The Williamsville Public Library and Museum strives to enhance the lives of the people who live in or visit our community. We aim to promote lifelong learning; to collect, preserve and exhibit materials pertaining to the Village’s history; and to encourage a love of reading.
Come and visit us at our new location, our staff and volunteers will be happy to help you anytime at the service desk or over the phone.
WPLM is committed to being an integral part of the Village of Williamsville; providing an asset to our community and contributing to local historic preservation.
Special Programs & Events
December Games & Toys
Take a break from the holiday craziness. Drop by WPLM for a few minutes of down time whenever you have a chance. This month's drop in activities will be a variety of games and toys along with crafts. All the activities and crafts are available any time we're open: 10am-7pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-2pm on Saturdays.
Kits offer Something for Everyone
WPLM is so much more than just books! In addition to magazines, audiobooks, and DVD's, we now have kits for everyone from kids to adults. The kits for kids are great for traveling during the holiday season or beating boredom during the holiday break. Each kit has books and activities and can be checked out for up to two weeks. Check out a bag with one of these themes: Magnets, Holiday Fun, I Spy, and Holiday Card Making.
Teens and adults can have fun too. Check out the kits for coloring, dot-to-dot, and mosaic sticker art based on movies, travel, and young adult literature.
Museum Search & Find in December
If you haven't had time yet, stop by and check out the museum displays. Answer brief questions about the displays and be entered to win tickets to the "Junie B. Jones" and "Barefoot in the Park" shows at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. You can enter every time you come in during December. The prize drawing will be in January.
Open Late for High School Students
WPLM will once again be open late for finals. Local high school students are welcome to come by after school until 9:00pm on Tuesday, December 18, and Wednesday, December 19. Free printing of up to ten pages, as well as free snacks and drinks will be available.
Paws to Read
If you know a young reader who could benefit from practicing sight words or reading please contact Natalie Albers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 566-3520. You can schedule a one on one session with Murphy, a certified therapy dog. He is a small, gentle dog who enjoys listening to kids of all ages.
IN OTHER NEWS
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Patrons with a valid WPLM card can take up to 6 people to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum for FREE. Call 566-3520 to let us know when you plan to attend. Up to two families per month can use the passes. It's a free way to share a great, local resource with out of town friends and family. (Some passes are still available for December.)
Follow WPLM on Instagram to see examples of NEW books and DVD's. Let us know what you like to read or watch!
Drop in for next gathering at 12:30pm on Tuesday, December 11. Bring your sewing, knitting, or other creative project to work on while you chat, or be inspired by the work of others! The group usually meets on the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of the month but they may not meet at the end of the month in November and December.
Anyone is welcome to stop by for weekly Coffee Hour on Tuesday mornings at 10am. Follow WPLM on Facebook to learn about the choice for Book Club each month.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Click on "Children Programs" under the "Programming" tab to learn how your child can earn prizes and books as you read to them. (Yes, it counts if you read the same book multiple times!)
Illinois Bicentennial Reading List
Celebrate the 200th birthday of the State of Illinois by checking out books with an Illinois connection. Look for the special book display next to our shelf of new items! Learn more about some of the featured books by visiting the amazing resource assembled by Camp Point Public Library at their website.
CELEBRATE WILLIAMSVILLE HISTORY
New museum displays were revealed during the summer. They are changed each year so that new items can be highlighted. Come see the local history displays anytime we are open:
Monday-Thursday 10am- 7pm and Saturdays 10am- 2pm.
Inventory work is continuing!
WPLM has been busy adding books to our collection through the "Back to Books" grant for $4,500. The grant funds are a 50% increase in our normal book buying budget!
Thanks to the Williams Township's generous donation of $3,500 earlier this summer, planning has begun for an outdoor education space behind our building. Additional grants are being researched to help fund the project.
What's on Display
The popular one room school house exhibit has been moved next to the Nancy Richardson alcove. The other cases are showcasing Williamsville celebrations and more. A collection of Mrs. Stuttle's art work is also on display.