Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

Knowledge is of two kinds.  We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

Samuel Johnson

Exhibits & Displays

Main Entrance: Route 6 or 3rd Street
Marquette Entrance or Historical Entrance: Marquette Street


The End of Empires: The Last Imperial War 
Main Entrance and Marquette Entrance

This year marks the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I.  Stop by to view detailed models of World War I aircraft and ships, personally crafted and authentically detailed by Historian, Victor Croasdale.  Also on loan are models from Lou Scheri of Oglesby.  An authentic period American military uniform, worn by Private Cecil E. Erickson, and personal belongings, on loan from his daughter, Marilyn Dunker of Spring Valley, are on display.  


Summer Garden and Friends
Children's Room

Enjoy a burst of color with this display! Youth garden non-fiction and fiction, environmental, and spring animals like bunnies, chicks, birds and caterpillars are on display and are available for checkout.   When you look at this display...see if you can spot 15 plastic eggs, 5 bunnies, 2 ladybugs, a bumblebee and a bird. Look closely! 

Magic Tree House: 25 Years Later
Children's Room

This year marks the 25th year of the popular children's series, Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne.  Stop in and check them out!  A book list of each series is available to take.

Walk a While In Their Shoes
Biography Room/Adult Services

This display encourages readership and viewership on an often overlooked collection...biographies.  The Library collection of biographies is diverse including books on Richard James, the inventor of the Slinky (by accident!), Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer (in 1840s!), and Helen Martini, founder of the Bronx Zoo in 1944.  Although this display is located in Adult Services, patrons/visitors are welcome to browse the Young Adult biographies (located in Teen) and the Juvenile biographies (located on the lower level). 

Don't Judge a Book by its Movie!
DVD Area/Adult Services

What do the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Gone with the Wind, Lord of the Rings and The Help have in common?  They have all been made into movies!  This display aims to promote the many, many books that have gone to Hollywood. Check it out today! 

Experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America
Main Entrance Hallway

View the path of the Eclipse across America, and specifically, Illinois.  Read about Solar Safety! Mark your calendar for August 21st...when the Sun and Moon align with you!