During Monday night's storm, lightning shattered the tree next to the library building. It knocked out the power, phone and internet service. Our power was restored Tuesday afternoon. Our phone and internet services may be restored on Friday.
The library will be open with limited services. We can manually check out books, but cannot access our database. We can make copies, but cannot print or send faxes.

Our Summer Reading Activity scheduled for Friday morning June 26, has been canceled.

HeritageQuest® Online Available to Our Patrons.

We are happy to provide genealogy research access to our patrons.
HeritageQuest® Online is accessible from home. Please call the library for your barcode. 815-472-2581

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Axis 360 App Update to the newest version.

Interim Release of the Axis 360 App Allows Users to Filter by Digital Format and Availability for Checkout.

We encourage our users to download the newest version of the Axis 360 app for these and other improvements.

This interim update for the Axis 360 App brings key usability improvements for your users now, while we continue our work on the all-in-one app experience coming this summer. The changes were just too good to wait!

Updated versions of the Axis 360 apps for iOS and Android are now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Activity Schedule

The Edward Chipman Public Library launches its Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Program on June 1, 2015. During the next few weeks, the library will host a range of free activities to encourage and support a love of reading. We've planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn and discover what’s available for their enjoyment.

Book Club

The library's monthly Tuesday Night Book Group always welcomes new members. Join us for monthly discussions or sit and listen to what others have to say about what they‘ve read. It is a great way to branch out and find new authors, new titles or simply enjoy other viewpoints on reading the same book.
•When: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30PM.-7:30 PM.
Join us for every session or any session, even if you haven't read our monthly book pick.

Online Catalog Convenience

Did you know....our collection is available online through our Library Catalog? Anyone may browse the catalog to see what items we have. Items may be searched by title, series, author or subject. It shows if the item is available or checked out. Hardcover, paperback, VHS, DVD, Audio Cassette, magazine, Axis360 ebook and Acoustik audio are clearly identified. If you are looking for a specific type and don't want all the titles to scroll through, go to the WHAT'S NEW tab. Here you may choose the type, as well as, a time frame, up to 2 months.

Searching for Early Library History

We are seeking information on the history of the library to preserve for historical purposes. In particular, we are hoping to verify that the library was used as a hospital during the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic. It seems to have been referred to as the Momence Red Cross Hospital.

If anyone has any photographs or newspaper articles pertaining to the early years of the library, we would greatly appreciate the opportunity to scan or photocopy them to add to the library files. Originals will be returned to the owner.

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