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Upcoming Events

Labor Day

We will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day.

LakeFest -- Sunday, August 31

Lakefest Logo

This free, family-oriented event offers fun for all ages. 

Full schedule can be found at

Enjoy music, canoeing, river boat rides, local history and photography displays, tai chi, nature walk with a doc, and much more. There will be programs on fly fishing, water bugs, bats, and bat house building. 

Belleville Public Library will be sponsoring

Lakefest Stories

and a family performance by award-winning nature educator David Stokes at 1pm. 

Lakefest David Stokes

Read a Romance Month -- August 1 - 31

Celebrate happy endings with us during August's Read A Romance Month.  We've just added almost 100 romance novels to the Library's collection. They are great vacation reading!
Every day in August three different best-selling romance writers will be posting to the site and responding to reader comments. 

Preschool Story Time on Fridays

Storytime will resume on Fridays in September.

Preschoolers, bring your grownup to the library on Fridays at 10am to meet other kids, listen to stories, do a  project, and have a snack.  We have some fun stories and projects planned.

Library News

Music in the Park

Thanks to all who joined us at the Music in the Park concerts this summer.  Despite the rain, 1,447 people attended the nine concerts, and four concerts had between 200-250 people.

We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Chamber of Commerce and Belleville Area Cultural Foundation to provide such wonderful music for the community.

Thank you to the Friends of Belleville Public Library for scooping the sundaes and baking all those yummy treats. Thank you also to the many pie bakers and UB&T for donating the ice cream.  We can't wait for next summer to do it again!

Visit the Friends of Belleville Public Library, Inc. Facebook page to see photos taken at the concerts.

Libraries Help Us Achieve Our Goals

State Superintendent Tony Evers issued an editorial in honor of National Library Week, observed April 13 to 19, and School Library Month.

In the editorial, Evers notes that libraries, like schools, are a place "where we learn what we need to, to achieve what we want to."

See the full editorial here.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Find out more about how 1000 Books can help get your young child ready to learn to read and be successful in school.

Here are the Numbers for 2013

Belleville Public Library checked out 84,408 items to our library patrons during the year, with almost half being children's materials.  Area residents made good use of the shared resources available from other South Central Library System libraries by requesting 30,590 items.  Usage of ebooks from the state-wide Overdrive system increased by 62% to 1,842 for the year. 

Access to high speed internet is an important service for our community.  Our public computers were used  7,657 times or an average of 24.5 times per day.  The number of monthly wireless connections by patron laptops, phones, and other mobile devices more than doubled over the year.

The library serves as an gathering place for our community where residents can meet for conversation, learning, and entertainment.  In 2013, Belleville Public Library hosted 110 events that drew in almost 3,100 children and adult residents.

I Love My Library Because.......

Recently we asked why people love Belleville Public Library.  Look for their responses on hearts around the library or read the complete list at

Download I love my library because