Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Hours

The library will be closed the evening of December 31 and all day January 1.
Happy New Year from all of us at Paxton Carnegie Library!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lego Club

Here are some of our favorite creations!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Library News

New Discussion Group Forming at the Library...
Are you hoping to receive a new Nook, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, laptop, or digital notebook soon?  Or are you still trying to figure out the device you got last year?  Let’s figure this out together!  A new technology discussion group is forming at the Paxton Carnegie Library, giving people a chance to talk about their tech issues, compare notes, and most important: learn how to download free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.  If you are interested in joining an informal tech discussion group, or if you have knowledge about digital devices you’d like to share, please call the library: 217-379-3431 and ask for Anne; or just send us an email at If there is enough community interest, we will seek out mentors and schedule a meeting date.

The next meeting of the Library Lego Club will be Monday, December 29, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  This is a free, non-competitive activity on the last Monday of each month, for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. We share all the Legos and Duplos and build whatever we like! Pictures of the finished products are posted on the library Facebook page and on our blog:

Preschool Story Hour is still going strong at the library. Preschool-age children and their parents enjoy Story Hour every Thursday morning at 10 in the children’s library. Hear both classic and new stories for the very young, take part in a simple craft time, and check out your favorite read-to-me books on Thursday. The program room is also the book sale room. Stop by any time and browse for some bargains. Hardback books are a quarter, paperbacks are a dime, and magazines cost a nickel. If you buy some old books, we’ll have room for new ones in the New Year!

Holiday hours for the Paxton Carnegie Library are as follows:  Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Closed the evening of New Year’s Eve and all day New Year’s Day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Hours

The Paxton Carnegie Library will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28. The library will be open Saturday, November 29, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Happy Thanksgiving!

November Lego Club

Some of our Lego creations...

Monday, November 24, 2014

November Lego Club Meeting!

Join us for Lego Club today (Monday, November 24,) from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  This is a non-competitive activity for Kindergarten through 5th grade.   Younger siblings are welcome with a parent. Parents of children 5 and under are asked to remain in the library during Lego Club.
This club meets on the last Monday of each month, in the library basement program room.  Stop by after school and make something amazing! ... or make something mildly interesting... or stick two Lego bricks together and call it a day, we'll still be glad to see you!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Sale

Have you been waiting for a library book sale?  At the Paxton Carnegie Library, you don’t have to wait!  We have an ongoing book sale in the meeting room whenever the library is open.  Help us make room for new books by buying our old ones. Hardbacks are still just .25 cents each, paperbacks are a dime, magazines are a nickel, and movies are .50 cents. 

New Lego Club

Are you ready for Lego Club?  Children in kindergarten through 5th grade (or so) are invited to join this new club, which meets from 3:30 to 4:30 on the last Monday of each month at the Paxton Carnegie Library.  This is a non-competitive, low-key program, just for fun.  Kids can build with Legos, hang out with other kids who like Legos, and maybe even check out some books while they’re here.  We’re starting out with just a few buckets of Legos and Duplos, so donations are always welcome.  Younger siblings may attend, with a parent.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gardening Made Easy

Master Gardener, Cynthia Swanson, presented a program on Adaptive Gardening.  She shared ideas for making gardening less physically-taxing and more accessible for everyone.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gardening in the Library

Container Gardening was the topic of our most recent program at the library.  An informative program was presented by Master Gardener, Mary Dickenson, and she helped participants create their own container garden to take home.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bubble Fun

One of our Preschool Story Hours featured Fun with Bubbles outside!  
Join us in the fall for more Preschool Stories and Activities.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Master Gardeners Program Today!

Today's the day! At 1pm on Wednesday, June 4th, Master Gardener Mary Dickenson will present a special program on Container Gardens. This is a "make it take it" workshop. Mary will help you make your very own beautiful container garden to take home and enjoy or give as a gift. There is a $15 materials fee. Join us for this fun program in the library Meeting Room from 1 to 2pm today. Walk-ins are welcome!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Adult Education

Thinking about going back to school?  An Eastern Illinois University Representative is at the library today, to answer all your questions.  Stop by to get information on how you can go back to college through EIU.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Master Gardeners at Paxton Carnegie Library

The public is invited to enjoy a new gardening program at the Paxton Carnegie Library this spring.  Beginning May 14, area Master Gardeners will bring us an enlightening series for both experienced and beginner gardeners.   Mary Dickenson will present the first program, Annuals and Perennials, from 1 to 2pm on May 14th.  Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge to attend.  Next on June 4: “Container Gardens.”  This will be a hands-on workshop.  There is a $15 fee for materials, and participants will be able to take home their new creations.  On June 17, Cynthia Swanson will present the “Adaptive Gardening” program.   If there is sufficient interest in the series, another workshop may be added in August.  This series is a unique opportunity to learn from Master Gardeners.  Participants may attend one, two, or all three of the programs from 1 to 2pm on May 14, June 4, and June 17.  Please register by calling the Paxton Carnegie Library at 217-379-3431.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Come In From the Cold!

The Paxton Carnegie Library is open today, Monday, February 17th!  Please use the side entrance on West Orleans if possible, as there is not enough salt in the world today to melt all the ice on those front steps.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Good Day to Read

The library will be open at noon today, February 5th.  Our landline phone is not working, but we do have public internet access... and all the books are working just fine!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Stop on By

The library is open!  Come on in and warm up with a good book!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Closed Monday

The Paxton Carnegie Library is closed today, Monday, January 20, 2014.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The library is open today, Tuesday, January 7th!  From noon until 5pm and 6:30 to 8:30pm, come on in and warm up with a good book!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Paxton Carnegie Library will be closed on Monday, January 6.