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March 2018

World of Reading: Book Fest

March 24, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Celebrate a “World of Reading” on Saturday, March 24! Drop in any time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to participate in a wide variety of events focused on books. Costumes are encouraged—dress up like your favorite book character and join the fun! Main Lobby: Book Dominoes will start the day! They will be tipped over at 10:15 a.m. Afterwards, a few books will be available in front of the fireplace in the living room area so people can try…

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April 2018

Closed for Easter

April 1, 2018

The library will be closed in observance of the Easter holiday. Be safe and warm!

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NIU Steelband Concert

April 14, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for the 3rd annual NIU Steelband Concert directed by Liam Teague and Clifford Alexis. Created in 1973 by G. Allan O'Connor, it was the first active steel band formed in an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world.  NIU is one of the few institutions in the world at which students may pursue music degrees (undergraduate and graduate) with the steelpan as the major instrument of choice. Over the years, the NIU…

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Can YOU Find That Poster?

April 28, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Calling all movie maniacs, film fanatics and cinema-centrics! Visit your library today for something REELy exciting! View an exciting array of full size popular culture movie posters. Furthermore, test your skill of observation in a short, but FUN "scavenger hunt" style activity where you will match several descriptions to movie posters displayed for a chance to WIN a $35.00 AMC Theaters gift card! Eight ADDITIONAL winners will each receive a set of three "2 for 1" admission passes to the historic, vintage Sycamore…

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May 2018

Closed: Memorial Day

May 28, 2018

The library will be closed all day in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday.

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June 2018

Summer Reading Begins!

June 4, 2018

ALL AGES can register for summer reading beginning on June 4, and continuing throughout the summer. This year's theme is "Reading Takes You Everywhere", and we are beginning summer reading with a tradition well-known to DeKalb youth: balloons from Resource Bank! Children may visit the DeKalb Public Library Monday, June 4, between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm for a free balloon. During that time, all ages may register for summer reading in the library's main lobby. Later in the day,…

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July 2018

Closed for Independence Day

July 4, 2018

The library will be closed all day in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Volunteen Hours

July 9, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00 PM on Monday, repeating until July 23, 2018

Parents need you to get out of the house? The library needs volunteers! Most teens need service hours to graduate. Sign up to be a Volunteen. You help out the library you know and love! What do Volunteens do? You will learn how to clean books and edge books, help get ready for programs, pick books for displays, assist during large programs. You can work in groups with your friends, this is not a silent activity, though library rules apply.…

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Historical Downtown Walking Tour

July 14, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join local historian Steve Bigolin for a free historical walking tour of downtown DeKalb. Steve will discuss the history of the businesses and the architecture of the buildings that are and were located on Lincoln Highway between 1st and 4th Streets. Learn what historic structures have been or will be replaced by the Cornerstone DeKalb and Plaza DeKalb buildings. Learn why there is a green and yellow wrought iron gate by the old Daily Chronicle building, stop by Isaac Ellwood’s…

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Homeschool Palooza: Vendor Fair

July 30, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Are you a homeschooler or perhaps someone looking for more information on homeschooling? Or are you a parent looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon? Then check out the DeKalb Homeschoolpalooza! This homeschool fair will include a full roster of events, including workshops on starting homeschooling and homeschooling high school, several activities run by local businesses, FREE mini guitar lessons by Axe in Hand, an open Q&A/demonstration on 3D design in the Nancy D. Castle Collaboration Studio, a used curricula sale/swap, and much more!…

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August 2018

Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party

August 4, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with a party!  Culver's of Sycamore will provide FREE custard (while supplies last), and all ages can enjoy live music provided by the House Cafe and participate in a variety of activities including games, balloon twisting, and face painting. Pizza will be provided by Papa John's of DeKalb.  Summer reading raffle prize winners will also be announced at this event. No registration is required to attend this entirely FREE event! This event is sponsored…

