The Youth Services Department has made some changes to our events calendar that we are very excited about! We have added events for middle grades and a second night event. We have also changed the days/frequency of some of our previously held programs. Take a look at all we have to offer

The reviews are in. The contest is complete. Congratulation to David Grimes for his winning submission (see below).

The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
New York (1984)
5th Printing (1997)
November 1, 2018
Cisneros gives virtual tour of inner city hope with 'House'
Novelist Sandra Cisneros knows what it feels like to be on the outside looking in.   
In her piece 'The House on Mango Street', she endeavors--and succeeds in an admirable manner--to take the reader on a personal tour of her growing up years in Chicago's inner city so that she can share the feeling that that experience brings with it.   Each chapter/vignette gives snapshot glimpses of what alternating feelings of being shunned and included are like and how they are a universal part of the human experience.  They argue convincingly how each of us truly do possess more value as part of the whole than how any one individual does alone.
It is always an adventure worth embarking on to take a glimpse through a lens different than our own to observe how the world orbits in a universe that includes so many different life experiences.
Cisneros' collection of prose--that reads more like poetry--offers the reader opportunities to crawl inside the skin of others not only from the perspective of different stations in life, but from a range of ages and seasons in life.
One vignette introduces the reader to a neighbor whose wife and young son come from Mexico to visit the husband/father only to discover the man has a mistress who has seduced him into a life of infidelity.
In 'No Speak English' the mistress, it is revealed, is not a flesh and blood adversary, but is the man's addiction to speaking the language of his new homeland.  The woman's heart breaks at story's end when the child begins to sing a soft drink commercial he has learned during the visit to his father. 
Cisneros' talent as a novelist enables the reader to hear colors, visualize sounds and feel the taste of loneliness.
A tour through the neighborhood where 'The House on Mango Street' is found is worth the experience of a personal tour for everyone who has a zeal for life in its fullness.  This is my second reading of the work. 

I'll be back for a third.

Pick up a winter reading packet for youth birth-17 starting Saturday, December 15th, or register online. Each time you read a book, check it off your bingo sheet. Once you earn a bingo, bring it to the library for a prize! Sheets must be submitted by Friday, March 1st. 

The Warren County Public Library have 2 passes available to be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis to patrons with a valid, and in good standing, WCPL library card. The pass can be checked out for one week, no renewals.  Holds can be placed only in person or by calling (309) 734-3166. The pass includes general admission for the individual or the household.

Please note that passes are non-transferable. Borrowing patrons may be asked for photo identification or their library card, in addition to the pass, to gain admission to the museum.

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Things are looking bright in the library due to an Ameren grant, which allowed us to change out our florescent bulbs with energy efficient, LED light bulbs. The new lights are brighter and use half the watts—a great savings for the library! Thank you Ameren for contributing $2,790 towards our project.


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Fall/Winter hours have begun at the Monmouth branch. The library is open Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm, and Friday and Saturday 8am-5pm. Closed on Sundays.

The Warren County Public Library and Warren County Genealogical Society now offer Library Edition. Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story. (Access available only in the library.)

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The Warren County Public Library would like to recognize the following individual for her many years of service on our Board: Nancy Gossett -- 26 1/2 years.

Mrs. Gossett has been the Secretary since her first meeting on May 13, 1991. We will miss her as a Trustee. Thank you Nancy!

Were you aware that eBooks and audiobooks can be “borrowed’ from your library? The Warren County Public Library has memberships with two downloadable services, Alliance Digital Media Library (ADML), and eRead Illinois. ADML has 1,632 downloadable audiobooks and 7,014 ebooks.  eRead Illinois has 4,506 audiobooks and 26,198 ebooks. What does this mean? This means you can borrow a book, anytime, anywhere.


The Warren County Public Library offers a broad assortment of materials that are available to check out or use.  From newspapers to DVD's, the Library has an extensive collection of items.  Below is a list of the types of items available to check out or use at the library.

  • Books
  • Large Print Books
  • Audio Books
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
    • Daily Review Atlas (Monmouth)
    • Journal Star (Peoria)
    • Oquawka Current
    • Register Mail (Galesburg)
    • Wall Street Journal
  • Videos and DVD's


Special Collections

There is also a small collection of special materials available for use at the library.  These items are not available for check out, but they may be used while you are at the library. Below is a list of items available.

  • The Lincoln Collection
  • Sheet Music




Services At Main Library

The Library also provides many services to people looking for help.  They can help you with all your information needs through reference assistance.  If you can't find what you're looking for, stop in, e-mail, or call us during open hours.  Below is a list of services available at the library.

  • Copy Machine (fee)
  • High Speed Internet Computers and Printers (fee for printing)
  • Fax 309-734-5955 (fee)
  • Meeting Rooms available by reservation
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Reference Assistance
  • Proctoring, call 309-734-3166 for more information
  • Laminating (fee)

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