December Closings

latestThe library will be closed on the following dates in December:
-13th (only open to those signed up for Frozen program)
-24th
-25th
-31st
Also, in case of severe weather, we will be closed. If the weather is bad, please call before coming to the library. Items returned in drop box during closing period will be checked in at the last day we were open.

Free Hot Chocolate

Reminder: tomorrow (Friday, November 14th) we will be giving out hot chocolate as a “thank-you” to all who donated books to our book drive! So make sure to stop by during our regular hours tomorrow to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!10670118_972921542736397_2362480825662181752_n

Frozen Event!

On Saturday, December 13th, we will be hosting a Frozen event at the library from 10-11:30! We will have:

-a reading of “Frozen” story
-an Olaf snowman craft
-a phot-op with Princess Elsa!
*Please register by December 5th! Visit us or call at (815) 694-2069*

November Holiday Closings

The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. We will also be closed on Thursday, November 27th for Thanksgiving. Remember, you are always free to put items you are finished with in the book drop at any time of any day at your convenience.

Fight the Flu!

thWDKI44T3On Monday, October 27th, from 2-4 p.m., the Homebound Healthcare group will be providing flu shots at the library. Shots are free to Medicare patients and $25 per shot to all others. Any questions, call (815) 929-0800.

Book Drive for Clifton Food Pantry

We will be collecting new or gently used books for the Clifton Food Pantry Christmas/Holiday baskets now-November 19th.  Books for all age groups are accepted.  The books can be dropped off at the library during regular business hours, or they can be put in the book drop with a note marked “Book Drive Donation.”

Local Author Brenda Ader Book Signing/Reading Event!

We will be presenting local author Brenda Ader at a book signing/reading of her book, “Tales from the Rural Landscape,” on Friday, October 10 from 5-7 pm.  The book will be available for purchase for $40.

Brenda Ader was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois.  She developed a deep love of writing at an early age, penning her first short story at the age of nine and attempting her first novel by the age of twelve.  She spent her high school and college years developing her skills as a writer through trial and error.

Although Ader always enjoyed the world of fiction, after graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1996, she ceased writing for a time, focusing instead on getting herself established as a wife, homeowner, and teacher.  In fact, it was her high school students who finally pushed her to return to the hobby she once loved.  Every Autumn, Ader assigned a short story project to her students.  As part of the unit, she always wrote a story of her own and read it aloud to her expectant classes. The students enjoyed these stories so much that they often encouraged her to get them published.  Earlier this year, Ader finally took their advice and made that dream a reality.

The book, Tales from the Rural Landscape, represents a collection of the suspense stories that Mrs. Ader shared with her students each year to celebrate Halloween.  Some showcase local legends, while others are products of her own imagination.  However, all contain some element of the supernatural.  In some stories, young people face cursed mirrors, while in others they unravel mysteries associated with strange people and places.  There are twelve stories in all, each one unique, but all thematically connected.

So sit down, turn down the lights, and enjoy strange tales of curses, revenge, and redemption in Brenda Ader’s “Tales from the Rural Landscape.”Brenda Ader Photo