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
April Drop-in Anytime
Now is the time to donate books and DVD's! We're preparing for the annual Book and Bake Sale to benefit the Friends of WPLM on Saturday, May 4.
Spring into WPLM when you have a chance. WPLM has different games and activities each month, and the Legos are still here! Fun is available any time we're open: 10:00am-7:00pm Monday-Thursday and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays.
Let us know if your student needs help finding books to meet AR goals in the final quarter. Many of our books are labeled with the reading levels and AR points.
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.
Teen Karaoke: Saturday, April 27
Teens are welcome to try out a new karaoke machine at WPLM after hours on Saturday, April 27. Jr. High students are invited to snack, sing, try out the green screen, and hang out with friends from 7:30-8:30pm. High school students can take over from 8:30-10:00pm.
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!
County Market & Vegetables: Thursday, May 9 (10:30-11:30am)
Take a fresh look at vegetables you thought you knew. Hope Danielson, County Market Director of Health and Wellness, will share a fresh perspective on vegetable recipes. Taste samples and learn how easy it can be to add a few more vegetables to your weekly meal planning. The event is free, but space is limited. Please register by calling 566-3520 or on-line at www.williamsvillelibrary.org.
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 Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday April 25, 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.