Special Programs

 Art in the Garden

Visit the library garden any time during the month of July, and make a piece of art using your unique perspective and whatever media you prefer (pencils, camera, markers, watercolors, pastels, etc.). When it’s done, bring it by the library for us to photograph, or take a photo yourself and email it to cbarnett@chillipld.org. We’ll put all the images together into a summery splash celebrating nature’s amazing shapes, colors, and patterns!

Kayaking Tips for Beginners

Tuesday, July 25 @ 6:30 pm

Get ready for the HLC Canoe/Kayak Jaunt — or any summertime paddling — with kayak instructor Kathy Jones. Learn safety & basics, along with tips on what to wear, how to get in and out of a kayak and hold a paddle, places to go for your first experiences on the water, and where you can get  more training.

Hot Air Balloons

Wed., Aug 2 @ 1:30 – 2:30 pm or 3 – 4 pm

Decorate your own hot air balloon model to display in your home. Age 6 & up. You must register by July 24.

Solar Eclipse Programs

The library is celebrating this month’s total solar eclipse by partnering with the Peoria Riverfront Museum to host a series of special programs. Learn about this fascinating phenomenon, and then join us for a viewing party on the day of the eclipse! Special viewing glasses will be provided so you can watch safely.


Skylab at the Library | Tue., Aug 1

Learn fun facts about outer space and the coming eclipse with these special immersive programs in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s portable planetarium. Each of these programs are offered twice. Registration required for these Skylab programs: call 309-274-2719.

1:00 pm & 1:30 pm—Perfect Little Planet*

(Preschool – Grade 4) Discover our solar system with a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto. Dive down the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose?

2:00 pm & 2:30 pm—Extreme  Planets*

(Grades 3 & up) Explore what makes a planet “Earth-like” in the first place, and take an immersive tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we’re looking for. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren’t just science fiction anymore!

About the 2017 Solar Eclipse | Wed., Aug 2 @ 6:30 pm
On Monday, August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse visible across the United States, including parts of Illinois. Join Peoria Riverfront Museum Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan to learn more about this rare sight, and pick up your pair of special viewing glasses so that you can watch safely.

Solar Oven S’mores | Fri., Aug 4 @ 12 pm
Harness the power of the sun to make a gooey treat! Register by 8/1 so we make sure to have enough materials. Age 11-18.

Mysteries of the Sky | Tues., Aug 8 @ 1 pm
Lee Green of the Twin Cities Amateur Astronomers Club will talk about how the stars, moons and planets move around in our sky, and how that movement affects what we see. He’ll discuss the upcoming solar eclipse and talk about how to watch it safely. Weather permitting, we will also view the sun through Lee’s solar binoculars.

Beanies in Space | Wed., Aug 9 @ 10 am
Your Beanie Baby buddy has always wanted to be an astronaut. Bring your buddy in a rocket or space suit or any way you like, to be launched from the library’s trebuchet. Which buddy will travel the farthest? Or have the coolest outfit? Prizes for all!

Outer Space Story Time | Tue., Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm & Thur., Aug 17 @ 10:15 am
Building preliteracy skills for the 3 – 5 year-old crowd with stories, music and activities. This week we’ll read and talk about Outer Space to get ready for Monday’s Solar Eclipse.

Eclipse Viewing Party | Mon., Aug 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Celebrate one of the most amazing events in nature with your friends at the library! We’ll have snacks and safe viewing glasses for all. A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Chillicothe, but it will still be a mighty fine show.

Meet Author Andy Zach

Wed., Aug 9 @ 6 pm

The local author of the “Life after Life” comic urban fantasy series will give an interview, read from his novels, and hold a book signing. Zach has just released My Undead Mother-In Law, sequel to Zombie Turkeys. Books available for purchase and signing at event.

Small Project: Big Impact

Thur., Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm

Hear local Girl Scout Kath Schneider talk about her Gold Award project and its impact on the local environment. She’ll share stories about her work to reduce erosion in a creek ravine, including building a check dam, controlled burns, and maintenance of invasive tree species.

Adulting 101: Intro to Finance                                      

Navigating the day-to-day world of adulthood can be overwhelming. Don’t panic — let us help! Our “Adulting 101” seminars are opportunities for adults of all ages to pick up handy skills to make everyday life a little less daunting. Join us this month for Intro to Finance, as we explore topics ranging from home buying to investing to basic banking skills.

First Time Home Buying | Mon., Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm

Overwhelmed by the idea of buying a home? Walk through the process step-by-step with experienced realtors Audrey Kamm and Hannah Foster (Jim Maloof/Realtor), learning what to expect and what resources are available. Lender Chris Broadhurst (Guaranteed Rate) will review current interest rates, special programs available to first time home buyers, and estimated payments. Bring your questions!

Foundations of Investing | Tue., Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm

Curious about investing? Richard Driessnack of Edward Jones will present a concise overview, including key terms and investment types and covering the basic features of bonds, stocks and mutual funds, and the importance of asset allocation.

Making the Right Money Moves | Thur., Aug 31 @ 6:30 pm

The way you handle your finances will have a big impact on your entire life! Learn to create a budget, balance a checkbook, establish a savings account, and build a good credit history.

Beth Bombara in Concert

Sun., Aug 20 @ 2 pm

With a folksinger’s head and a rocker’s heart, Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she’s a musician’s musician — a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. With 2017’s ‘Map & No Direction,’ Bombara’s songs take aim at a larger audience with melodic hooks that showcase a love not only for roots-rock, but the irresistible punch of classic pop, too. Come hear her perform live in the beautiful vaulted space of the Chillicothe Public Library!

The revival of our “Concerts in the Stacks” series is made possible in part by a generous donation from the Myers family in memory of their mother, Louise Myers.

If you are interested in sponsoring our concert series, or if there is a band you would love to hear play at the library, please call 309-274-2719 or email cbarnett@chillipld.org.

Saving with Mandy & Randy

Wed., Aug 30 @ 3:45 pm

(Grades 1-3) Learn about counting money, different kinds of spending, and the importance of saving!


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