SPECIAL BOOKS AND MEDIA SALE with Dickens on the Square, Saturday Dec. 4.

Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. we will feature our annual History/Non Fiction Books and Media Sale at the Library Annex, 109 E. Jefferson St. in Macomb. This year we will be offering a special media collection from WIUM radio personality, JEFF HOLTZ, featuring a large number of books-on-tape and CDs. Because this collection is a donation from Jeff, we are offering these items on a “free will donation” purchase rather than pricing them. We welcome everyone and will require masking inside the Annex.

Results: Saturday, Sept. 11 BETTER BOOK SALE

It was a beautiful day in Chandler Park with the Gazebo Art Festival. Thanks to many volunteers and the Rotary Club, our sale was not only well set up, we took in just over $3, 240 in sales!!! This is amazing considering most of our prices were $2 and $1! We brought in more than our last Chandler Park sale in 2019.

To give you an idea of what happens to the money we earn through out the year, this last year we paid for the new, high-quality metal book and media drop outside of the library and we are paying for all the expenses involved in the children and youth summer reading programs. We also have on-going contributions which supplement our media collection and pay for extra copies of highly popular books.



Book lovers of all ages turned out to enjoy the huge selection of good conditioned books and media with just a short interruption of rain . THANK YOU public and membership for purchasing over $6,200 of books and media! This money will be reinvested in the library. Also, THANK YOU to volunteers who made this sale a success, but especially to the “take down” crew who put everything back in the Annex and shed in 31 minutes!!!

Books Distributed to Social Services by FOL in 2021

Pictured below is Becky Parker, Book Sales Co-chair with Scott Gregory, Librarian for the Western Illinois Correctional Center. (July 2021) The Correctional Center was just one of a number of social service agencies that received books not sold during the 2021 Heritage Days Book Sales. In August a few hundred books were given to the Rushville Treatment and Detention Facility. As part of the on-gong culling process, Becky and Elisa Rasmussen, have selected books to donate to nursing home, WIRC, McDonough County jail, and other social service agencies.

Thanks to continued donation of books, CDs, and DVDs, a larger stock of new material will be available for our next book sale. Donations of good conditioned, timely books and media are always welcomed. Call the library if you would like to drop them off at the library or if you would like books to be picked up.

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The Friends of the Library purchased a microfilm/reader/scanner/printer which will make historical and genealogy research much faster.  Scan Pro 3000 is a computer based digital scanner that can utilize 35 microfilm and microfiche to convert to a digital format that can be manipulated to print on a single sheet of paper.  Local Researcher Allen Nemec (pictured above) states “The Scan Pro 3000 is terrific!  I was able to save historical documents to my USB drive with ease.  The new machine allows you to rotate, enhance, and crop images with just a few clicks!   It is truly state of the art and the only one to my knowledge in the county.  Thank you for updating to this high tech equipment.”

Friends Purchase State of the Art Research Tool.

Check out the latest newsletter!

The Winter 2019 Bookmark Newsletter is edited by Karen Proulx. As usual, this December newsletter offers a list of books suggested by our friends at New Copperfield’s Book Service that would be perfect for holiday gift giving. Get the results of the Non-Fiction and Media Sale and the details about the upcoming Mystery/Fiction Book Sale. Meet library employee Rachel Bosworth, get a preview of our 2020 Annual Meeting speaker, see what’s happening this winter in the library for both children and adults, read all about different types of book clubs as well as our own long-standing book clubs, and more. Click on Winter 2019.