Special Programs

Events marked with an * require advance registration. Please call us at 274-2719. Thanks!

Stumbling on History: How Nations Atone for Past Wrongs

Thur., Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm

How do countries recognize, accept responsibility, and atone for historical crimes? From Australia to the United States, nations have wrestled with this serious ethical dilemma. Interestingly, Germany provides leadership through a public arts project. Fern Schumer Chapman, author, journalist, and reporter, shares the story of her mother—a Holocaust refugee—and an artistic memorial that is helping today’s generation confront the crimes of the past.
Presented in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

In this video clip, Ms. Chapman and her mother talk with middle schoolers:


Puzzle Day

Sat., Feb 17 @ 1 – 4 pm

To kick off our new Puzzle Exchange, we’ll have a couple jigsaw challenges to work on while you enjoy hot cocoa and snacks. You can bring puzzles of your own to share as well as puzzles to trade.
Want to help us jumpstart our rotating puzzle collection? Donate gently used puzzles by February 17. Or, bring by a puzzle to swap any time after that.


South Korea in the Spotlight

Wed., Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm

South Korea is on the global center stage right now, hosting the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and balancing delicate relations with North Korea. Professor Jihyun Kim (Bradley University) will discuss Korean culture, the city of PyeongChang, and recent South Korean efforts at resuming dialogue with North Korea.


Seed Swap

Thur., Feb 22 @ 4 – 7 pm

Bring your heirloom and open-pollinated seeds to share with your neighbors, and find new treasures for your garden! You are encouraged (but not required) to bring seeds to swap. Check out our seed library while you’re at it! Questions? Call Catherine at 274-2719.


Concerts in the Stacks: Roundstone Buskers

Sunday, March 4 @ 2:30 pm

Don’t miss this rollicking Celtic band!


Bullet Journaling

Tuesday, March 6 @ 6 pm

Learn to create your very own bullet journal to organize your tasks, track your goals, and change your life!  We’ll provide all the materials you need to get inspired.


Gypsy Moth Control Open House

Wednesday, March 7 @ 3 – 6 pm

Illinois Department of Agriculture Program Manager Nancy Johnson will host an informational open house about the upcoming aerial application to control the population of European Gypsy Moths in the Chillicothe area. The community is invited to come learn about this invasive species and bring their questions about the control efforts.


Public Forum for 18th Congressional District Candidates

Thursday, March 8 @ 6 pm

Bring your questions and hear from candidates running to be your representative in Congress. Four of the five candidates are scheduled to attend: Donald Rients, Brian Deters, Junius Rodriguez, and Darrel Miller. Hosted in partnership with The League of Women Voters.
The primary general election will be held March 20, with early voting at a variety of sites. Chillicothe Public Library will host early voting on March 16 & 17. More information at www.elections.il.gov


Alternative Energy Fair

Saturday, March 10 @ 10 am – 4 pm

Explore the possibilities of solar, wind, biomass, and more!


Seed Starting Workshop

Monday, March 12 @ 4 pm

Get a jump-start on your garden by starting a few plants ahead of time! Learn the basics of starting seeds and tending seedlings, and get your hands dirty planting some seeds to take home (bring your own seeds or choose some from the library’s stock). If you have small plant cells at home, please bring them; if not, we will provide appropriate containers. All ages welcome; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Call Catherine at 309-274-2719.
Have a little extra room in your sunny window? Or don’t have a garden of your own? Start a few seedlings for the Community Needs Agency community garden! All produce gathered from the garden is given to CNA clients and distributed through local food pantries.


Year of Beer: History of American Beer

Tuesday, March 13 @ 6 pm

Explore the history of American beer with Bryan Ballard (White Oak Brewery) – from 1612 and the first recorded brewery, through prohibition, to the rise of breweries large and small in recent days. And you’ll sample some “historic” American beers along the way. Ages 21 & up. Please register by March 11.

This program kicks off a new series exploring the history, culture, and craft of beer. Coming in April: What beer should you try if you like wine? Get pro advice from the folks at Tannins & Hops.


Bird Bistros

Tuesday, March 27 @ 6 pm

Become a Bird Bistro! Create beautiful living landscapes with native plants that provide food, cover, water, and nesting places vital to our fine feathered friends. With stories, photographs, questions, and answers, Mary and Dale Goodner will show how they transformed the barren mowed landscape at their new home into a quality, diverse habitat – a “Bird Bistro.” It’s an ongoing project and has had some unexpected results.
Dale worked for the Peoria Park District and was Chief Naturalist at Forest Park Nature Center for 22 years. Mary was a landscaper for her business, Great Gardens by Goodner. They retired to Algoma, WI, where they serve as Co-Presidents of Wild Ones of Door Peninsula, a group that promotes the use of native plants.

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