Summer reading program coming soon

“The castle grounds were gleaming in the sunlight as though freshly painted; the cloudless sky smiled at itself in the smoothly sparkling lake, the satin-green lawns rippled occasionally in a gentle breeze:  June had arrived.”                                                                                               

  1. K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


So it really is summer. Best wishes for some happy and restful times to go along with all of the work and obligations of a busy summer.

We will begin registering children for Reading Colors Your World, the 2021 Summer Reading Program, on June 14. Though advance registration is not a requirement, it helps us to prepare activities and crafts. There is no charge for this program and you do not have to have a library card. The group will meet on Tuesdays in July from 10 -11:30 a.m. in the library. Each day will include crafts and activities as well as story time and the opportunity to find and check out books to take home and read. We hope to be outside as much as the weather will allow. One special feature this year is our collection of Caldecott and Newbery books. We were fortunate to receive a grant from the Illinois State Library allowing us to purchase books to complete each of our sets of these award-winning books. We hope that the children who participate in Reading Colors Your World will enjoy reading and sharing these books as much as we do.

New adult books:

“The Woman with the Blue Star,” by Pam Jenoff

“7 Perfect Things,” by Catherine Ryan Hyde

“Hidden,” by Fern Michaels

“Photographer,” by Mary Dixie Carter

“A Rancher’s Kiss,” by Diana Palmer

“Spring at Saddle Run,” by Delores Fossen

Library hours are 1-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. We are following the current guidelines of the CDC. If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, you will not need to wear a mask when visiting the library. 

There is an abundance of great summer reading selections on display in the foyer of the Mills & Petrie Building. Many people stock up on these books for vacation reading because you can take them on a plane, to the beach, on a boat or wherever. If you forget the book, lose the book, drop the book in the water—no problem, no apologies, nor fees needed. Please come and take a look any time that the library or the building is open.

See you soon at the library.

Linda Dallam, 815-453-2213

Mills & Petrie Memorial Library

[email protected]



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