Community cultural programs are supported by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Children's programs will begin in November!  

Coming on November 2:  Special Illinois Turns 200 Live Event at Union Hall (Broadcast on NPR)



- Yoga at the Library - Every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m,

Instructor:  Carmen Shaffer                        Individual and package rates available.   Talk to Carmen!


- ZUMBA at Union Hall - Pick up a schedule at the Library. 

Instructor:   Chris Thomas                           Individual and package rates available.  Talk to Chris!     


Dinner Programs:  Celebrating Community    

Always fun and informative, our dinner programs at the Palms Grill begin on October 6 with a performance by the Illinois Symphony Woodwind Quintet.   Come for dinner at 5:30 and enjoy a concert of music inspired by the rural landscape, as well as other great music.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.   

The Lincoln College Jazz Orchestra is our featured guest on October 19.  This event is sponsored by Abbott & Associates.   
Events fill up fast.  call 217-648-5077 for reservations.   


This Golden Age:  Learn from the Locals

This popular program kicks off on October 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the Library.   This year's theme is Learn from the Locals, and this month we will host Neal Stimpet, CEO of the Atlanta National Bank.   Neal will discuss the challenges facing small-town banks, changes in regulations facing community banks, and the efforts the ANB makes to provide personal service to it customers.  Come and get to know Neal, enjoy continental breakfast, and join the lively conversation.   


Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book returns for a 5th year from September 15-October 19.  It's easy and fun, and you just might meet a book you never would have imagined loving so much.  All you have to do is read the personal ads created by your library staff, choose a book "sight unseen" and read to your heart's content.  For every book you read, we enter your name in a drawing to win fun prizes.  Then join us on October 22 at 6:00 p.m. for our annual Blind Date with a Book Party.  Enjoy a light supper and share your "dating" experiences!  Find out what other might have to recommend as well!


Worldviews Book Group:  The Many Faces of Community 

This year's Worldviews group will explore community relationships through a variety of lenses.  Join us to discuss a wide-ranging variety of novels sure to capture your interest.   Our first book is Jessica Shattuck's "The Women in the Castle".  Set at the end of World War II in a crumbling Bavarian castle, the book examines how three widows become a makeshift family coming to terms with complicated and dark secrets that threaten to tear them apart.   Books are available at the Library.   We will meet at the Library for a light supper and discussion at 6:00 p.m. on October 29.  


Welcome to the 2018-2019 Atlanta Library Dinner Program

This year, the Atlanta Library Dinner Programs, catered by the Palms Grill Cafe’, will complement the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Mainstreet exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” hosted by the Atlanta Public Library and Museum from February 2-March 15, 2019 (check date for sure). Featuring speakers and performers who will present programs focused on the rural culture and history, the Dinner Programs are held at the Union Hall Building, 114 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program starting at 7 pm. Reservations are required and limited to approximately 50 people. The Palms Grill Cafe’ features a set of dinner specials, including homemade desserts for each program. Feel free to BYOB for dinner. Phone 217-648-5077 to make reservations.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 2016 - Illinois Symphony Woodwinds

Our season opens with a spectacular performance by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet. Two years ago, the ISO Brass Quintet entertained us with a variety of brass music, and now we are thrilled to highlight the ISO woodwinds. The Quintet will offer a range of great music inspired by rural identity and landscape. The Quintet will offer a range of great music inspired by rural identity and landscape. This performance is sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2016- Danny Tackett & The Chicken & Pickin’ Orchestra

Come for a special evening of great country and gospel music along with delicious fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes & gravy, sauteed green beans, dinner salad & homemade desserts.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2018 - Lincoln College jazz program

Back for an encore performance, members of the Lincoln College jazz program will offer a fun evening of written and improvised music. Come and be inspired by the talent and personality of these fine student musicians. This performance is sponsored by J>M> Abbott & Associates.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2018 - Illinois Bicentennial Podcast Program

Join us as we celebrate Illinios’ Bicentennial with a live podcast program hosted by Illinois Humanities, focusing on Atlanta and Historic Rt. 66. Local residents will relate stories of their connections to the Mother Road and singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo will be on hand to provide transportation related music and stories.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2018 - Danny Tackett & the Chicken & Picken’ Orchestra

