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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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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!

July Story Hour Themes:


July 2nd -  Happy Birthday, America!

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?  How do we celebrate? Join us for a morning of stories, songs, and crafts focusing on the stars and stripes.


July 9th - My Super-Duper Teddy

Something mysterious is threatening the library!  We need the help from your plush friend to save the day! Join us for a storytime sharing stories about friendship, bravery, and heroism.  Bring a small stuff ed animal that is prepared to help solve the mystery by staying at the library all week.  But don’t worry, during craft time we’ll turn our little friends into the heroes we know they really are!


July 16th - Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet!

Superheroes need to stay in tip-top shape.  They need to eat healthy and exercise regularly.  This week we’ll focus on movement with stories and songs that will have us on our feet.


July 23rd - A Summer Sunny Day

Summer is here!  Join us for a storytime focusing on having fun in the sun!  We’ll sing songs, hear stories, and make a sun themed craft!


July 30th - Frog Fables and Turtle Tales

This week’s we’ll hear far fetched tales involving fearless frogs and tough turtles, we’ll sing songs, make a craft, and enjoy a healthy snack.

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  Next Club Meeting : Monday August 3rd, 3:30pm

Hear a story, design an amazing creation with a weekly theme, and let your imagination run wild.  This is a challenge Lego Club event.  Registration is required.

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.


Parking Lot Policy

The Village of Coal Valley has installed  signage that designates the section of the parking lot from the south end to the village entrance  for library patron use only

Parents who are waiting to pick up children after school or attending school functions should refrain from using these spaces.  The Coal Valley Police Department is authorized to warn and 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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