Story times and other fun programs are held each month throughout the year.
Summer Reading Programs:
The library offers several monthly and annual programs for middle-school and high-school aged youth.
Stealth Positivity for Mental Health Awareness Month
Let's pass on some positivity and encouragement for Mental Health Awareness Month. Starting May 1 we will have paper hearts in the monthly book display of the YA section.
How can you participate? It's easy!
Step 1: Take a paper heart.
Step 2: Write your note on the heart. This could be a quote that gives you strength, a short poem that makes you smile, or something else you would like to share with a fellow library patron!
Step 3: Fold your heart and place it in a favorite book for the next reader.
Step 4 (optional): Maybe nudge a friend to do the same.
Educational and social programs are held throughout the month.
Have you thought about becoming an author, would like to write down your family’s stories, or simply love to express yourself through writing? Join this informal writer’s group to share your ideas and writings. Members offer positive support, feedback when requested, and incentive to keep writing. This group is currently meeting via Zoom on the third Wednesday evening each month. For more information, please email Brenda Troth.
Program in a Bag
April's Program in a Bag:
Take and Make Pollinator Seed Bombs
Until we can do in-person programs again, we have a new Program in a Bag for adults. Every month there will be a new themed bag with a craft, book list, and other activities! For April we'll celebrate Earth Day with Take and Make Pollinator Seed Bombs!
Pick up starting Thursday, April 22.
*First come, first served. While supplies last.*
A Fireside Chat with Alex Kotlowitz
Join us on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 PM for a fireside chat with journalist, author and filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz. Alex’s most notable books are An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago and the award winning national bestseller There Are No Children Here. Known not just for print, our guest also won an Emmy for the 2011 documentary The Interrupters.
Our fireside chat will be moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich. Alex and Mary will have a forty-five minute wide ranging discussion followed by about fifteen minutes to answer your questions.
Thursday, May 6 | 7:00 pm
Free program. Registration for this program has ended. Due to the limited number of seats available, no late registrations will be accepted!
A Snapshot of Mental Health First Aid
Join us on Zoom to get an overview of the most common mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, and psychosis) including how to recognize them and how to respond. Participants will also be given information on how to attend a full Mental Health First Aid class and become certified as a first aider if you so choose.
Wednesday, May 26 | 6:00 pm
Free program. Registration required before 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 25.
Temple Grandin | The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's
Temple Grandin, PhD, is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin addresses the real issues of autism that parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. She offers helpful dos and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her insider perspective and a great deal of research.
This event is presented in partnership with Alpha Park Public Library, Ayer Public Library, Brimfield Public Library District, Chillicothe Public Library District, Fondulac District Library, Henderson County Public Library District, Illinois Prairie District Public Library, Morrison and Mary Wiley Library, Morton Public Library, Peoria Public Library, and Tremont District Library.
Thursday, May 27 | 6:00 pm
Free program. Registration required.
We try to offer monthly programs for everyone in the community!
U of I Extension Master Gardener Plant Clinic
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Master Gardeners back for their plant clinics! Bring your gardening questions, landscape problems, and unidentified plant and insect samples to the Eureka Public Library and get free information and advice from University of Illinois Extension Woodford County Master Gardeners. You'll find their table outside on our side porch, weather permitting. In the event of bad weather, the table will be set up in the magazine room.
Monday, May 17 | 4:30 pm
Free program. No registration required.
Find the Golden Tickets!
As an early kick-off for the READING COLORS YOUR WORLD Summer Reading program, we have hidden 72 Golden Tickets in books throughout the library. When you find a ticket in an item you've checked out, fill out the info on the back and then turn it in at the adult circulation desk to redeem your prize!
Pages of Eureka project
Pages of Eureka is a new program to get everyone in the community involved in sharing their stories. We have themed journals for different age groups (children, YA, and adult) that will be in circulation.
Patrons are encouraged to check out one of the journals, add up to 5 pages of unique content, and return the journal for the next person to read and then add their own contributions. We are starting out with 12 journals (4 per age group), but hope to add more with additional themes in the coming months!
Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project
This year’s contest kicks off on April 1, 2021, and submissions will be accepted through May 31, 2021.
Prizes and Eligibility include:
The winners of this contest will receive:
Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:
Submit your work at:
Thursday, April 1 - Monday, May 31
Mental Health Awareness Month
For Mental Health Awareness Month, we will have book displays featuring fiction and nonfiction books about mental health throughout the library. Learn more about the very important Mental Health First Aid courses with the virtual program, A Snapshot of Mental Health First Aid. We'll also highlight our other mental health resources on Self-Care Saturdays.
Begins May 1
Every Saturday in May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we will highlight one of the many mental health, mindfulness, and self-care resources available to our library patrons!
Mental Health Awareness BINGO card
Mental Health and Mindfulness videos on Kanopy
Want to learn more about mental health conditions? Kanopy has a curated collection of Mental Health films to view.
Additionally, there are a variety of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga videos from The Great Courses - which don't count against your Kanopy credits! For example:
Annual Book Sale
The Friends of the Eureka Public Library will be holding their annual book sale during the Eureka Community Garage Sale on Saturday, May 15. Stop by at the library between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm for some bargain prices on books, movies, and more. Donations of clean, gently used books for the sale will be accepted at the library between May 3 and 14 during open hours.
Saturday, May 15 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
READING COLORS YOUR WORLD