Why Support Your Local Library

We Provide…

  • Millions of books from our own library & hundreds of partner libraries!
  • e-books
  • Movies
  • Magazines
  • Internet access (90 minutes free each day for CPL cardholders. More time & guest passes available for $2)
  • Free wi-fi
  • Computer help & classes
  • Hundreds of fun & educational programs for all ages
  • Databases for research; magazine, newspaper & journal articles; genealogy (Ancestry.com & more); grant seeking; resume writing; language learning
  • The library partners with local organizations to build a happy, healthy, compassionate community.

Programs for Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors

We provide approximately 500 programs per year! Here are just a few:

  • Summer Reading Program for kids & teens
  • Creative Writing Workshops for kids & adults
  • Weekly Computer Classes & Open Help for all your technology learning needs
  • Grant Writing Workshops
  • Family Story Times
  • Partners in Reading: children improve reading skills with college students
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Local artist exhibitions
  • Teen Tuesday Events
  • Book clubs
  • Project Next Generation technology program for grades 5-8

And so much more! See our calendar current programs.

$Fantastic Value$

  • $ Books: The average reader checks out 41 books (movies & other items) per year worth $934. Our biggest reader checks out 1,176 books/items per year worth $26,789!
  • $ Project Next Generation: Our technology classes for 5th- 8th graders, as compared to technology camps at SIU, are worth $199.
  • $ Creative Writing: Our writing workshops, taught by professional writers & MFA students, as compared to one writing class at John A. Logan or SIU are worth $291-$1,800.
  • $ Ancestry.com is accessible for free from the library. An individual annual subscription is worth $240.
  • $ Computer Help: Our technology classes and open help sessions for adults, as compared to a year of (virtual) Geek Squad Tech Support, are worth $120.

That’s $1,784 – $29,148 worth of library service per year, per individual, and those are just a few of our valuable services!

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