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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

Get ready to enjoy “Every Hero Has a Story” during the 2015 Summer Reading Program at the Robert R. Jones Public Library.  You will be able to register in person at the library beginning May 27th.

 Kids K-8th grade can keep track of their minutes read and earn mid-way prize and final prizes by tracking their reading and returning their completed logs by July 16th.  The first day to redeem logs for a half way prize is Thursday, June 11th and the final day to submit the log is Thursday, July 16th.

Activities are planned for families, preschoolers, school-age youngsters, teens and adults throughout the summer. Search our website for upcoming events or pick up a printed copy of the summer calendar at the library.

 Come back on May 27th to register and learn all the details.  Read for fun this 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!

May Story Hour Themes:

    May 7: I Love My Mama: This week is all about moms!  Listen to stories about the special relationship between mothers and their children.  sing songs about your mom and make a special gift to give to her.

    May 14th: Clap, Tap and Drum!  Let's celebrate the rhythm all around us!  This week our focus is on music!  We'll hear and sing songs to help us tap our feet!  We'll make a musical craft, and enjoy a healthy snack. 

    May 21st: Morning, Noon and Night - During morning the sun rises, during dusk the sun sets, and at night the moon and stars are all that we see.  This week we'll focus on different times of day.  Come hear stories, sing songs and make a craft!

    May 28th - Star Light, Star Bright - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star -   Do you make a wish on the first star at night you see?  Do you ever dream of what it would be like in space?  Come to s story hour focused on the stars in the sky.  We'll sing songs, hear stories and make a fun craft!

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  Next Club Meeting Mon. June 8, 2:00-3:30pm !

Hear a story, design an amazing creation with a weekly theme, and let your imagination run wild.  The Lego Club Will Meet June 8th & 26th and July 6 From 2:00pm - 3:30pm in the Children's Room.

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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