Community programs are supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Mizra Arts & Culture Fund.

- YOGA at the Library and ZUMBA at Union Hall. Call the Library for information about classes. 217-648-2112


Saturday, January 26, 10:00 AM MAGIC upstairs at The Loft at Union Hall, 114 Arch Street

For as long as he can remember, Mitch Williams has loved learning and performing magic. As a child growing up in a small town in central Illinois, Mitch soaked up information in every book on magic he could find. He built his own magic props and taught himself basic sleight of hand techniques. Now he has traveled the world performing magic, appearing with such superstars as Doug Henning. KIDS!!!!! Don’t miss this amazing show!

This Program is funded in part by Atlanta Lodge No. 165, A.F. & A.M. & by William Mahrt, Attorney

Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 a.m. - LOVE ANIMALS? Upstairs at Union Hall, 114 Arch Street

Love animals? Then you won’t want to miss a visit from folks from Decatur’s popular Scovill Zoo who will bring a variety of animals from the U.S. and around the world and tell us all about them. This is a “hands on” experience so come prepared to get to know the animals “up close and personal!”

Friday, March 29, 2019 - WHIZ BANG SCIENCE SHOW Upstairs at Union Hall, 114 Arch Street

Dr. Dave was only four years old when the first man landed on the moon, and the event changed his life! He joins us with his special program on “The Science of Engineering.” We will explore all kinds of moving things, learn about hos they work and the engineering behind them, and maybe even shoot off a rocket!

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - DRUMS, DRUMS, DRUMS Upstairs at Union Hall, 114 Arch Street

Ever think you could “march to the beat of a different drummer?” Percussionists from the award-winning Illinois Symphony Orchestra will offer an engaging hands-on demonstration of percussion instruments. Join us for this fantastic introduction to those instruments that make all the noise!

Children’s programs supported in part by Atlanta Lode No. 165 A.F & A.M


Wednesdays, January 9-30, 3:00 PM. TEA & SYMPATHY

Afternoon tea returns Wednesdays. Join us for a “cuppa” and conversation. Jigsaw puzzles and coloring books will be out, and we will enjoy activities designed to banish the winter “blahs”! On January 9, 23 will share some unique animal therapy with the Scovill Zoo; on January 16, we will make our own luscious hand cream. On January 23 and 30, therapists from DJ Nails will offer 10-minute hand massages on a first-come, first-served basis. (limit 6 per day). Call the Library to sign up. 217-648-2112 Cost for the massage is $5.00 plus optional tip.


Where people meet, intersect, and change is constant

  • Sign up to be a volunteer docent guide guide for the exhibit

  • Help paint a community mural at Union Hall

  • Submit art for the gallery show to accompany the exhibit



Celebrate this exciting exhibition with us! The Atlanta Museum is just one of six sites in Illinois selected to host this brand new

Smithsonian exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America”. Also visit our companion exhibit “Schools and Community: How schools Shape Community identity.” Sponsored by the Smithsonian and Illinois Humanities, and supported by generous contributions from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, the Atlanta National Bank, the Atlanta Betterment Fund, David Kindred, Carolyn Adams, and Gary Gemberling.


  • January 15, 9:30 AM - This Golden Age. Hear all about the Crossroads exhibit before it opens!

  • January 18, 6:30 PM - Fireside Friday. Refreshments and a delightful reading by a special guest - a fun evening by the fire for adults.

  • January 19, 9:30 AM - Spirit Guides. A 4-part monthly discussion of contemporary spiritual thinkers begins with Frederick Beuchner’s TELLING SECRETS. Call the Library by January 4th to sign up! 217-648-2112

  • January 28, 6:00 PM - Worldviews. Light supper and discussion of Lalita Tademy’s CANE RIVER, a popular Oprah selection.

    Call the Library to reserve a book! 217-648-2112

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.

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 2000’s 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 2000’s.

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.


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