Children's Reading and Art Night kicks off on September 18 with Cool Ceramics.  Visit our Children's Program Page for more information.
Blind Date With a Book...Don't miss the return of our popular Blind Date with a Book promotion.  Come in anytime during the month of September, read our list of "personal ads," and choose a blind date sight unseen!  For every book you read, you earn a chance to win a $25 gift card to Casey's.  Write a review for our Book Beat web page and earn two extra chances to win!  50 books in a variety of categories to choose from....Don't miss out on the fun!
Get Hooked On...New at the Library beginning in September...Visit our "Get Hooked On" exhibit and get to know a writer who may be new to you.  Recommended by our patrons, writers highlighted in "Get Hooked On" may be just right for you, too!  This month, get "hooked on" Philippa Gregory, a favorite of Annie Hieronymus.
Community Collections...Every month this year will feature an exhibit in our new Community Collections cabinet in the Library's entry.  Last month displayed Route 66 memorabilia belonging to Betty McLellan.  This month take a glance back to past Fall Festivals and see what it was like in the "old days."  If you have a special collection you would like to exhibit, please talk to one of the librarians.
 About Us

The mission of the Atlanta Public Library is to improve the quality of life of its patrons by expanding their horizons, meeting their learning needs, and enhancing their interests in meaningful and entertaining ways.

Located across from Route 66 Park in historic downtown Atlanta, Illinois, the Atlanta Public Library is a hub of community activity and an attraction for tourists who are making the Route 66 pilgrimage.  Throughout the year, the Library offers a wide range of programs for children, teens and adults.  From reading, arts, and crafts activities for children to outdoor family programming, adult book clubs, writing workshops, programs for seniors, informational programs, and special events, the Library has something for everyone.

Just down the street is the Atlanta Museum which was formerly housed in the Library but which now has its own space in another of Atlanta's historic buildings.  The Museum boasts an extensive collection of archival materials about the history of Atlanta---a superb documentation of more than a century of life in this rural community.  Aiming to make Atlanta the best documented small town in America, the Museum continually adds to its remarkable collection.  Local residents, visitors and researchers find the Museum a treasure trove of photography, public records, historical information and memorabilia.

The Atlanta Public Library and Museum are supported by tax revenue, grants and individual contributions.  Vital gathering places for the community, the Library and Museum offer wonderful opportunities to volunteer and participate in community life.  To find out how you can contribute or become a volunteer, call the Library (217-648-2112) or send an email to:  apldinformation@gmail.com.  Join a fantastic team of people who are committed to making Atlanta a vibrant community that reflects the needs, interests and aspirations of everyone.



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