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The Roots of Folk Concert

August 11, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Barry Cloyd is a touring singer, songwriting, multi-instrumentalist, and historian. Join us for this one-of-a-kind educational and historical presentation with guitar and banjo music! Barry will play Multi-Instrumental/Americana/Roots music that includes Blues, Folk, Celtic & Originals in this after-hours concert in the library’s main lobby. This FREE event is family friendly and requires no registration. Refreshments will be served! For additional information, please contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

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Authors Fair

August 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Learn about the recent publications of area authors from the writers themselves. The library’s main lobby will be filled with local authors showcasing their works and answering questions throughout the day. Eight authors will provide a brief presentation in the Yusunas Meeting Room during the event. Listen to excerpts from their books, ask questions, and interact with each author. Copies of the books will be available to purchase. This event is free to attend and open to all. Drop by…

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September 2018

Closed

September 3, 2018

The library will be closed all day in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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8 Countries in 1 Day

September 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hold onto your hats, DeKalb! Patrons are invited to a whirlwind adventure around the world as we portray the customs of eight different countries throughout the library. Join us for bilingual story times in Mexico! Witness Tinikling traditional dance in The Philippines. Experience the British invasion of the Beatles and watch Monte Python and Fawlty Towers. Sample cocktail samosas and Pani Puri in India. And much, much more! Other countries featured include Guatemala, Germany, and Brazil. Each country will have…

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October 2018

DeKalb Downtown Walking Tour: Part 2

October 6, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join local historian Steve Bigolin for a new downtown walking tour. This tour will cover Lincoln Highway from Fourth through Seventh Streets. Find out where “Rat Row” was located, what the DeKalb train station has in common with Navy Pier in Chicago, and many other interesting facts and stories from the past. Reservations are required and space is limited to 12 participants. You do not need to have attended part 1 of this walking tour in July to enjoy part…

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Pop-Con: Frankenstein and More

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Are you a TV addict? Movie aficionado? Comic book collector? Join us for DeKalb Public Library’s second annual Pop-Con: a celebration of pop culture! In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we’re celebrating all things gothic and creepy.  We’ll have sessions for children, teens, and adults. Go through our top secret escape room in library basement, learn how to do creepy makeup for Halloween, meet animals from Tails and find your familiar, and make ghost pops and…

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Illinois State Treasury Booth – CANCELLED

October 23, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This program has been cancelled.

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November 2018

Closed

November 5, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The library will be closed from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. for staff development. We will open at 11:00 a.m.!

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Illinois State Treasury Booth on I-Cash and Get Covered Illinois

November 15, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program helps tens of thousands of people each year discover and claim old bank accounts, uncashed paychecks, unpaid insurance benefits, and other unclaimed property. Bonnie Jefferson will host a booth in the library’s main lobby to assist patrons in this field. She will be able to check the system for unclaimed property and, in the case that there is some, she can assist patrons with the paperwork required to claim the property. I-Cash is an official…

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Closed

November 21, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The library will close at 3:00 p.m. today for Thanksgiving Eve. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Closed

November 22, 2018

The library will be closed all day in observance of Thanksgiving. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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December 2018

Carol of the (Berim) Baus

December 8, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The library will host Arcomusical in an after-hours concert open to the public. The ensemble will play holiday music as well as original compositions for the audience in the library’s main lobby. Holiday snacks and refreshments will be provided. MeiaMeia (Portuguese for “half” “half” i.e. “half a dozen” of one, “half a dozen” of the other) is a twelve work chamber music cycle for an instrument called the Arcomusical, an elegant species of tunable berimbau handcrafted in the United States.…

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Wild Blue Ukulele Orchestra

December 10, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us in the main lobby for a variety of instrumental holiday music from “Tchaikovsky’s March” from the “Nutcracker Suite” to “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, with lots of surprises in between. The Wild Blue Ukulele Orchestra is comprised of seven musicians, both amateur and professional, all ukulele enthusiasts. The ensemble features ukuleles of different registers and performs a variety of musical genres, many unexpected on the ukulele. The Wild Blue’s seek to share their joy of the ukulele through fun and engaging performances, and enjoy challenging people’s expectations about repertoire appropriate for the ukulele. Drop…

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Closed for Christmas Holiday

December 24, 2018

The library will be closed for Christmas Eve. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Closed for Christmas Holiday

December 25, 2018

The library will be closed for Christmas. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Closed for New Year’s

December 31, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The library will close at 3:00 p.m. for New Year's Eve. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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January 2019

Closed for New Year’s

January 1, 2019

The library will be closed for New Year's Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Closed

January 28, 2019

The library will be closed all day due to inclement weather. Please stay warm and drive carefully.

