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The Robert R. Jones Public Library follows Illinois state law which prohibits the carrying of any weapons, concealed or partially-concealed in the library or on library property.  Any violators will be reported to law enfocement and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

History Tidbit

The Robert R. Jones Public Library was begun as a tax-supported township library by voter referendum in 1967.  However, the Coal Valley Unit, Homemaker's Extension Association began a library as a community service project in the early 1940s.  The library had no permanent home, and the collection was stored in garages and other facilities when no suitable location could be secured.

Even before passage of the referendum, the building at First Street and Rte 150 was renovated for use as a library.  This property, donated by Dr. Robert R. Jones had been owned by his uncle John Studer.  Additions were completed in 1973 and 1980 which substantially increased the size of the library. 

In November of 2000, voters approved a referendum to increase the tax levy rate for the purpose of constructing a new library.  Construction on the Coal Valley Municipal Center was begun in June of 2002 and completed in the spring of 2003.  Since that time the library and Village of Coal Valley have jointly operated the Municipal Center and shared the operating expenses.


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900 First Street, P.O. Box 190
Coal Valley, IL. 61240

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The Library Will Be Closed

Monday, September 7th


LEGO Club Challenge
The first and third Monday of each month! 

Next Meeting: Monday, September 21st from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hear a story, design amazing creations with a weekly theme, and show off your creative side!  Suitable for boys & girls grades Kindergarten - 5th grade.  LEGOS will be supplied (but donations are always welcome).

Register at the library reception desk or by calling 309-799-3047.

Every Thursday Morning at 10:30 a.m.
All ages welcome!  No registration required! 

September 3rd -  Bathtime is for Bubbles!
Rub-A-Dub-Dub bubbles fill the tub!  Grab your rubber duck because this week’s storytime is all about bathtime!  We’ll sing songs, hear stories and make a special bathtime craft!

September 10th - Happy Grandparents Day!
Grandparents are special!  This week’s storytime will focus celebrating the special bond we share with our grandparents.  We will hear stories of compassion and love, sing songs, and make a special craft with our grandparents in mind.

September 17th - Sunflowers are for the Birds
Sunflowers are big.  Sunflowers are tall.  This week’s storytime we’ll hear about the beautiful flower that’s as bright as the sun!  We’ll make a sunflower themed craft, hear stories, and enjoy a healthy snack.
September 24th - Piggies!
Oink! Oink!  This week’s storytime is all about piggies!  They wiggle, they roll, and their tails squiggle in a loop!  We’ll hear stories, sing songs, make a pig themed craft, and enjoy a healthy snack.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless.  Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant and/or toddler.  The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. 

A Fun and Exciting Reading Program for Children Ages Birth to Five Years Old
The Robert R. Jones Public Library launched the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program in April.  This program was developed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy as well as encouraging parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher.

Upon Registration
You will receive a log to track all 1,000 books.  Everytime you've completed 200 books, bring your log into the library for a prize.

Stop by the library reception desk to register your little one today!

Parking Lot Policy
Parents who are waiting to pick up children after school or attending school functions should refrain from using the library parking lot as designated by the signs in front of the building. 

The Coal Valley Police Department is authorized to warn and/or ticket those who violate this policy.

Please help us keep these parking spaces available for our patrons, especially those who are elderly or have difficulty walking.  Remember, you are welcome to park here if you are using the library but those picking up children should find alternate parking....Jeffrey Stafford, Library Director.



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