Lego Robotics Competition: 1st Place and Most Creative!


WINNERS: Most Creative Award to Manhattan-Elwood Robotics

Middle School Students Bring Creativity and Hard Work to Life through 4-H Robotics

Over 200 youth making up thirty-eight teams of middle-school students from Will County displayed their technical, creative and teamwork skills during the 4-H Robotics Sport Bot Showcase in Joliet on Saturday, April 25.

Throughout the morning, 4-H members showcased their Lego Mindstorm robots in creativity, table performance, and technical categories. They also completed a teamwork challenge without their Bots. The event was hosted by University of Illinois Extension at the Weitendorf Agriculture Education Center in Joliet. All the youth are 4-H members, thanks in part to the Illinois 4-H Foundation. This National 4-H Council grant-funded program impacts more than 100 youth Will County this year.

“The youth worked extremely hard this year build and program their bots, and to see their hard work in action is terrific,” said Megan Walsh, U of I Extension 4-H youth development educator. “They all did something today they could not have accomplished when this year started, and that is success!”

That is a key tenant of 4-H; learning by doing. “The youth in these clubs learned about engineering and technology, because they were able to build and program these robots themselves,” says Walsh. “The kids say one of their favorite things about their club is that they get to make decisions on how the robot is built and how it is programmed.”

According to a Tufts University study, 4-H members are nearly two times more likely to pursue a career in science, engineering, or computer technology, and they are five times more likely to graduate from college. These positive youth development programs provide opportunities for youth to feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, practice generosity, and experience mastery.

“Teams got to learn from one another during the event and they had a lot of fun,” says Walsh. “Leaders are already telling me that their teams are already planning for next year’s competition.” If you would like to learn more about 4-H robotics and how you can get involved contact Megan Walsh at or 815-727-9296.

Money Smart Week

Join us April 20th-April 24th for Money Smart Week! We are offering two free programs:

Financial Tips for Retirees in Today's Economy- Tuesday, April 21st @ 10:30 am

Debit Card Fraud: Is Your Money at Risk?- Thursday, April 23rd @ 6:30 pm

Also, stop by the library and play our Dash for the Stash contest for a chance to win a $1,000 individual retirement account!


Watercolor Class

We had a great time at our first Watercolor Basics class. Everyone who was in attendance created beautiful masterpieces! Keep an eye out for upcoming watercolor painting classes, along with other great programs.V__2E66

Nonfiction Book Discussion

 Join us April 14th at 7 pm in a discussion of World War I as we consider loyalty-binding or blinding? We will be reading To End All Wars,: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion by Adam Hochschild. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk. 


Citizen of the Year: Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis - CItizen of the Year
Congratulations to trustee Kelly Davis for being awarded Manhattan's Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Manhattan. Kelly's work on bringing the One Book, One Manhattan project was honored at the State of the Village address on February 25, 2015. Thank you for encouraging a love of reading in our community!

Quilt Group Meeting

The Quilt Group meeting for Thursday, February 26th has been canceled. We will see you again on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30-9 pm at the United Methodist Church!

Closed Feb. 2

Due to unsafe road conditions, the library will be closed Monday, Feb. 2. We will reopen Tuesday at 10am. Please be safe out there and email with any questions at

How to Polish Your Manuscript

Interested in getting published but don't know how to get there? Join us tomorrow evening, January 15th, at 6 p.m. for our "How to Polish Your Manuscript Until It Shines" program with author Analissa Russo! She will present her new lecture and discuss what it takes to get a manuscript ready for publication.

Raffle and Refreshments provided!

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