Adult & Family Events

COVID Safety at Library Programs

• For indoor programs, all attendees over the age of two are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing (regardless of vaccination status).
• For outdoor programs, individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) are not required to wear a mask. All others over the age of two must wear a mask when within 6’ of people outside of their immediate household.

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Find recordings from many of our past virtual programs on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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August 2 @ 3 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. This program will take place in the library parking lot, so please bring a lawn chair.

August 4 @ 7 pm
In this contentious period of our country’s history, what if bringing us a little closer was as simple as changing the political language we use? This presentation examines the way we talk about tough subjects and offers suggestions for paving the way to more civil conversations. Register at

June 8, July 13, August 10 @ 7 pm
Learn about local legal resources in this program series with Prairie State Legal Services. Register at

August 27 @ 9 am
Tomatoes, eggplants, and squash — oh my! Learn to save seeds from all your summer favorites, so you can plant them again next season and share them with friends. Weather permitting, we’ll meet outside on the patio, but you can also join us via Zoom at

August 31 @ 6:30 pm
Grab a blanket or a lawn chair (and a picnic if you like!) and join us for a free concert on the library lawn, featuring Peoria Symphony Concertmaster Marcia Henry Liebenow, Assistant Concertmaster Courtney Silver, and section violinists Hyo-Jung Chun and Molly Wilson. Hear works for violin by Classical composers as well as arrangements by Marcia’s father, Percy Hall. Free; donations welcome. (Rain date: Sept. 1) Enter here for a chance to win a gourmet picnic for two!

September 21 @ 7 pm
Join us for a historical and cultural re-examination of piracy and it implications for understanding Great Lakes history. No parrots or peg legs included, but a healthy dose of thievery, mutiny, and other unsavory tales that illustrate why Hollywood should reinvent Jack Sparrow and place him on Lake Michigan in 1880. Register for this live virtual event at

Recurring Events

Book Clubs

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Books+Tea @ the Library

An eclectic book club for adults that meets on fourth Mondays at 6:30 pm.

Panel Discussions

Explore stories told through the combination of words and visual art. Ages 16-adult. Meets first Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.

Curiosity & Cheesecake

Fascinating true stories about our world, its people, creatures, history, science, and more. Meets last Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Guilt-Free Book Club

Chat about whatever you’re currently reading, and share recommendations. Meets at Shore Acres on second Tuesdays at 9:00 am.

Just Us Reading

Dive deeper into some of the social justice issues facing our communities. Meets second Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Book Clubs

Movies @ the Library

Check out our upcoming movie showings here!

Cooking Around the World

Cooking around the World features the cuisine and culture of a different country or region every month. Join us as we expand our palates and our horizons!

eResources 101

Get one-on-one help learning to download eBooks and use the library’s online resources for your tablet or smartphone. Call Seth at 309-247-2719 or email to make an appointment.

Have a specific program or technology you want to learn?  Let us know by sending us an email at

Blood Drives

Chillicothe Public Library hosts blood drives with both the Red Cross and ImpactLife. See the drive schedule here.

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