Story times and other fun programs are held each month throughout the year.
Second Saturday Pop-Up in the Children's Library
Join us every month for our new Second Saturday Pop-Up in the Children's Library! Each month will have a new theme and activities. Stop by and have fun!
October theme: LEGO
Storytime 10:00 AM
Activity stations 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Saturday, October 9 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM
EPLD's new Reading Buddies program is to encourage and provide opportunities to improve literacy skills, self-confidence and create a fun reading experience!
Reading Buddies is currently a 6 week, after-school program for children 4th grade and younger. Each child will have a stuffed animal as their reading buddy. The Reading Buddies program will take place at Eureka Public Library in the children’s library.
On their reading day, each child will sign in upon arrival and get their reading buddy and books. Each child will sign out by a parent, guardian, or family member.
A library worker and/or volunteer will be in the children’s library to help and assist the readers. The library will provide a snack and books during the reading program.
November 12 will be our Reading Buddies party and each child will receive a prize, their reading buddy, and certificate for completing the reading program.
Registration starts now. To register, please email your child’s name, age, and parent contact information to Miss Angela at email@example.com or call 467-2922 EXT. 4!
Friday, October 1 - Friday, November 12
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3:15 - 4:00 PM
Free program. Space is limited. Registration required!
The library offers several monthly and annual programs for middle-school and high-school aged youth.
October is TEENtober!
Celebrate TEENtober with us all month long! Check out a book from the Teens' Top Ten book display in the YA area (and vote for your favorites!), grab a Teen Take & Make Kit (starting October 7), and join us for Teen Movie Night on October 14!
All October long!
Teen Take & Make Kit
Pick up your Teen Take & Make Kit at the adult circulation desk starting Thursday, October 7! Each kit will have supplies and instructions for a TEENtober craft, instructions for an additional craft to make with supplies from home, and more!
Pick up starting Thursday, October 7. Ages 12 - 17.
*First come, first served. While supplies last.*
Educational and social programs are held throughout the month.
Book Club meets the first Thursday of every month!
Book Club is has a participant limit of 12, and is currently full. Please fill out the contact form if you would like to be considered when a spot opens up.
Make & Take Cards
Join instructor Debi Smith for a fun night of paper crafting at the library. You will make two to three different types of cards and take your creations home at the end of the evening. Class fee is $2. Register at the adult circulation desk.
Monday, November 8 | 6:00 PM
Program open to patrons aged 18+. $2 class fee and registration are required.
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.
Woodford County Sewing Guild
The Woodford County Neighborhood Group of the Central IL Sewing Guild meets at the library every third Thursday of the month from 3:00 - 5:00 pm!
At the next meeting on Thursday, October 21 attendees will help assemble pieces to make bibs for the Crittenton Crisis Nursery in Peoria. All persons interested in sewing are welcome to attend. No sewing experience will be necessary for this activity.
If you have any questions or wish to attend the meeting via Zoom, please email Robin Staudenmeier.
Program in a Bag
October's Program in a Bag:
Take and Make Glowing Galaxy Jar
While we have started to slowly roll out in-person programs again, Program in a Bag for adults will continue! Every month there will be a new themed bag with a craft, book list, and other activities! For October we'll have Take and Make Glowing Galaxy Jar!
Pick up starting Thursday, October 21.
*First come, first served. While supplies last.*
Online Author Talk: Dave Kindred
Award-winning author and sportswriter Dave Kindred will talk with attendees and answer questions about his experiences in journalism and his newest book, Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather's Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction.
Kindred, a native of Atlanta, IL, began his journalism career in 1959 and has since been a columnist for multiple publications and authored several books. He is one of only two writers who have earned sportswriting's three highest honors. He is a member of The National Sports Media Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, October 26 | 6:30 PM
Free program. Registration required:
Online Author Talk: Chris Bohjalian
Author Chris Bohjalian, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 22 books adapted into three movies and a TV series, will speak in this live virtual event about his newest release The Hour of the Witch.
This program is made possible by a partnership with other Illinois libraries through the Virtual Programming Consortium.
Wednesday, October 27 | 6:30 PM
Free program. Registration required:
Friends of the Eureka Public Library Quarter Auction
Join us on Monday, November 8 for a night that's a little bit auction, a little bit bingo! Buy a paddle (or two, or more!) and bring a bag of quarters* so that you can bid on the great merchandise. (That's the auction part.) Items up for bid will be offered by local vendors or donated by the Friends. Winners of each item are selected randomly from among those who bid on the item. (That's the bingo part.)
*Dollars can be exchanged for quarters at the event.
Monday, November 8
Eureka Christian Church Fellowship Hall
Doors: 5:00 PM | Auction: 6:00 PM
Playing with the DNA Hand You're Dealt: Third-Party Tools for Researching and Fun
If you have wondered what else can you do with your DNA test results, this program presented by Professional Genealogist Carol Genung is for you. Learn more about the DNA hand you’re dealt while playing with third-party tools. Come learn how to take advantage of these tools to further your genealogy research, learn about your health, and have fun. This will be offered both in-person and via Zoom.
Saturday, November 20 | 10:00 AM
Free program. Registration required before 4:00 PM on Friday, November 19.
Register at the adult circulation desk if you would like to attend in person.
Register online if you would like to attend via Zoom.
We try to offer monthly programs for everyone in the community!
Heart of Illinois Knitters
Looking for a daytime knitting and handcraft group? Stop in and join this informal group of crafters and enjoy each other’s company as you work on your own project. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Not able to make it at 10? Feel free to stop by anytime.
Open to patrons of all ages and abilities!
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!
Webb Origami Week
Pick up your Webb origami packet to make your own version of the James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror and a miniature telescope model! Feel free to share photos of your completed projects with us!
Monday, October 18 - Saturday, October 23
Free program. No registration required.
Silent Reading Night
Have overdue fines on your library card? Stop in to read down your fines at Silent Reading Night! Participants will earn $1 in EPLD Book Bucks to put toward their overdue fines for every 30 minutes spent reading.
Thursday, October 21 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Free drop-in program. No registration required.
Astronomy Night: James Webb Space Telescope
Join us for Astronomy Night, where community members of all ages can learn about the amazing James Webb Space Telescope before the launch! We are so excited to have Dr. Paul Bennet from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland joining us for this presentation! While we wish he could be at the library in-person, Dr. Bennet will be presenting via Zoom. Seating is limited and registration is required. Call the library or register at the circulation desk to attend.
Thursday, October 28 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Free program. Registration required!