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March 2019

Eight Worlds in One Day

March 30, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Grab a passport and travel to one of our 8 Worlds of Reading! Ask for a sticker at each world you visit—when you have collected 5 stickers, you’ll be able to enter a raffle in the main lobby for a chance to become a lucky winner! You do not need to be present to win. One prize per family. Hear Suzuki violin students play music from the children’s balcony overlooking the main lobby from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Discover the…

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May 2019

Library Closed

May 27, 2019

The library will be closed all day in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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June 2019

Can YOU Find That Poster? All-Ages Matching Contest

June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Calling all movie maniacs, film fanatics and cinema-centrics! Visit your library today for something REELy exciting! View an exciting array of full size popular culture movie posters. Furthermore, test your skill of observation in a short, but FUN "scavenger hunt" style activity where you will match several descriptions to movie posters displayed for a chance to WIN a prize! There will be a Children/Family, Teen, and Adult version of this activity. This program is FREE and open to all, no…

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July 2019

Closed

July 4, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The library will be closed all day in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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August 2019

Homeschool Palooza

August 5, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Are you a homeschooler or perhaps someone looking for more information on homeschooling? Or are you a parent looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon? Then check out the DeKalb Homeschoolpalooza! This homeschool fair boasts a full roster of events, including an intro to homeschooling workshop, several activities run by local businesses, free hearing tests by NIU Speech and Hearing Clinic, free mini guitar lessons by Axe in Hand, mural painting, a Mario Kart tournament sponsored by The Gaming Goat, a trivia game sponsored…

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Author Fair

August 10, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Learn about the recent publications of area authors from the writers themselves. The library’s main lobby will be filled with local authors showcasing their works and answering questions throughout the day. Eight authors will provide a brief presentation in the Yusunas Meeting Room during the event. Listen to excerpts from their books, ask questions, and interact with each author. Copies of the books will be available to purchase. This event is free to attend and open to all. Drop by…

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September 2019

Closed for Labor Day

September 2, 2019

The library will be closed all day in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Eight Countries in One Day

September 7, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Are you ready for another stamp in your passport? Then join us for our fourth annual “8 Countries in 1 Day” event at the DeKalb Public Library! We’ll provide the passports AND the luggage! Stroll through Canada and Norway to make your own miniature hockey sticks and enjoy a curling match. Rock to the rhythm of Harambee drums in Zimbabwe. Experience the grace of Thai dancing. Be amazed by the incredible TaeKwonDo performance of South Korea. And much, much more!…

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Library Closed

September 20, 2019

The library will be closed all day for staff training.

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October 2019

Autumn and the Moon Concert

October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Falling leaves, and beaming moonlight! Vocalist Layni Katz and pianist Deane Myers perform songs for the fall season.  Music to warm up your autumn evening. Deane and Layni are both graduates of DePaul University and have performed in the Chicago area for over 30 years. The library is excited to present this free after-hours program! Fatty’s Pub and Grill will be providing a cash bar with autumn cocktails and Blue Moons. You must be 21 or older to purchase alcoholic beverages.…

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Pop-Con: Outer Space

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Are you a TV addict? Movie aficionado? Comic book collector? Join us for DeKalb Public Library’s third annual Pop-Con: a celebration of pop culture! From 10:00 AM until 2:00 p.m. we’ll have sessions with activities, crafts, and presentations for all ages. This year we’re celebrating space and science fiction with Star Wars, Men in Black, Wall-E, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cowboy Bebop, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and much more. At 1:00 p.m., meet the real STARS of the show as…

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November 2019

Mighty Makers – CANCELLED

November 11, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tonight's program has been cancelled. Instead, we will meet on Monday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m.

