Comfort Food Makeovers

University of Illinois Extension has partnered with Illinois Prairie District Public Library to present Comfort Food Makeovers.

Comfort food gets a makeover! We’ll lighten up some of your favorites so you can enjoy these delicious dishes without the guilt. Presented by Nutrition & Wellness Educator, Jenna Smith, MPH, RD.

October 19 at 10:00 am at our Metamora location. Attendees will receive a recipe book, cooking demonstrations and a food tasting.

Spooky Stories

October 11
Metamora – 5:00 PM
Germantown Hills – 6:30 PM

Mike delivers the best in silly, spooky, funny and thought provoking stories and musical selections that will produce a little bit of a shiver and a lot of smiles.

Fall Story Hour

Story time at your local library this fall!  Join in the fun, starting the week of September 5th, children aged three to five years old may attend any of the sessions of the eight – week program at any of the six branches of Illinois Prairie District Public Library.

Parents may sign their child up each week at any of the six locations: Benson, Germantown Hills, Metamora, Roanoke, Spring Bay, and Washburn.  They do not have to be present for the whole series or attend the same location each week.  The library service is free, but there are a maximum number of children allowed.  Any questions please call 309-367-4594.

The following schedule will be in effect from Sept 5th through Oct 26th.

    Tuesday:  Metamora 11:00 a.m. and Roanoke 1:00 p.m.

    Wednesday:  Benson 11:00 a.m. and Washburn 1:00 p.m.

    Thursday:  Germantown 11:00 a.m. and Spring Bay 1:00 p.m.

LEGO® Club @ Metamora

The Illinois Prairie District Public Library is pleased to provide a new monthly program opportunity for children of all ages. The next LEGO® Club at our Metamora location will be on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 AM until noon. During that time, patrons will be issued challenge cards and given a chance to complete the challenge and display their creations! There will also be plenty of time for free building. All creations will be labeled and prominently placed in our display case for public viewing until the following month.

Maker Mondays

Over the coming months the Illinois Prairie District Public Library is pleased to offer Maker Mondays for tweens and teens. This after-school program will cover various science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) topics and be available at each of our branch locations. Beginning at the Benson branch on August 21 at 4:00 PM, we will be adding simple motors to toothbrushes, turning them into racing bristle bots!

Click here to see the complete Bristle Bot schedule.

Total Solar Eclipse Program


Special guest Ryan Deters, a solar system ambassador, will visit the Germantown Hills Branch to help prepare us for the upcoming total solar eclipse that takes place on August 21st. Attendees will receive free event eclipse glasses for safe viewing of the total solar eclipse. Additionally, children and teens will be invited to stay after the guest speaker to make a sun cookie to take home with them.

When: August 10, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Germantown Hills Branch