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Library Announcements

Greenville Public Library Holiday Closing Schedule

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Day and the day after

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year's Eve

New Year's Day

Dr. Martin Luther King's Day

Presidents' Day

The Greenville Public Library may be closed due to inclement weather, such as snow, ice, or a tornado warning. In the event that our city's tornado sirens go off, staff and any patrons in the building will be taken to our designated shelter in the basement. We will be following instructions from weather sources on when the tornado warning is over. Please call the library at (618) 664-3115 with any questions involving closings.


Monday: 9 am to 5 pm

Tuesday: 9 am to 5 pm

Wednesday: 9 am to 7 pm

Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm

Friday: 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

This program is for children birth to before kindergarten. Parents (grandparents, caregivers, siblings, etc.) keep track of books read to a child via a specially designed Reading Challenge (R.C.) book that will be given at sign-up. (Project Parenting families will be given their book by Project Parenting.) As your child reaches each 100th milestone, bring the child and the R.C. book into the library for a small prize and to have your child's picture taken. When your child has had 1,000 books read to him/her, bring your child and the R.C. book into the library for a special certificate and a hardcover picture book to keep. This program runs year-round. A child may only participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten once.

National Lucky Penny Day

National Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on May 23. It’s always nice to find a penny and on this day everyone is on the lookout in the hopes of finding one lying around. The discovery of pennies is often associated with good luck and celebrators believe that if you find a penny on National Lucky Penny Day, you might just be incredibly blessed! On Tuesday, May 23rd, the library will hide 12 pennies throughout the day. They may be upstairs, downstairs, or even outside! Bring the specially marked penny to the front desk to receive your prize. Thanks to Bradford National Bank for sponsoring the holiday. (Limit of one prize per family.)

Debbie Blankenship's Book Talk

Join the library in welcoming local author, Debbie Blankenship. She recently published a juvenile novel called, "The Magic Stones and the Big, Black, Hairy Thing in the Woods." Debbie, along with her grandchildren, will be reading from her book. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31st at 3pm. All are welcome!

Summer Reading Kick-Off

Lay the foundation for summer reading with a special story time on Thursday, June 1st at 2 pm. Mr. John Goldsmith will read books about construction equipment, bring a hard hat and other equipment, and (hopefully) bring a large piece of construction equipment to touch. Don't forget to sign up for our summer reading programs while you are here. Click here to see the flyer.

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High School & Adult Summer Reading Program

WHO: The Greenville Public Library invites our adult and young adult (students
entering 9th grade to 12th grade for the 23-24 school year) patrons to
participate in our annual Adult & Young Adult Summer Reading Program.
WHEN: The program will start June 1st and end July 29th.
HOW: Sign up at the circulation desk, then start keeping track of the books you
read. Ask for a Reader’s Slip at the front desk and fill out the information
after reading a book. You may enter for each book you have read.
WOW: There will be two drawings, June 22nd and July 13th. An adult winner & a high school winner will win a canvas library bag for the 1st drawing. The 2nd drawing, an adult & a high school student will win a $20 gift card.* Slips collected throughout the summer will be eligible to win a Kindle Fire Tablet in the drawing on July 31st. We will draw two adult names and
one young adult name to win Kindle Fires.

* Winners of the $20 gift card may choose a card from a business in town.


Ice Cream for Books

Children who can read on their own to those going into 8th grade, may sign up for the summer reading incentive program, Ice Cream for Books.  Sign up begins on June 1. The last day to receive a DQ treat will be on July 29.

When you sign up, you will receive a reading log.  As you read books this summer, print the titles on the log.

Parents/adults are asked to put their initials after each title.

 Chapter Book Readers

2 Books =1 DQ card (1 card/week)

 Easy/Picture Book Readers

3 Books = 1 DQ card (1 card/week)

Bring your reading log to the library weekly to earn a

DQ card.  Only 1 DQ card per child per week. 

For each reward we give out, the participant will add a sticker to her/his reward card.

New Playaway Collection

The Greenville Public Library is pleased to announce a new in-house collection for young readers. Thanks to an Illinois State Library Grant, we were able to purchase Playaways. The Grant was awarded to the Greenville Public Library in the amount of $2750. We were able to buy a total of 55 Playaways for juveniles and teens to enjoy. Playaway is the pre-loaded audiobook that gives patrons the portability and freedom to listen to audiobooks anytime, anywhere. Playaway's universal audio jack is compatible with headphones and auxiliary cords. If earbuds are needed, a pair may be purchased at the library for 50 cents. Click here to see a list of the Playaways that are in our collection. If we don't have the title you are looking for, it may be available through interlibrary loan.

The Library purchased several adult Playaways in 2022. With advancements in technology, CD players are not as common. New cars and new laptops are examples of items that may no longer have CD players. Playaways can be used with earbuds and/or plugged into sound sources (using an auxiliary cable).


Escape the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do in Greenville? The Library is offering two "Escape Room" activities--a Harry Potter theme and a pirate theme. The programs are appropriate for groups of 6 to 10 participants (junior high age to adults). Your group will work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and open locks in order to "escape." All that is required is that you call the Director, Jo Keillor, at the Library to schedule a time for your group and let her know which theme your group prefers. There is a $25 charge per group. (We only accept cash or check payments.) We hope you schedule an appointment and enjoy your time at the library. (posted Dec. 2018)

Attention Patrons

Starting in November 2021, everyone will need to provide a driver's license and a second proof of identity/residency to renew existing accounts. We will require all the primary account holders to show all required information. We will be ascertaining whether the address provided is in the library's service area, even if the cardholder has been a Greenville cardholder for several years. We ask that Nonresident patrons who own property in town, bring tax information for the owned property. We hope to have current, up-to-date information for all of our accounts. If there are any account charges at the time of renewal, regardless of amount, they will need to be paid in full. Thank you for assisting us in this endeavor. (updated Nov. 2021)

New at the Library: Hotspots

We are pleased to announce that the Greenville Public Library now has five hotspots available for check out. Thanks to a generous donor, you can take WiFi with you. Greenville Library patrons may check one out or add their names to a waiting list if none are available. There are a few guidelines associated with our new hotspots:

  • Available only for Greenville cardholders with a working phone number. (age 18 and older).
  • Households may check out one hotspot per month. (30 days)
  • One week check out period.
  • $5.00 per day overdue.
  • After at least 3 days of being overdue, the patron will be notified by phone that: 1. the hotspot was deactivated. 2. fines have accrued. 3. the hotspot has been declared lost. 4. he/she has one week to return it to avoid a $200 replacement charge.
  • DO NOT return in the drop box. 
  • Patrons who are habitually late may lose hotspot privileges.
  • If you are notified that one is available, the device must be picked up within two days. On the third day, the next person on the list will be notified. (updated Mar. 2023)