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Mighty Makers: Study the Stars

November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Come study the stars with us!  Chris Marshall, NIU’s Observatory Manager, will join us this month with his two telescopes for some special outdoor stargazing.  Weather permitting, we’ll be taking a closer look at the moon, Saturn, and hopefully the Pleiades star cluster. If we do have to reschedule due to weather, we’ll try to meet the following Monday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. This program is part of Mighty Makers, our making club for K-5th grade students.  We meet…

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Closed for Thanksgiving

November 27, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The library will close at 3:00 p.m. today in observance of Thanksgiving. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Closed for Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019

The library will be closed all day in observance of Thanksgiving. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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December 2019

Carol of the (Berim) Baus – CANCELLED

December 7, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Tonight's concert has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the new year.

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Closed for Christmas

December 24, 2019
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One event on December 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The library will be closed all day in observance of Christmas. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Closed for Christmas

December 25, 2019
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One event on December 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The library will be closed all day in observance of Christmas. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Closed for New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The library will close at 3:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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January 2020

Closed for New Year’s Day

Wednesday January 1

The library will be closed all day in observance of New Year's Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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March 2020

World of Reading – CANCELLED

Saturday March 28 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This event has been cancelled.

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April 2020

Census Day Celebration – CANCELLED

Wednesday April 1 @ 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

This event has been cancelled.

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May 2020

Summer Concert with Arcomusical – CANCELLED

Saturday May 23 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule for a date in the fall.

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June 2020

Professional Headshots – CANCELLED

Saturday June 20 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This program has been cancelled.

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July 2020

Closed for Independence Day

Saturday July 4

The Library will be closed all day on Saturday, July 4th in recognition of Independence Day. Have a safe and healthy holiday!

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September 2020

Library Closed

Monday September 7

The library will be closed all day in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Chalk the Walk – Library Style!

Thursday September 24 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Show off your art skills and your love of reading by participating in our upcoming Chalk the Walk, Library Style event.  We will be allowing patrons to draw their favorite book character, book cover, or scene from a book on the sidewalk in front of the library.  Each artist (or group from one family) will get one square of sidewalk, a safe social distance from other artists, to use as their canvas.  The library will provide one 4-pack of chalk…

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Chalk the Walk – Library Style!

Friday September 25 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Show off your art skills and your love of reading by participating in our upcoming Chalk the Walk, Library Style event.  We will be allowing patrons to draw their favorite book character, book cover, or scene from a book on the sidewalk in front of the library.  Each artist (or group from one family) will get one square of sidewalk, a safe social distance from other artists, to use as their canvas.  The library will provide one 4-pack of chalk…

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Chalk the Walk – Library Style!

Saturday September 26 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Show off your art skills and your love of reading by participating in our upcoming Chalk the Walk, Library Style event.  We will be allowing patrons to draw their favorite book character, book cover, or scene from a book on the sidewalk in front of the library.  Each artist (or group from one family) will get one square of sidewalk, a safe social distance from other artists, to use as their canvas.  The library will provide one 4-pack of chalk…

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October 2020

Professional Family Photos

Saturday October 3 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to gather the family and take a photo that will last a lifetime. The library is offering free 15-minute time slots with a professional photographer for patrons to get 3-5 quality family photos taken. Photographer Jesus Galindo will take a variety of photos, both in the library’s main lobby and in the library’s courtyard, and email them to you a few days after the program. You can download and use them in…

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November 2020

Closed for Election Day

Tuesday November 3

The library will be closed all day for the Election. Be safe and remember to vote!

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Closed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday November 25 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The library will close at 3:00 p.m. in observance of Thanksgiving. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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Closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday November 26

The library will be closed all day in observance of Thanksgiving. Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

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