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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.

Phase 5 Procedures at the Library

The Greenville Library Board, with recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Bond County Health Department, is taking all possible steps to open safely and responsibly. The Greenville Library Board of Trustees met on Thursday, June 10th and passed the proposed next steps in the library's COVID-19 mitigations beginning Friday, June 11th, 2021 until the Board deems otherwise. Library staff will wipe down high-touch surfaces throughout the day. Please be aware that there are still procedures in place:

Masks are required 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.

Due to social distancing, there are two public access computers available. 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.

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

Curbside appointments are available for patrons who are unable to wear masks.

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

Infant/Toddler Story Time

The Greenville Public Library will once again host story time for toddlers. Our theme this fall is "Colors." We will meet on the Library lawn every Wednesday from September 8th to October 13th. Don't forget to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. In case of bad weather, call 664-3115 or check the library website or our Facebook page for cancellations.

Wednesday, September 8th - BLUE

Wednesday, September 15th - RED

Wednesday, September 22nd - YELLOW

Wednesday, September 29th - GREEN

Wednesday, October 6th - PURPLE

Wednesday, October 13th - ORANGE

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day takes place on September 8 every year to raise awareness and concern for literacy problems that exist within our own local communities as well as globally. International Literacy Day was founded by by proclamation of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, in 1966 "to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights." Check out material on Wednesday, September 8th and enter your name into a drawing to win a bundle of children's books and a book-themed t-shirt.

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

National Chocolate Milkshake Day on September 12th brings chocolate and ice cream lovers together. Simple, sweet, and delectable, chocolate milkshakes aren't just one of the best treats of all time, they're also a reminder of our innocence and a symbol of America's past-time. Check out material on Monday, September 13th for a chance to win one of ten coupons for a chocolate milkshake from Kahuna's. Thank you to Kahuna's for, once again, sponsoring the holiday.

World Play-Doh Day

Play-Doh is a very popular child play toy. It has entertained millions of children, allowing them to express their creativity, both at home and in the classroom. "National Play-Doh Day" was created by Hasbro in 2006. In 2015, Hasbro changed the title to "World Play-Doh Day," since it is enjoyed around the world. Check out material on Thursday, September 16th, and choose a small container of Play-Doh until supplies last.

National Johnny Appleseed Day

On National Johnny Appleseed Day, we honor the man who made apple (and pear) trees grow heavy with the bounty of their fruit across most of this country. On September 26th, we commemorate the day of his birth and celebrate his legendary wit, wisdom, and enduring story. Check out material on Monday, September 27th and leave with a nice, juicy apple.

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.


Escape the Library

Are you looking for something fun to do in Greenville? The Library is offering three "Escape Room" activities--a general theme, 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)

The Greenville Library Board members voted to allow Escape Room events to resume starting on Friday, June 11th, as part of the state's Restore Illinois Phase 5 plan. Participants are required to follow the library's Phase 5 policies.

Attention Patrons

Starting in January 2019, 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. Thank you for assisting us in this endeavor. (posted Dec. 2018)

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)