Friends are hands-on supporters:
$650K in 50 years to the library

Friends members give their time to sort books and cashier in our FriendShop Bookstore, raising funds that support reading programs and helped build our new library.

At a recent meeting, the Library Friends celebrated their 50th anniversary and more than $650 in support over that time. How impressive!

Highlights from those contributions include:

• Summer Reading programs for children, teens, and adults
• Community-wide reading programs, including C-U Reading Fahrenheit 451, Big READ, and Meet a Hero@Your Library

• Author visits
• In Concert @ the Library Sunday music series
• Summer music series for children and families
• Annual Juneteenth Celebration
• U. S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser visit

• New library building ($50,000 gift)
• Peter Sis murals in children’s area
• New library website
• Landscaping improvements
• Bookmobile decorations for the 4th of July Parade
• iPads and activity cubes for the children’s area

• Books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs for all ages
• "Read Me a Future" packets for newborns
• "Ready Set Read!" early literacy kits
• What I Like! original music CD for young children
• Buses to bring first graders to the library
• Teen programs, including STEAM camps and afterschool activities

• Online resources like, Zinio, and Hoopla

Friends sorting books

You Can Help

The Friends need help sorting and pricing books for sale in the FriendShop and online. Cashiers are needed during shop hours. To volunteer or learn more, call the FriendShop at 217/403-5395 or send e-mail to

Donate gently used books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs

Find out more about what you can donate to the FriendShop.