Gridley Public Library District: Small Town, Big Service

Gridley Public Library DistrictThe Gridley Public Library District (a member of the Alliance Library System) is proving that you don’t have to serve a big population to provide big service.

As the library web site says “Though small, the library itself has a friendly, homey feel that makes it a favorite place for people to sit and read the paper, read aloud to children, surf the Internet, check out the latest bestsellers, or visit with the friendly staff.”

In addition, Director Linda Zimmerman and Laurie Kinsella, in charge of adult programs, have put together programs and services that are both educational, creative and innovative to meet the needs of their community. Through a newsletter, residents of this small town of 1,300 can find out about programs like these:

Civil War Soldiar“A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier.” Dressed in a Confederate uniform, Ted Atkins of Chillicothe talked about all aspects of life during the Civil War from the food they ate to how they dressed to the medical treatment they received to the weapons soldiers used.

As patrons arrived for the program, they were also treated to live Civil War era music Civil War Bandprovided by Dennis Giesel, his two daughters, Emily and Hannah, and David Kuntz. 

“An Evening with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln.” This play takes place in the White House at the end of the Civil War as the President and Mrs. Lincoln (Max and Donna Daniels) reflect on the events of the past four years and their plans for the future. Flashbacks take you to Abe and Mary Lincolnthe beginning of their lives together and forward through the tumultuous years of the Civil War – the responsibilities of the Presidency and the personal traumas suffered by the family. The play ends as the President realizes that it is time for him to leave for Ford’s Theatre. 

  Upcoming programs and services include…

  • Storm Chasers! Eddy Weiss of Chasing 4 Life, a storm chasing team from Hastings, Nebraska will give 4 different programs throughout the day on June 23 for all ages.
  • Adult Summer Reading Program. Why should the kids have all the fun? Adult readers can join a summer reading program and even win prizes for completion.
  • New Watt Reader. The library received a watt reader from a collaboration with ALS and Ameren Illinois Utilities that can be loaned out to patrons. It measures how much electricity it takes to operate an appliance or any electronic device and the projected cost of that electricity.
  • Mike Lockett – Storyteller Extraordinaire. On May 14th Dr. Mike Lockett visits the Gridley Public Library for an evening of storytelling entertainment.
  • New key tag library cards. Hunt no more for that elusive disappearing library card. The Gridley Public Library is issuing key tag library cards that slide right onto your key chain. They even have a picture of the library on the front!

In their own words, the Gridley Public Library District provides a bridge between the history of their community to the present, while keeping an eye towards the future. Keep up the good work GPLD! You’re an Illinois Library Standout.

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