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
March Drop-in Anytime
Drop by WPLM for a few minutes of creative fun whenever you have a chance. WPLM has different games and activities each month, and the Legos are here too! Fun is available any time we're open: 10:00am-7:00pm Monday-Thursday and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays.
WPLM has something for everyone. Anyone inspired by Women's History Month can find books about courageous women. Young readers might be enticed by our growing collection of graphic novels, many of which have AR points that will help them meet their reading goals at school!
This is the last week of the Rebecca Caudill Challenge to be entered into a drawing for a $25 Target Gift Card!
Family Craft Day: Saturday, April 6 (10:am-2:00pm)
Spring into WPLM to make a bunny bag and felt butterflies, or enjoy spring-inspired activities. FREE Easter bonnets and hats while supplies last!
No registration is required.
Lego League Informational Meeting: Tuesday, April 9 (6:30-7:30pm)
Parents whose students will be in 3rd-5th grades next year are invited to attend an informational meeting about Lego League Junior teams. WPLM is considering buying kits and hosting teams for the 2019-2020 school year if there is enough community interest to warrant the investment in supplies. Attend the meeting to learn more and let us know if you are interested in having your child or grandchild participate.
Fun Day: Monday, April 22: Open House
Stop by WPLM with kids on the last day of spring break! A variety of games and activities as well as Legos and magnet tiles, will be set up from 10:00am-7:00pm.
Multi-player videogames will be available in the multi-purpose room from 1:00-6:00pm. Drop by any time to play or enjoy a change of scenery.
Wondering Why: Super Science: Thursday, April 25 (6:30-7:30pm)
The next “Wondering Why” event will be Thursday, April 25, from 6:30-7:30pm. Super Science will be a chance to explore electricity and color changing solutions with a science specialist from Absolute Science. The program is geared towards 3rd to 5th grade students, but younger students are welcome to attend with an adult. Please register by calling 566-3520 or click on the link to the right.
Backyard Basics 2019: Tuesday, April 30 (6:30pm-8:00pm)
The first session of Backyard Basics 2019 will be a creative opportunity! You can build your own outdoor planter box with Valerie Sagle of Carli Mae Designs. All the materials will be provided. Please register with the link to the right since space is limited or call WPLM at 566-3520!
FREE passes to THREE Museums
Due to special partnerships, WPLM patrons with a valid WPLM card can now visit three Springfield museums for FREE. Patrons can take up to 6 people to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Parents can use passes for FREE admission to the Illinois State Museum. (Children, seniors, and veterans always get FREE admission.) The Kidzeum, which opened this summer, is a Children's exploration museum. Parents and their children can now visit the newest museum for FREE. To reserve your passes please call 566-3520 to let us know when you plan to attend.
Something for Everyone with Kits
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 beating boredom when it is too cold to be outside.
Check out the "Magnet Curiosity Kit" for kids, or for teens and adults we have stress-beating kits for coloring, dot-to-dot, and mosaic sticker art based on movies, travel, and young adult literature.
Paws to Read
If you know a young reader who could benefit from practicing sight words or reading please contact Natalie Albers at [email protected] 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
Follow WPLM on Instagram to see examples of NEW books and DVD's. Let us know what you like to read or watch! Follow WPLMinsta.
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 will only meet on Thursday, March 28, at 12:30 in February. Anyone is welcome to come once or come each time. Follow WPLM on Facebook for reminders.
Additional Ongoing Programs
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!)
CELEBRATE WILLIAMSVILLE HISTORY
Come see the local history displays anytime we are open:
Monday-Thursday 10am- 7pm and Saturdays 10am- 2pm.
Planning will begin soon to change the displays again. Look for new museum displays in Summer 2019. Rotating the displays allows us to highlight different parts of the collection as we feature the stories of our local history.
As always, inventory is an ongoing process.
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.