Special Programs

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


Orienteering Basics

Thur., July 12 @ 5-6 pm
Learn how to read a map and use a compass, then practice your skills outside around the library property. Led by Illinois River Valley Orienteering Club.

*Year of Beer: Sustainability

Tue., July 17 @ 6 pm
A lot of resources go into making that refreshing mug of beer. How are brewers trying to incorporate sustainable technologies and energy saving methods into their craft? Is there such a thing as green beer (outside of St. Patrick’s Day)? Find out with Brian Buss of Industry Brewing. Ages 21 & up. Please RSVP.

Intro to Genealogy

Sat., Aug 4 @ 11 am – noon

Have you ever wanted to start researching the history of your family but didn’t know where to start? Then join our guest, Susan Rynerson from the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society, as she shares advice on how to get started, record keeping tips, and best practices for online researching.

*Crochet 101

Tue., Aug 7 @ 2:30 pm
Learn the basic stitches you need to confidently enter the world of crochet! Yarn will be provided, but you may bring your own if you have a preferred color. Please bring a crochet hook size H through K. Ages 12 – adult. Spaces limited; please register by calling 274-2719.

*Historic Recipe Road Show

Sat., Aug 11 @ 10 am – noon
Do you have a handwritten recipe that is at least 50 years old? Bring it to the Historic Recipe Road Show, hosted by Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois (CHNI)! A recipe expert will meet with you during a 15-minute session to tell you more about your family recipes, and CHNI will digitally preserve your contribution for their archives as a way to study Illinois cultural, political, and social history.
Recipe submission forms are available at the library or at www.culinaryhistoriansofnorthernillinois.com.

Reserve your appointment slot today by calling the library: 309-274-2719.

Auditions: Harry Potter Out Loud — Readers Theater

Mon., Aug 20 @ 3:30 pm
We’re looking for readers, ages 12 & up, to present several scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Participants are not required to memorize lines, but should be strong, expressive readers who can make their words clearly heard and understood.
Participants must be available to attend a few afternoon rehearsals in addition to the performance on Wed., Sept. 12 at 4:00 pm.
Auditions: Mon., Aug 20 @ 3:30 pm
Questions? Call Catherine: 309-274-2719

Remember When…

Tue., August 21 @ 1 pm
Hosted at Chillicothe Public Library.

Remember when… roller skates had keys, gas and bacon were rationed, and cell phones hadn’t been invented? Take a stroll down memory lane with us each month and reminisce as we enjoy coffee and conversation. Occasionally, we’ll be joined by grade school students eager to hear stories and ask questions. This month, we’ll share recollections of animals, pets, and encounters of the zoological kind.

*Year of Beer: Sour Beer School

Thur., Aug 23 @ 6 pm
Sour beer? Sweet! Explore the style, history, and unique flavor profiles of sour beer with Anthony Carapella of DESTIHL Brewery. Samples served. Ages 21 & up. Please register by 8/22.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention

Tue., Aug 28 @ 6 pm

Morgan Casey from the HULT Center for Healthy Living will present this program designed to educate adults on how to recognize and act on the warning signs of depression and suicide. Registration requested but not required.

Decoding the Weather Machine

Tue., Sept 4 @ 5:45 pm—Part 1 and discussion
Thur., Sept 6 @ 5:45 pm—Part 2 and discussion
Thur., Sept 13 @ 5:45 pm—Full documentary

In this timely NOVA documentary, join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change. Discussions facilitated by National Weather Service meteorologists Heather Stanley and Ed Shimon.

Edible Book Contest

Saturday, September 29

Create an “edible book” inspired by a favorite tale, involving a pun on a title, or simply in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc.). All entries will be exhibited, photographed, then eaten! Certificates will be awarded in a variety of categories. Whether or not you contribute an entry, please join us in admiring and eating the creations!
Who can enter: Anyone! Teams are also welcome to create entries together.
Categories include…
Best Depiction of a Classic
Best Visual Presentation
Most Appetizing
Best Depiction of a Cookbook
Best Entry Based on Book for Children/Teens
Best Team Creation
Best Entry Featuring Locally Produced Food
People’s Choice
Schedule for Saturday, September 29
9-10am     Participants drop off entries at the library
10-10:30 am     Judging and photography
10:30 am     Public viewing/people’s choice voting
11 am     Welcome and judges’ commentary
11:15 am     Eating of books

Edible Book Contest Entry Form

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