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
Weather & WPLM
Please follow WPLM on Facebook to be notified about closings or call to verify we are open before venturing out in questionable weather. Items due on a day we are closed will be accepted the next day we are open without fines.
WPLM will be CLOSED Monday in honor of MLK Day.
Drop by WPLM for a few minutes of down time whenever you have a chance. This month's activities will be a variety of games and toys along with crafts. All the activities and crafts are available any time we're open: 10am-7pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-2pm on Saturdays.
Williamsville Works: Tuesday, Feb. 26 (6:30-8:00pm)
WPLM is hosting an open house career fair called, "Williamsville Works", for students AND adults. What do you want to be when you grow up? Is it time for a job change, or are you considering starting your own business? WPLM will have something for everyone with representatives from a wide variety of local businesses.
You can also attend a special session, "Making Your Best First Impression", from 7:00-7:30pm, in the WPLM multi-purpose room. Learn valuable tips for scholarship and job interviews from a career professional.
There is no need to register for this FREE event. Everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for one of three $25 gift cards to Casey's. Click on the link to the right to see some of the businesses who are already planning to attend.
Wondering Why: Forensics: Thursday, Feb. 28 (6:30-7:30pm)
"Why?" is an important question for anyone who is curious. Curiosity naturally leads to learning! WPLM is encouraging curiosity with the next installment in our "Wondering Why" series. Williamsville Police and the University of Illinois Extension will present a special event on the basic science of forensics. They will focus on fingerprinting and chromatography (color separation) activities. As a part of this event parents can have their children fingerprinted. The event will be geared towards 3rd-5th grade students, but younger students are welcome to attend with an adult. Please register and find more information about this FREE event by clicking on the link to the right.
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@example.com 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
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. It's a free way to share a great, local resource with out of town friends and family. (Some passes are still available for December.)
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 Thursday, January 24. 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 come once or come each time.
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.
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.