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Upcoming Events

Book Discussion -- Sept. 25

September's book selection is I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. You may have heard of Malala.  She is a young Pakistani girl who stood up for her right to an education and was shot in the head while riding a bus home from school.  Her miraculous recovery and journey to become an international spokesperson for education and women's rights is a wonderful story.  This fall I am Malala is UW-Madison's Go Big Read selection.  High schoolers and adults are invited to discuss Malala's story at the Library on Thursday, Sept. 25. at 6:45.  Copies of the book are available at the Library.

I Spy Early Release -- Sept. 29

I Spy books are so cool!  Have you ever thought about making your own?  On Monday, Sept. 29, at 1:30 we will be creating I Spy pictures for our own I Spy book.  Meet at the Library to help us work on this project.

Adult Knitting Group -- Oct. 2

The Library's monthly knitting group will resume on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30.   Knitters of all abilities, including beginners, are welcome to chat and knit with us.

Teen Writer's Workshop -- Oct. 13

Christine Keleny will present a Teen Writer's Workshop on Oct. 13 at 1pm for grades 6 and up.

Sergeant Stubby -- Nov. 6

National Geographic author Ann Bausum will talk about Sergeant Stubby, a famous WWI dog, on Nov. 6 at 7pm at the High School Auditorium. Bausum's two books Sargeant Stubby and the young readers edition Stubby the War Dog are available at the Library.

Trivia Night - Nov. 8

Mark your calendar!  Trivia Night will be Saturday, Nov. 8,  at 7pm at Schwoegler's Sugar River Lanes.  This fun event will be hosted by the Friends of Belleville Public Library.

Preschool Story Time on Fridays

Storytime will resume on Friday, Sept. 5th.

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