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!

We're OPEN!

The Library is now open! You can now visit us during our normal business hours:

Monday – Thursday – 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 3:00pm

While we are excited to show off the recent changes, there are a few projects still awaiting completion so access to the new Children and Teen departments may be limited. We appreciate your patience during our construction!

Public Safety Hazard

Although the library had hoped to reopen tonight, the parking lot reconstruction has created a public safety hazard. The lot and sidewalks have been removed and conditions are too dangerous to walk across the lot to enter the library. We will be closed an additional week to ten days. When we reopen next week, we are hopeful we will be able to unveil the new Youth Services area. ALL FINES THAT ACCUMULATED DURING OUR CLOSINGS WILL BE REMOVED FROM YOUR ACCOUNT. Also, any items on the hold shelf will be held for pickup when we reopen.

Thank you for your patience. We can't wait to show off our new library space when the remodel is completed.

Power Restored!

Power's restored and we'll be back open for business tomorrow at 4pm. Hope to see the kids at story time tomorrow at the First Bank of Manhattan at 10:30am as well as our seniors for the Representatives from Will County Supervisor of Assessments Office who will be available to answer questions and assist with filling out 2014 Senior Freeze, Disability Exemption, and Veteran Exemption forms at the bank from 10:30-2pm tomorrow. Please email with any questions (

FYI we will be paving our parking lot and the stretch of road on Whitson tomorrow morning so they will be temporarily blocked so we can make it as smooth as a ride as the road in Radiator Springs.

Closing Update

ComEd has again bumped the library from its schedule so we are still waiting to have power restored. Because we have no power, our phone system is also down. NO FINES WILL ACCRUE FOR THE DAYS WE HAVE BEEN CLOSED DUE TO THE POWER OUTAGE. As soon as we are able to access our system and check in materials, we will adjust any fines that have accumulated. With the amount of materials we have to process, this could take several days. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this frustrating time. We will notify you are soon as we have power restored and the library can be open again.

CLOSED 5/8-5/9

Thank you for your continued patience. Due to issues beyond our control, we are still waiting for power to be fully restored and will not be able to open as anticipated. Please note that when we are able to open back up, all items will be treated as if they were turned in the last day we were open April, 29th so no fines will have accrued during this time. Those reminder emails and phone calls are generated by the system and we know they can be confusing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you soon. Please continue to check our website ( or call 815-478-3987 for further updates.

Closed 5/5/14 – 5/7/14

The library will be closed on Monday, May 5th – Wednesday, May 7th due to a continued power outage. We plan to reopen on Thursday, May 8th at 10am, but please check the website or call us at 815-478-3987 before coming in. We apologize for any inconvenience.