Danny and the band return for another special evening of great country and gospel music, along with delicious fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes & gravy, sauteed green beans, dinner salad & homemade desserts.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2018 - Exploring Native American Culture Through Oral Tradition, Music & Food

Dressed in traditional Ojibwa regalia, author Kim Sigafus, will share her knowledge of many aspects of Native American cultures, including Native people who lived in Illinois in the 1800s. Kim will describe Native American foodways, including the planting of the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash. Drumming and singing, she will also share a traditional lullaby and invite everyone to learn some Native American language as well as to view and handle Native artifacts.


FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2019 - Spoon River Anthology

Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masters published in 1915-16, presents and unvarnished representation of life in a rural, small town through the voices of inhabitants of its cemetery, who reflect upon their experiences from beyond the grave. Historical actors Paddy and John Lynn will portray characters from Spoon River anthology in costume. Their renditions will be interspersed with folk and popular music of the period performed by singer, guitarist, and banjoist, Patti Ecker.

FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2019 - Sports and Community

Can sports events have an impact on a town’s sense of community? We’ll consider that question with a panel discussion focused on Atlanta High School’s 1959 regional basketball victory over Lincoln, as well as the several state baseball and softball championship titles earned in the early 2000s by Olympia High School. Players, coaches, and cheerleaders will share their memories and stories of those events. The program will include rare film from 1959, as well as video and photos from the early 2000s.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2019 - The Farmer is the Man

Chris Valillo is a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician who strives to make the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song. Chris performs on six-string and slide bottleneck guitars, and hi combination of song and narrative present an entertaining portrait of life in the Midwest. This performance is sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2019 - Making Media Sense in Changing Times

An expert in public news literacy, press practices and journalism ethics, Professor Stephanie Craft of the University of Illinois School of Journalism joins us to examine how the public can navigate a complex and varied media environment and make sense of the 24/7 news cycle. Professor Craft received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and is widely recognized for her writing and teach.

FRIDAY MARCH 8, 2019 - How Corn Changed and Then Changed Everything Else

About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico transformed itself into a larger and more useful plant: the cereal grass now know as corn. Corn sustained the American colonies and the early United States, then virtually created the Midwest - a region settled faster than any other in history. Even for those who know corn well, there is much to learn about its historic impact and why is is so vital today. Author Cynthis Clampitt has pursued food history over three decades and six continents. Join her as she introduces us to the remarkable, fascinating, vital, but of overlooked, impact corn had had on our history and everyday lives.

FRIDAY MARCH 22, 2019 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Music has always been an important part of rural culture, we we’re excited to welcome the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra, the performing ensemble of The McLean County Mandolin Society. Classical mandolin ensembles were popular and the turn of the 20th-Century (1890-1920) with music from Tin Pan Alley, Ragtime, and early dance tunes arranged in parts, more like a string quartet than a traditional band. Join us for this special evening of what is sure to be some great, toe-tapping music. This program is sponsored by Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni, & Krafthefer.



The Atlanta Public Library offers a wide variety of services to its Patrons. In addition to a collection of over 9,000 books, the Library also hosts a collection of DVD'S and Audiobooks, all available for checkout to any anyone with a current Illinois Library Card. The Atlanta Public Library is also a member of the RAILS system which allows Patrons access to the collections of other Illinois Libraries as well as a large database of Ebooks. For more information on how to take advantage of Inter-Library Loan and Ebooks or to explore our entire collection from the comfort of your own device, click here. If you have more questions please feel free to contact our staff at or call the Library at 217.648.2112 during regular business hours.

In addition to traditional library services, the Atlanta Public Library also offers other services to its Patrons, including:

Internet access via 10 computers available for public use

Access to Photoshop software 

Copy Services

Fax Services


For more information on how to take advantage of these services please feel free to contact our staff at or call the Library at 217.648.2112 during regular business hours.


Like us on Facebook for regular program updates.