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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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Robert R. Jones Public Library
900 First Street, P.O. Box 190
Coal Valley, IL. 61240

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  Next Club Meeting : Monday August 17th, 3:30pm

Hear a story, design an amazing creation with a weekly theme, and let your imagination run wild.  

This club is suitable for boys and girls grades K - 5.  Legos will be supplied (donations are always welcome). To register, stop by the library circulation desk or call 309-799-3047.


August Story Hour Themes:


          August 6th -  We Scream for Ice Cream!

I scream.  You scream.  We all scream for ice cream!  Join us for a morning of stories, songs, and crafts focusing on one of the summer’s best icy treats - ICE CREAM!


August 13th - Sea, Sun, and Sand!

The summer is the perfect time to beat the heat by escaping to the beach.  This week’s storytime will take us on an adventure all the way to the ocean.  We’ll hear stories, sing songs, and make an ocean themed craft!


August 20th - Elephants!  Elephants!

Elephants are literally tons of fun!  Come walk like an elephant, swing your trunk like an elephant, and enjoy a morning by hearing stories dedicated to this gentle giants.  We’ll sing songs, make a craft, and enjoy a healthy snack.


August 27th - Moving Along!

Planes, trains, or automobiles - how do you get from here to there?  Join us for a week dedicated to transportation!  We’ll hear stories about the different ways we go, we’ll sing songs, enjoy a snack, and make a fun craft!

Summer Reading Program – “Every Hero Has a Story!”

June 4th – July 16th


Thanks To All our Reading Heroes For A Super

Summer Reading Program!

Enjoy the Rest Of Your Summer!


1000 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 (yes, you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten. 


When you register you will receive a log to track all 1000 books.  When you've completed 100 books, bring your log into the library for a sticker.  We have special prizes at milestones including:

200 Books-Finger Puppet     400 Books: Set of Number Magnets    600 Books: Plush Animal Friend

                   800 Books: Set of Alphabet Magnets              1000 Books: A Backpack

Stop By the Library and Sign Up And Pick Up Your Book Log 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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