We invite you to join us as we explore what it means to be a community; the role learning, dialogue and citizenship play in building community; and the ways arts, culture and ideas contribute to our shared experience of living together! Get active! Get involved!


- YOGA at the Library with Carmen Chapman

- ZUMBA with Chris Thomas at Union Hall.

-Thrive Fitness with Jackie Pavelick at Union Hall

Call the Library for schedules and more information. 217-648-2112



Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Palms Grill Cafe. Program follows at 7:00 p.m. in the Loft at Union Hall. For reservations call 217-648-2112 or 217-648-5077. Admission to the program is free with dinner. Program only: $10.00/pay at the door.

OCTOBER 18: I am Route 66. Three simple questions and black and white portrait. That’s the basis of Jim Livingston’s “I AM Route 66” art project. Come hear Jim’s story of the people who live, work and pursue their dreams on Route 66.

OCTOBER 24: Danny Tackett & the Chicken & Picken’ Orchestra. Danny and the band return for another evening of great gospel and country music.

NOVEMBER 1; The Jump Blues Era. Back for more! Join musicians and singers of the Lincoln College Jazz Group as they recreate the swinging small band and blues music made popular by Louis Jordan from 1942-1949. A toe-tappin’ event!



Introducing Story Craft!

Stories and crafts for KIDS AGES 3-5!

SEPTEMBER 28TH AND OCTOBER 26, 10:30 A.M. The Discovery Box at Union Hall. Downstairs craft room.

114 Arch Street FREE!

Coming in November: More Story Craft! And Sounds Like Science: Fire and Ice with Mad Science of St. Louis!


SEPTEMBER 21, LEGO LAND with April Fisher. Come build with us! Legos provided. Ages 6-12

SEPTEMBER 28, DRUMMING with Tiffany McBride. Learn all about rhythm and how to use drums to communicate! Come make some noise! Ages 6-12

OCTOBER 26, PUMPKIN PAINTING. Ages 6-12 Pumpkins and paint provided.

All programs are at 10:30 a.m. at the union Hall, 114 Arch Street. Come in via the front door of Union Hall. Programs are FREE, but registration is required. Call the Library to sign up. (217-648-2112)


Volunteers needed for our Pre-K Reading Program, Do you enjoy reading to children? Then consider joining our team of readers who read to pre-K classes at Olympia South every Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It’s fun, rewarding, and only takes 15 minutes.

Reading will start in October. Call the Library at 217-648-2112 to sign up. Read as seldom or as often as you like.



BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK is back again in September. Join us for all the fun! Library staff have selected over 60 books - from popular and historical fiction to mysteries, thrillers and great non-fiction - and wrapped them all up in secret packages. Come in, read the enticing “person ads”, and choose a book that appeals to you - sight unseen! For every “blind date” you take, enter for a chance to win prizes at the end of the month. Then, join us MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, at 6:00 p.m. at the Library to enjoy refreshments, share your reading experiences, and even recommend you “blind dates” to a fellow reader. The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

WORLDVIEWS BOOK GROUP - Come join our Worldviews Book Group. We’ll have an organizational meeting at the Library on September 17, 6:30 p.m. Bring suggestions of books you would like to read. The group meets periodically from October through May for refreshments and conversation.

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


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