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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.


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

Sunday: Closed

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.

Children's Coloring Contest

In celebration of the solar eclipse, the Greenville Public Library will have a special coloring contest. There will be two age groups: 7-10 and 11-14. Make sure you choose the correct sheet for your age. The contest will begin Friday, March 22nd, so pick up/download your color sheet starting that day. Return your entry no later than Saturday, April 6th. The members on our Library Board will vote for the two winners on Monday, April 8th. Both winners will win a prize.

Congrats to our two winners, Archer W. and Clara M. They both won a moon lamp.


The Library and the Friends of the Greenville Public Library are sponsoring the Illinois Solar Eclipse Experience (I.S.E.E.) with a weekend of family-friendly fun activities. Be sure to grab a pair of complimentary eclipse classes at all of our events.

Saturday, April 6 

I.S.E.E. Craft & Vendor Market 9am - 2pm on the Square

Story Time at the Library 10:30am

Eclipse Trivia Night 6:30 pm at the Milk House with Dirty Dan's Meats & More food truck set up outside before. Come for dinner; stay for the trivia. 😉

Sunday, April 7

"I.S.E.E. - Eclipses From An Astronomer's Perspective" Presentation by Mubdi Rahman, PhD, astronomer from Toronto, Canada 2:30 pm (Bradford Room)

Viewing of the Night Sky at GU's Ayers Field Station 8pm - 10 pm

Monday, April 8

The Greenville Public Library is partnering with Centralia Regional Library District (Centralia is in the path of totality.) Transportation may be set up through BCT. The eclipse will begin in our area around 12:45pm.

The Friends of the Greenville Public Library is selling t-shirts. They will be available for purchase at the events. Shirts are still available for purchase at a discounted price ($15).

National Poetry Month

The Greenville Public Library is celebrating by hosting a poetry contest for children. There will three age groups: 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and high school students. Return your original poem and Permission to Publish Form to the library no later than Saturday, April 27th.

Click here to see the flyer with more information and guidelines.

Click here for the Permission to Publish Form.

National Library Week

National Library Week, from April 7 to 13, allows us to promote our local libraries and their workers. From Harry Potter and Matilda, to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, we’re sure at some point you’ve dashed to the library to borrow your favorite book. This National Library Week, let’s look back on our love for the smell inside an old book, and wholeheartedly thank our local public libraries. Celebrate with us! Click here to see the flyer for the week's goings on.

Click here for a link for more information about National Library Week.

Congratulations to our water bottle winners: Cindy Sayler, Clare C., Harrison K., and Marlena K.

National Rubber Eraser Day

National Rubber Eraser Day is celebrated each year on April 15. Giving us a blank canvas and a do-over, this incredible article of stationery is nothing short of revolutionary. Compact and easy to use, rubber erasers deserve an entire day of celebration. Check out material on Monday, April 15th and choose an eraser from the basket. 

The Factory Theater Coloring Contest

The Factory Theater at Greenville University is sponsoring a coloring contest for their Spring play, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Color sheets can be picked up at the library or downloaded below. Make sure you choose the correct sheet for your child's age. There will be two age groups: 6-8 and 9-11. Please return your entries to the library no later than Thursday, April 25th. The two winners will win a free ticket to see the play (with half off one adult ticket) and a $5 concessions gift certificate. The ticket will be good for any show the weekend of the 26th, 27th, and 28th. An adult must accompany the child to the show.

Click here to download the sheet for 6 - 8 year olds.

Click here to download the sheet for 9 - 11 year olds. 

National Animal Cracker Day

Who among us can resist the temptation to indulge in a handful of the iconic treats of our childhood as we celebrate National Animal Cracker Day on April 18? Animal crackers are arguably one of the best-recognized food products on the planet today. Who knew that the little menagerie of zoo and circus creatures that delighted us as children would later become one of our fondest childhood memories and a simple guilty pleasure for us as adults? Check out material on Thursday, April 18th and receive a bag of animal crackers, while supplies last.

Illinois Libraries Present

Kal Penn is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He is known for his starring roles in Designated Survivor, House, Mira Nair’s The Namesake, the Harold & Kumar franchise, and the Christmas comedy The Santa Clauses for Disney+. His first book You Can’t Be Serious was released on November 2, 2021 from Simon and Schuster/Gallery Books. He also narrates the audiobook.
Kal Penn will be joined in conversation with Bridget Petrites, Evanston Public Library.

Greenville Public Library is a proud member of Illinois Libraries Present. Illinois Libraries Present offers access to incredible virtual programming to participating libraries. One of the organization’s main goals is to provide high-quality, high-profile events that highlight national names and social justice/DEI issues, that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for single libraries to hold on their own. Click here to register.

Anderson-Davidson StoryWalk®

We are excited to have the Anderson-Davidson Memorial StoryWalk® ready for families to use. The Anderson-Davidson Memorial StoryWalk® was made possible by the generous
donations made in memory of Joanne Anderson and William “Bill” Davidson – both long-term members of the Greenville Public Library Board of Trustees. Installation was done by a local outdoor service company. The story will change monthly due to a generous contribution by the Friends of the Greenville Public Library and help from KRP.

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)

Did you know we have 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.
  • Failure to return the device is considered a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • 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)