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.
Back to School
Ready or not it's time to start thinking about going back to school! Now that Summer Reading has wrapped up, WPLM will return to switching out the drop-in activities each month. The Legos are back along with new activities to enjoy whenever your schedule allows you to drop in for a visit. Students can get a jump start on their AR reading, check out one of the 2019 Rebecca Caudill books, or find a graphic novel to read!
Come in to see the new museum displays, including art work by Mrs. Pearl Stuttle.
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!
Stop by to see the new activities for the month of August!
Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30pm
Local representatives of WindSolarUSA and IPS Solar will explain how anyone can benefit from solar energy. Solar energy helps the environment and it can help your budget. Homeowners will learn about the surprisingly short pay back period on today's solar panels. Landowners will learn how then can earn money by leasing their land for solar projects. Also learn about the local solar tour on Saturday, September 22. To register for this free event click on the link to the right or call 566-3520.
Fall Fitness at WPLM
WPLM will host a variety of fitness events in September with something for everyone. Sign up for one these FREE events with no pressure to commit to anything. Learn more and register for any of these events by clicking on the links to the right or call 566-3520.
Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00pm: Flow with the basics of Tai Chi, a martial art based on slow, deliberate movements that improve balance and circulation for anyone from athletes to seniors.
Thursday, September 20, at 7:00pm: Local Sensei, Clay Roberts, will host a self-defense workshop using basic karate moves that participants will practice to avoid and escape threatening situations.
Saturday, September 22, at 9:00am: Sara Anderson will get you moving with Zumba. You do not have to be a good dancer to work out, and participants of any fitness level are welcome to give it a try.
Saturday September 22, at 2:30pm: Sensei Roberts will return to host an introductory class for anyone, youth or adults, interested in trying karate.
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.
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.
Drop in for next gathering at 12:30pm on Tuesday, August 14. 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.