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As we ease into 2022, the Jerseyville Public Library (JPL) wishes for a healthy, happy New Year to all of the Jerseyville and Jersey County community. They have lots of New Year plans for their patrons and visitors and they hope the events are well-attended.
January brings a new StoryWalk® to enjoy out at Wock Lake in memory of Ernest “Butch” Delp and sponsored by his daughters Andrea Ringhausen and Marissa Ontis. The book is entitled “The Wheels on the Racecar’’ by Alex Zane. Stay tuned to the library’s Facebook page for a “Hot Wheels/Matchbox Swap’’ Pop Up program later in January where kids can exchange with other kids their racecars, etc. for other cars and trucks. (Adults, if you have any Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars to donate for this event so that kids who might not have these types of toys can also participate, please bring them by the library at your convenience – thank you!)
Teens can mark their calendars for Thursday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. to come out to the library for a Pizza Party Kickoff of a new card game club called Historical Conquest. The game uses cards similar to Pokemon but plays like Risk. Come enjoy some pizza and soda while your fellow teen host and gamemaster, Jonah Hosmer, teaches you everything you need to know to play in hopes that this will grow into a club that meets weekly.
Those grades K-7 who love Legos, are invited to come out to the library on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. for LEGO Club. JPL provides the Legos – and attendees can make whatever they like. The library will display the creations until next month’s LEGO Club.
Here is another opportunity for fun for those in grades K-7. Full STEAM Ahead is back on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. Come see who can build the tallest marshmallow snowman and race to decorate your Oobleck snowman before it melts! Registration is required for this event. Call the library at (618) 498-9514 to register.
JPL invites all the little ones (ages 2-6) to a Preschool StoryTime on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. where children will hear delightful stories, participate in silly songs, make a craft and have a chance to socialize with other children their age.
JPL will be holding a Digital Products Workshop for adults on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. Bring your phones and tablets and they will show you how to download and use all of their digital products to access e-books, audiobooks, music, movies, magazines and so much more! They would appreciate registration for this event by calling the library at (618) 498-9514.
Also, the JPL would like to thank those who participated in the Cards for Caring project where participants got Christmas cards to fill out and return for Friends of the Library to deliver to the many nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the community. What a blessing to those who received cards when they otherwise might not have received any.
JPL is saying goodbye to one of their long-time employees, Cataloger Chris Maness, who retired at the end of 2021. Maness received a sendoff celebration on Thursday, Dec. 30, with refreshments and a toast. Maness had been with the library since 1980. She has catalogued materials in the thousands and was the primary Jersey County Fair float builder, having 40 floats to her credit. Maness did not ask for any gifts, but would be honored by a donation large or small to the Library Expansion Project.
Additionally, the library wishes to extend a very grateful thank you to all those who donated to the library this past year through gifts and memorials. The donations will go toward Expansion, programming, materials and so much more.
Just a reminder that WiFi is available to patrons and guests inside the building during regular library hours and also in the parking lot during or after hours every day.
If you are a JPL cardholder, photos are now required for their system to verify identity when checking out materials. If you stop by the library the week of Jan. 3-9 to get your photo taken, you will receive a Book Buck for a free item in the Friends’ Book Sale rooms. If you are unable to stop by during that week, they will still take your picture next time you come in to check out, if your photo is not yet on file.
Please note, the library will be closed on Jan. 16 and 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
So much fun in the New Year at the JPL!