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Food for Fines -- April 12 - 30

Have some pesky late fees on your library card?  From April 12 - 30 Belleville Public Library will take $1 off your late fees for each nonperishable food item brought to the Library.  Juvenile overdue fines can be cleared for 2 food items or $2.  All food collected will be donated to the Belleville Food Pantry.  Sorry, this offer does not include fees for damaged or lost items.  Talk to Bronna about a payment plan for those.

Upcoming Events

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting -- Apr 23

The Friends of Belleville Public Library will hold their annual meeting on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. downstairs at the Library.  Those looking for fun volunteer activities that support your local library are encouraged to attend.  Plans for the upcoming year will be discussed along with the election of new officers.  Social time and refreshments will follow the meeting.
 
Lego Club -- Apr 23
It's time for Legos!  Get creative with Legos at the Library on Wednesday, April 23, from 3:30 - 4:30.
 
Book Discussion -- Apr 24
Join us for a discussion about a true story, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", on Thursday, 4/24, at 6:45 pm.  Henrietta Lacks was a poor African American woman who died of cervical cancer at age 30.  A sample of her tumor, taken without her consent or knowledge, turned out to be a biotech breakthrough -- human cells that could survive in the lab.  Print and audio copies are available at the library.

Culvers Coloring Contest -- through April 30

It's time for the popular Culvers Coloring Contest.  Pick up an entry form and get started.  Kids age 4 - 11 can submit a drawing inspired by a favorite book.  Return entries to the Library by April 30th to get a coupon for a free scoop of yummy Culvers custard.

Preschool Story Time on Fridays

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

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.

Thank You!

A big thank you to the Friends of Belleville Public Library for the wonderful event they planned and put on for us last Saturday to kickoff National Library Week.  About 100 children and adults came out to see the animals and enjoy the other activities.  We greatly appreciate the Dayton Dairylanders and Belleville Busy Bee 4-H club members who brought their animals to the library for others to enjoy.

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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