Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes, and programs at Chillicothe Public Library District! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
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Events Not Requiring
Saturday, Dec. 31
The following library events do not require registration. For more info, click on the links below.

YOUTHADULT & FAMILY
Understanding Commun
Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 pm
What is community solar and how does it work? What are the options for my household or business? How can I make an informed choice? How much might I save on my energy bill? Panelists from Ameren, Citizens Utility Board, and Illinois Power Agency answer these questions and more in this live virtual event. Register for the Zoom link at https://bit.ly/3DFSti8 or come to the library for an interactive watch party.
Magnetic Slime
Wednesday, May 25, 4:00 PM
Did you know you can make slime that is magnetic? Join Miss Elizabeth in making and discovering the interesting qualities of this unique slime! Due to special ingredients this is for ages 10-18. Registration required.
Illinois Libraries P
Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 pm
Join Jessamine Chan and Emily Maloney for a discussion about the systems of power that impact our lives, our families, and our finances, through the lens of their acclaimed books, "The School for Good Mothers" and "Cost of Living." Sponsored by Illinois Libraries Present.
Adult Game Night
Wednesday, Jun. 1, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Hang out with friends, meet new ones, and play board games! Bring your own game or borrow one from the library's extensive collection. Ages 18 & up.
Book Sale
Wednesday, Jun. 8, 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
Books, magazines, media, & more! Come early for the best selection and return for our $4 bag sale on Saturday. Want to volunteer? Call Lisa for information: 309-274-2719.
Summer Celebration
Wednesday, Jun. 8, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Calling one and all to a Summer Celebration! Live music by Kilborn Alley Blues Band, an emergency vehicle petting zoo, face painting by WildStyle Design Company, balloons by The Unique Twist, adoptable pets from the ARK, an activity with U of I Extension, a huge book sale, and more. Food and snacks available for purchase from Kona Ice, Swanee's Pretzels, and Webb's Cruisin USA. While you're here, you can sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge! (Rain date: June 9)
Book Sale
Thursday, Jun. 9, 9 am-7 pm
Books, magazines, media, & more! Come early for the best selection and return for our $4 bag sale on Saturday. Want to volunteer? Call Lisa for information: 309-274-2719.
Book Sale
Friday, Jun. 10, 9 am-4 pm
Books, magazines, media, & more! Come early for the best selection and return for our $4 bag sale on Saturday. Want to volunteer? Call Lisa for information: 309-274-2719.
Mini Music Camp -  A
Saturday, Jun. 11, 10:00 a.m.
Join Jaasiel for a Mini Music Camp at the library! Your kids will have so much fun learning basic rhythm and learn a special performance to show you at the end of the summer. Music camp will meet June 11, June 25, July 9, and July 23. The performance will take place on August 6 at 10:00am.  

There will be 2 sessions split by age group: 6-9 will meet at 10:00am and 10-13 will meet at 10:35am. Each session will be 30 minutes. Children under the age of 9 are required to be accompanied by an adult for all programs at the library. 

Sign up is required. 
Mini Music Camp -  A
Saturday, Jun. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Join Jaasiel for a Mini Music Camp at the library! Your kids will have so much fun learning basic rhythm and learn a special performance to show you at the end of the summer. Music camp will meet June 11, June 25, July 9, and July 23. The performance will take place on August 6 at 10:00am.  

There will be 2 sessions split by age group: 6-9 will meet at 10:00am and 10-13 will meet at 10:35am. Each session will be 30 minutes. Children under the age of 9 are required to be accompanied by an adult for all programs at the library. 
Sign up is required. 
Book Sale
Saturday, Jun. 11, 9 am-2 pm
Books, magazines, media, & more! Come early for the best selection and return for our $4 bag sale on Saturday. Want to volunteer? Call Lisa for information: 309-274-2719.
Dennis Stroughmatt e
Monday, Jun. 13, 6:30 pm
Fingers and bows flying, Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole takes listeners on a musical odyssey into Upper Louisiana Creole culture. You'll hear a vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds: music that bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries. It’ll make your soul jump, your head spin, and your heart glad to know that it is still here.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Photographing Backya
Thursday, Jun. 16, 6:00 pm
Photographer and wildlife enthusiast Julie Dodge will share simple ways to attract birds, squirrels, deer, and other wildlife to your back yard. She'll offer secrets for photographing them on natural perches for a stunning result and other ways to take engaging photos of animals. You'll also be treated to some of Julie's own photos of backyard wildlife.
An Evening with Kwam
Wednesday, Jun. 22, 7:00 pm
Top Chef contestant and James Beard award-winning chef Kwame Onwuachi will discuss his cookbook My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef. His cookbook celebrates the cuisine of the African diaspora, “the world’s wisest food.” Onwuachi will share stories behind his family’s recipes, and the importance of the connections between cuisine, place, and culture. Register for the Zoom link at bit.ly/June22_KwameOnwuachi or come to the library for a watch party.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). For more information on this speaker please visit prhspeakers.com.
True Crime with Dr.
Wednesday, Jun. 29, 6:30 pm
Dr. Amanda Vicary (Illinois Wesleyan University) will discuss her research on true crime and why people (especially women) like it. She'll also explore two cases of potential wrongful convictions in Illinois that she teaches about in her classes (Barton McNeil and Jamie Snow), and Chester Weger, the convicted person in the Starved Rock murders case. Register for the Zoom link at https://bit.ly/3wE5BTt or come to the library for a watch party.
(Want more? Join our Curiosity & Cheesecake conversation about the book The Starved Rock Murders on June 28.)
Adult Game Night
Wednesday, Jul. 13, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Hang out with friends, meet new ones, and play board games! Bring your own game or borrow one from the library's extensive collection. Ages 18 & up.
Songwriting workshop
Saturday, Jul. 16, 1:00 pm
Whether you're new to songwriting or looking for some fresh tools, you can up your game in this workshop with musician/songwriter Henry Alanna. You'll get the chance to play around with some basic rythmic concepts and rhyme schemes, as well as explore some common chord structures and how to write a melody. Ages 14-adult.
Concert: Henry Alann
Saturday, Jul. 16, 2:30 pm
Henry Alanna is best described as somewhere between an eclectic folk-punk goblin and a heartbroken, soft-spoken beetle, and has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, and the Indigo Girls. They enjoy creating music to find joy in the tragic and hurt in the beautiful. If you enjoy music that speaks to internal truths and quiet revelations, you've come to the right place.
Adult Game Night
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Hang out with friends, meet new ones, and play board games! Bring your own game or borrow one from the library's extensive collection. Ages 18 & up.
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