email programs@tolonolibrary.org  You will be sent a bingo card and the login in information.

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 8-14 to 8-21, 2020

The Tolono Public Library District has one major goal during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We Strive to keep everyone as safe as we can while still providing the quality customer service you expect from us.  Our hours are different to accommodate a broad range of patrons.  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 ask you to sanitize your hands upon 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.  For your safety, we must limit your visit to the library to making your choices in a timely manner and helping us with your check out procedure.  We clean and sanitize common areas several times a day and we sanitize after each patron checks out.

Check out our Website!

Our website is your source of information.  Tolonolibrary.org is a very user-friendly site.  Take a moment to look at our site.  On the homepage you will notice scrolling banners.  When you click a banner you will find details.  When you click on the red “event calendar” hexagon, our calendar pops up.  Clicking on a scheduled event takes you to the details of that event.  The gold “online catalog” hexagon allows you to search for library materials within the Illinois Heartland System.  You can refine your search by clicking on “my library” to find out if an item is at the Tolono Library.  You will also use the gold hexagon to log into your library account.  You will enter your complete barcode number on the back of your card and your PIN/password which is the last 4 digits of your phone number.  When you are in your account, you can see what items you have checked out, see due dates, see what items you’ve placed on hold, and you can even pay your fines online.  The blue “virtual resources” hexagon takes you to all the virtual resources that are available to you by being a member of our library.  There are resources for all ages.  Simply click on the icon(s) to find out more about the resource and to use the resource.  You will need to enter your entire barcode number and possibly use your PIN/password for these resources. Please contact the library if you have questions about our website.

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 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.  We will not be having our big annual Book Sale due to COVID restrictions.

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. Storytimes will run through the month of August. Suggested ages: birth to 5 yrs. And parents.

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.

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 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

Like us on Facebook! We are making regular posts. Stay updated with us!

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.