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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.

Current Procedures at the Library

Masks are strongly encouraged at all times when in the building and at library events. We ask that you use hand sanitizer.

Maintain social distancing while in the library.

Materials that are returned in the building will be checked in immediately, wiped down and allowed to dry, then put away.

Return to 40 item limit per household.

Computer use is first-come, first-served. Reservations can be made by calling the library and scheduling a time. Library staff will wipe down computer stations after every use.

Masks may be required for 1-on-1 assistance and/or if patron is coughing/sneezing.

Curbside appointments are available for patrons who would like to continue the service.

Tables and chairs are available with social distancing the responsibility of the group.

The restroom is open to the public. Library staff will be responsible to wipe down touchpoints throughout the day.

Escape Room events are allowed to resume following the above guidelines.

Library Hours as of March 29th, 2021

Monday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm, 5 pm to 6:50 pm

Thursday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm, 5 pm to 6:50 pm

Friday: 10 am to 11:50 am, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 11:50 am

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. Sign up for 1,000 BBK begins June 1, 2022. This program runs year-round. A child may only participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten once.

Toddler Story Time

During the school year, join Ms. Jo for Toddler/Preschool Story Time. We meet Wednesdays at 10:30 am at the library in the round room downstairs. Children will sing songs, listen to music and stories, and take a craft to make at home. Click here to see the schedule

National Slow Cooking Month

National Slow Cooking Month in January encourages us to make delicious meals and maximize our time by using our slow cookers. Also known by the brand name, Crock-Pot, slow cookers come in a variety of sizes and styles. During the month of January, readers are encouraged to fill out Reader's Slips for every book they read. The last day to fill out a slip in Tuesday, January 31st. The library will be giving away two 2-quart Crockpots. Good luck!

National Houseplant Appreciation Day

By mid-January, most of our various holiday decorations and Christmas trees have made their way out of our homes. National Houseplant Appreciation Day is on January 10 every year, and it reminds us that we don’t have to lose the freshness and vibrancy that plants bring to our homes just because the holidays have drawn to a close. If you have the post-holiday blues, this is the perfect chance for you to brighten up your house with a lovely plant that you can enjoy all year long. Check out material on Tuesday, January 10th and enter your name into a drawing for a houseplant from Evergreen Plant Co. Thanks to Evergreen Plant Co. for donating a plant. 

Congrats to our winner, Pat Kious!

National Rubber Ducky Day

“Rubber ducky, you’re the one. You make bath time lots of fun. Rubber ducky I’m awfully fond of you!” sang Sesame Street’s Ernie during bath time. The friendly puppet isn’t the only fan of the bath accessory— the country celebrates the toy on National Rubber Ducky Day on January 13. Check out material on Friday, January 13th and choose a rubber ducky for your very own. Hurry in, while supplies last.

National Popcorn Day

On January 19th, National Popcorn Day pops onto the scene with a crunch we all love to enjoy! The annual celebration recognizes a treat that satisfies munchies, day or night. Check out material on Thursday, January, 19th and receive a microwaveable package of popcorn.

Australia Day

Australia Day is a g’day, mate, to celebrate all things about the Land Down Under on January 26. We join the 26,000,000 Aussies in their festivities observing the anniversary of the country’s settlement in 1788. Australia is widely deemed as a great place to live and a top travel destination. The Director of the Library, Jo Keillor, has another reason to celebrate Australia Day. Her dad was Australian. In honor of Australia Day and Leonard Keillor, check out material on Thursday, January 26th and receive an Australian treat.

Click here to read more about the history of Australia Day.

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 (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 3 days of being overdue, the hotspot will be deactivated and a $200 charge will be billed to the patron.
  • DO NOT return in the drop box. If put in the drop box, there will be a $5.00 charge.
  • $200 replacement cost for lost or damaged devices.
  • 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. (posted Dec. 2019)