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From the Director’s Desk: A Day in the Life

Ever wondered exactly what our director is doing every day? Here’s a peek into Noelle’s “typical” day:

8am: I arrive at work and before settling into my office, I do a quick walk around the building to look for any problems. I notice the blessing box is nearly empty so I grab some food items and water bottles from our breakroom to restock it (staff may wear blue jeans on Fridays and Saturdays if we donate something to the blessing box.) An indoor garbage can is filling up, so I empty it in the dumpster, and I stop to chat with a regular patron in the parking lot.

9am: Time for emails. I read and respond to emails about new procedures, meeting schedules, library law, new tech purchases, vendor pricing, and donor information. I add a…

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New DVDs — June 2022

June heat got you stuck inside? Grab a movie to pass the time! Here are six recently released movies and tv shows currently available at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!


BILLIONS, Season 6

In season six, the dust clears to reveal a world that has evolved. With Axe gone and Michael Prince assuming his place, Chuck must develop a new strategy that is keener and more sophisticated than before. All the players, from Wags to Wendy, from Taylor to Sacker, and of course Senior, must sharpen their weapons and look for new alliances in order to survive. The…

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Using the Library’s Digital Resources

Here at Galesburg Public Library, we offer a lot more than just books. While you can also checkout things like DVDs, puzzles, cake pans, and disc golf supplies, that’s only the beginning of what we offer.  The library is happy to provide many different digital resources for our patrons. Those resources include: ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION Discover your family history, start your family tree, or search billions of genealogy records including census data, military records, and birth, death, and marriage records. Only accessible through the library’s database computers or on your own device at the library. CYPRESS RESUME Need help creating a new resume or updating an old one? Cypress Resume is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps. DIGITAL IMAGE ARCHIVE The library archives includes more than 12,000 negatives and prints. A selection of those images has been uploaded to the Read more »

New Young Adult Books — June 2022

Staying inside to beat the heat? Grab a book to read! If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!


BRAVELY by Maggie Stiefvater

ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday, love.

TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of…

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From the Archives — June 2022

Here at the Galesburg Public Library Archives, we are extremely proud of our photo collection. With more than 10,000 scanned images (and thousands waiting to be digitized), we have one of the largest collections in West Central Illinois. You can find a selection of these photos on our Flickr account, where we are constantly adding new photos and working to make every one accessible. Here’s a selection of photos you can find on the page.

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New Children’s Books — June 2022

Looking for something to read while you enjoy the sunshine? Look no further for five new children’s titles for you and your kiddos. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold! JUNETEENTH: OUT DAY OF FREEDOM by Sharon Dennis Wyeth On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, a group of enslaved men, women, and children in Texas gathered. Order Number 3 was read, proclaiming that they were no longer enslaved–they were free. People danced, wept tears of joy, and began to plan their new lives. Juneteenth became an annual celebration that is observed by more and more Americans with parades, picnics, family gatherings, and reflection on the words of historical figures, to mark the day when freedom truly rang for all. Children’s, Early Reader THE NATIONAL PARKS: PRESERVING AMERICA’S WILD PLACES by Falynn Koch In Read more »

From the Children’s Room — June 2022

Galesburg Public Library’s Summer Reading program for all ages kicks off on Monday, June 6 and lasts for six weeks, ending on Friday, July 15. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” We’ve got programs, prizes, and more for everyone from babies to adults, and participants can choose to join in the fun virtually or in person (or both!).

Did you know that the Galesburg Public Library has a summer reading program for adults? We do! Get a free book just for signing up. You can participate by using a paper log or online. Complete the reading goals and receive a prize and raffle tickets to win gift baskets. Receive extra raffle tickets for attending adult programs.

Teens aged 13 through 18 (or those entering 8th grade and up) are also invited to participate in this year’s teen summer reading program! Get a free book just for signing up…

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From the Director’s Desk — May 2022

Galesburg is full of extraordinary women, and many of them are contributing to Galesburg Public Library’s capital campaign.

As part of the campaign to raise $3.75 million for the construction of a new building, the library joined the 100 Extraordinary Women program, a national fundraising platform. The library’s goal was to recruit one hundred women to each pledge $1,000 and collectively raise $100,000 for the new building. By May 18, 208 had joined the cause, raising $208,000 and becoming the most successful 100 Extraordinary Women (100EW) campaign in the county. Approximately one third of participants made their pledges in honor or in memory of someone else.

To celebrate the success and thank the community of donors, the Galesburg Public Library Foundation hosted a recognition event at The Vault. The energy in the room was palpable…

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New Young Adult Books — May 2022

Our Teen Advisory Board hand-picked a few titles for our YA section. Take a look! If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!


POKEMON ADVENTURE’S COLLECTOR’S EDITION, VOL. 6 by Hidenori Kusaka

A stylish new omnibus edition of the best-selling Pokémon Adventures manga, collecting all the original volumes of the series you know and love.

Trainer Ruby must battle his scariest opponent yet—his father! Meanwhile, Sapphire is having trouble getting in her quota of Gym battles. One Gym Leader wants to just hand her a badge without a proper fight…

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From the Children’s Room — May 2022

So, let’s talk about the birds and the bees. And the butterflies. And the bats. And the…lemurs? It’s time to talk about pollinators!

These animals are incredibly important. By transferring pollen from one flower to another, they keep the natural world in good working order, and help us grow our crops. About every third bite of food we eat is thanks to pollinators. Plants that rely on insects and other animals include bat-pollinated agave (where tequila comes from), alfalfa (what cows eat), bananas, chocolate, grapes, pumpkins, tomatoes, vanilla, and so many more! Many of us are familiar with butterflies and European honey bees (who also provide us with honey and wax), but what about other bees?

North America has over 4,000 species of native bees! As a whole, they’re better…

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