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
Stop by whenever you have time to check out new book displays and activities this month. Make a bookmark for someone special or play a game. Follow WPLM on Facebook for news about Summer Reading, which will start in June!
Closed Monday, May 27: In honor of Memorial Day
Open Late for Finals: Thursday, May 30
WPLM will be open until 9pm for students studying for finals. FREE snacks, water, and coffee will be available. Students can print up to 10 pages for free. As always free wi-fi will be available. Students can study individually or in groups. The study room and multi-purpose room will be available as well as the fireplace area, booth, and extra tables throughout the library and museum.
Summer Reading Kick-off: Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm
Get the summer started with fun activities at WPLM! Sign up for Summer Reading and pick up reading logs so young readers can start earning prizes as they read during the summer. Weather permitting we will host a combination of indoor and outdoor stations with fun for everyone.
Movie Mondays will be every Monday from June 10 through July 8. A movie will be shown every Monday at 1:00pm in the multi-purpose room, with a light snack provided.
Each week will have a different theme for drop-in activities. That means you can stop by any time we're open to enjoy games and activities, which will change every Monday.
Follow WPLM on Facebook to find out about several additional special events. Everything will be free, but some programs will require registration due to limited space.
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
LOOK for Travel Kits again this summer!
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. Their next meetings will be on Thursday May 23 and Tuesday, June 11, at 12:30. 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 last year, 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.