Operation Care Package

Beginning on Monday, October 27th we are going to be collecting items for Operation Care Package! Operation Care Package is a charity that is dedicated to supporting our troops by sending out care packages that include supplies and treats. There will be a donation box in front of the Circulation Desk where you can drop off these items. We are looking for items such as batteries, toothbrushes/toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, and snacks like jerky or hard candies. For the full list of items, please stop by the library or check out our Facebook page.


The Library would like to thank the Lions Club for their generous donation of $300 for the purchase of Large Print materials!


October Reading Raffle

For the entire month of October, we are having a reading raffle for adults! For every book you read, you can enter for a chance to win a Silver Dollar gift card. After you've read a book, you can stop by the Circulation Desk to pick up your raffle ticket!

Labor Day Parade w/ One Book One Manhattan!

We are so excited to be a part of One Book One Manhattan and had so much fun at the parade. We cannot wait for the big title reveal coming in October! Stay tuned to find out just what book the teens have picked to share with their community. 2014 parade 1

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Next time you stop in, please take a moment to enjoy the beautiful landscaping at the front of the building made possible by a generous donation in memoriam of an avid reader and gardener, Theresa Gallagher, a longtime library volunteer.

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

Summer Reading Prizes

As we wind down our Summer Reading Program, we have saved some of our best prizes for last. Make sure to get your final logs turned in as all drawings will be completed Friday, August 1st.

Adults : Picnic Basket Set or Tickets to the Shedd Aquarium.

Teens: Top Reader – $100 gift card, 2 random drawings for $50 each

Kids: Motion Basket with Catapult and passes to the Jump Zone or our Bio Basket with Stuffed Curious George, and Inflatable Globe, and a Giant Body Puzzle (fun and educational!)

Geo'Cache' in Starting Next Week!

Join us for a town wide scavenger hunt Fundraiser! $5/card for hours of fun for the whole family.
Thursday, July 17th @ 10am- Saturday, July 26th @ 3pm : Ongoing
Pick up a coordinate card at the library on Thursday and complete it throughout the week. Make sure to turn it in before we close on Saturday.
All entries will go into a raffle for great prizes!

Story Time Update

FYI: Due to construction, Library Story Times (Tues-Fri @ 10:30am) will be held at the First Bank of Manhattan on North St. (near the Subway) from 2/19 – 3/7. Please call (815) 478-3987 or email mcblatti@mpld.org with any questions.

Safe SitterĀ® Course

Be the sitter that all parents & kids want!

Safe SitterĀ®, an up-to-date and well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis, teaches young teen babysitters everything they need to know to keep themselves and the children in their care safe. The nationally-recognized, pediatrician-developed program includes child care techniques, basic first aid, rescue techniques (like choking infant and child rescue), babysitting as a business, and online and cellphone safety. The program is for young teens 11+.

Date: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Time: 8:30am-3pm Location: Manhattan Fire Station 1, 100 Park Road, Manhattan

Cost: $35 in-district, $45 out of district Fee is due with registration.

Registration MUST be done in person by a parent/guardian at the Manhattan Fire Station #1, M-F 830a-430p

Students should bring a lunch and teddy bear or doll to class.

Call Dawn at 815-478-3197 ext. 1240 with any questions.