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
November: Be Creative, VOTE, & Donate
There is always something for kids to do, play, or make whenever you have time to stop by WPLM. November’s stations will focus on being creative.
Vote early and vote often, for art that is! WPLM will feature art by Williamsville Middle School and Junior High students in November. You can vote for your favorite each day you come to WPLM in November. Gift certificates will be awarded to the two artists whose work receives the most votes.
WPLM will be a drop-off location for Project Linus. For more information about the type of blankets wanted visit www.projectlinus.org.
Wondering Why: Back in Time with Native Americans
Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30-7:30pm
WPLM will be hosting “Wondering Why” programs this year to encourage curiosity among 3rd to 5th grade students. The first event will make you wonder about the lives of Native Americans from long ago to today. Lorna Shuman, of the Illinois State Museum, will bring replica artifacts for participants to explore, and each participant will then create their own pottery piece inspired by Native American traditions. Space will be limited due to materials. Please register by calling 566-3520, or register on-line by clicking on the link to the right.
Early Out Fun Day
Thursday, November 8
WPLM will host special activities since WCUSD will have an early out that day for parent-teacher conferences. A variety of games and activities will be set up, the movie Incredibles 2 will be shown at 1:00pm, and videogames will be set up in the
multi-purpose room from 3:00-6:00pm.
Veteran’s Day Speaker
Saturday, November 17 at 10:30am
WPLM will be hosting Don O’Neal, UIS professor emeritus. Dr. O’Neal will share insights from his memoir, So Proudly We Hailed. A step back in time will remind us all what life was like on the home front during the war, and how the daily lives of even those who too young to serve were affected by the war. To give us an idea of how to plan for refreshments please register by calling 566-3520 or click on the link to the right.
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.
Museum Search & Find
November & December
Now you have a reason to take a closer look at the museum displays. Answer brief questions about the display 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 November and December. The prize drawing will be in January.
Paws to Read
If you know a young reader who could benefit from practicing sight words or reading with Murphy please contact Natalie Albers at email@example.com or call 566-3520 to find out how you can schedule a one on one session with Murphy.
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.
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, November 13. 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
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.