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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

Newspapers At the Library
Did your know our library currently receives our two local newspapers, the QC Times and the Dispatch, as well as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal?

Banned Books Week
Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 27th - Oct. 3rd

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read.  Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.  More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.  There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported. 
For more information on banned and challenged books visit the American Library Association website.



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

Next Meeting: Monday, October 5th 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.

Card Making Class
With Donna Banta

Saturday, October 31st
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Theme: The Holidays

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! 

October 1st -  Alphabet Shapes
Learning to recognize shapes is one of the first steps to learning the alphabet!  We'll sing songs and practice making different shapes.  We'll hear stories, and make a fun craft!

October 8th - A Parade of Pets!
What's your favorite animal?  Would they make a good pet?  This week we'll hear stories and sing songs all about the animals that live under our roof.  We'll make a fun craft and enjoy a healthy snack!

October 15th - Let's Count!
1, 2, high can you go?  This week's storytime is all about counting!  We'll hear stories that help us build our counting skills, while we sing songs, and have fun! 
October 22nd - A Hairy Situation
Everyone has hair - some people have long hair, some people have short hair, some people have hair on their face and some people have hair on their toes!  This week we'll hear stories all about hair!  We'll sing songs and enjoy a healthy snack. 

October 29th - Boo!  Happy Halloween
Treat or treat!  This week’s storytime is all about Halloween!  So come in your favorite costume if you'd like!  We'll sing songs, make a spooky craft and enjoy a Halloween inspired 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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