Closed for the Holiday

The library will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.

While the library is closed, please look through our website for more information on upcoming programs or what’s available through the library’s e-book collection.

We will reopen for their regular hours Monday morning. Please have a happy and safe weekend.



Mar Theater: Minions Movie

Tickets on sale now at the Children's Department for the new Minions movie July 11th @ 11a at the Mar Theater in Wilmington. $6 for movie, popcorn and pop.

Week 3: Superheroes Protect


Meet the Will County K9s: Visit with heroes of all shapes and sizes.
Tuesday 6/23 at 12p

Learn from Manhattan and Elwood Police Department heroes as they tell us how they keep us safe and how we can protect ourselves this summer.
Thursday 6/25 at 12p & 5p

Super Story Times in the Park!

Wednesdays June 10th – July 29th @ 11:30

stip15Geared towards ages 18months – 7 years. Families welcome!
Learn different traits of a superhero this summer with our story time in the park. We have stories, crafts, activities, and games planned so enjoy the great weather and the company of wonderful families in our communities. Bring a sack lunch and stay and play after. Register here.

WEEK 2: Alter Egos

Come learn about superheroes secret identities.


On Tuesday 6/16 @ 12p, draw yourself as a superhero.
Later that day at 6p, bring the whole family dressed in your super gear for a photo shoot that will have you flying over tall buildings and climbing skyscrapers
On Thursday 6/18 @ 5p join us for a Super Cape Crafter Caper. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and sew them a cape of their very own before they help you solve a library mystery!


Teens: Monday 6/15 brighten up your day by making your own stuffed superhero. Socks provided.


The DREADED Summer Slide is approaching!

Let's spread the word on how to keep her out of your home! Never heard of her?
Research shows that children can lose one to three months of learning every summer. By the end of 5th grade, some children fall more than 2 YEARS BEHIND in reading and verbal achievement and 1.5 YEARS BEHIND in mathematics due to Summer Slide. Your library offers fun ways to fight Summer Slide. The best way to fight Summer Slide is by keeping kids mentally engaged. Keep those brains busy! We have lots of FUN, FREE, and EDUCATIONAL programs, activities, and materials you can borrow!

Pick up a Summer Slide coloring sheet at the library – color and return it for a free dumdum!

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!