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Libraries: Attractions for our Area

We are fortunate to have so many libraries in the Prairie Central district!  Fairbury, Forrest, Chatsworth and Chenoa all have nice libraries.  Not only do the libraries provide a great resource for our local children and adults, but they are also a huge resource for tourists and families who are interested in genealogy and genealogical research.  Some tourists travel from one library to another searching for and absorbing information.  These folks are nice people to have come to town.  Often, they have roots here, and they quietly peruse the resources our libraries have, and then dine and shop as well.

Our libraries are great at providing exhibits and programs for children and local folks.   Many of our libraries participated in the Summer Reading program, Read for the Win.  This reading program is an invaluable service to help our children continue reading during their summer break.  Besides the summer reading, some of the recent programs include:

Fairbury – The Friends of the Library sponsor fall and spring book sales.  These sales are a great way for our local people to stock up on great reading.  Periodically, the library hosts smart phone and iPhone training and safety classes.  Presentations by local authors and historians are also held at the library.  A recent project underway by the library is putting their archive of the Fairbury Blade online in searchable format.  Watch their website for more information and for future events!  www.dominymemoriallibrary.org

Forrest – Hosts Pre-School Storytime every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 10:15 A.M.  Seniors Citizens enjoy card games on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, starting at noon.  Every Tuesday evening, the library hosts a “Tech Tuesday” and has an I.T. expert available to consult/troubleshoot your technology woes (Appointments available for other days of the week).  They have new activities pending!  www.forrestlibrary.org

Chatsworth – This new library, the Baltz Library of Chatsworth Township, is an attraction for everyone – locals and tourists alike!  Besides hosting a great Summer Reading program, the library continually offers activities for children.   Also, the library is an integral part in local fundraisers.  They are building a Family Cookbook which will become a family treasure of Chatsworth’s Sesquicentennial Celebration of 2017.  Anyone can add a recipe to the book. Books can be ordered for $16. Submission forms can be found on their website:   www.chatsworthtwplibrary.org

Chenoa – Hosts a Constitution Club.  You don’t have to join permanently.  They have no dues, and no minutes.  Join in for lots of friendly discussion.  The purpose is to learn and understand the Constitution.  Members represent both political parties and respect all opinions.  In September, Dr. Bradley presented a program.  He is a Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University in Politics and Government.  In August, the Constitution Club hosted Rep. Dan Brady.  Also, a brand-new pre-school reading time has started each Saturday at 10am.  For more information, go to their website:  www.chenoalibrary.org

“What would we do without our local libraries?!  As we head into winter time, our libraries offer a nice warm place to go and relax and enjoy a world of information.  Please support your local library.  These are resources we must treasure!” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group.

Call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.