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.
Chess Club Meets on Thursdays: 3:30 - 6:00pm
Drop in anytime between 3:30 - 6:00pm on Thursdays in September and October to play chess. Multiple chess boards will be set up. Anyone who likes to play (young people and adults) are welcome! Bring a friend or find someone to play against when you arrive. A tournament will be scheduled later in the fall if enough participants are interested.
Pirates in September
WPLM is having fun with pirates all month long! Stop in for crafts, activities, and games inspired by pirates, and check out pirate books and movies too. A SPECIAL PIRATE CHALLENGE STARTED THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17. SOLVE THE CLUES TO FIND A BIT OF SWEET TREASURE!
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
Lincoln Event with Dan Guillory
In honor of the Illinois Bicentennial, WPLM will host a special author event on Thursday, October 4, at 2pm. Author Dan Guillory, professor emeritus of English from Millikin University, will explore Abraham Lincoln’s life with vintage photographs, quotations, and poems he has written. Click on the link at the right to learn more and to register for this free event. You can also register by calling 566-3520.
Paws to Read
Alice Laswell will be bringing her trained therapy dog, Murphy, back to WPLM again this school year. Click on the link to the right to reserve a spot. We want to respect Alice and Murphy's time, so they will only be at WPLM if at least one person has reserved a spot by 4pm the day of the session. You can also reserve a spot by calling WPLM at 566-3520.
Backyard Basics: Wreath Making
Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30pm
The last session in the 2018 Backyard Basics Series will focus on flowers in the fall. All the materials will be provided for each participant to make their own wreath. Everyone who registers by Monday, October 22, will be entered into door prize drawings. Please click on the link to the right to register or call 566-3520.
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.
The Great American Read
What books do you think everyone should read at some point? Several of the books on the PBS Great American Read list are on display at WPLM. Stop by and add one to your summer reading list.
Follow WPLM on Instagram to find out about NEW books and DVD's. Let us know what you like to read or watch!
Drop in for next gathering at 12:30pm on Thursday, September 27. 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.
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
Come see the NEW 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.