Seeing the sights in Clinton

If you are a child between the grades of pre-K and 12th grade with a library card, you now have the chance to read off your fines. All you have to do is show up on the children’s floor. Tell the librarian in the room your name and library card number (if you have it). Then just sit down, relax and read. You can read to one of our stuffed animals or Henry our Guinea Pig, or by yourself. For children who can’t read yet, parents can read to their child to get the fine taken off as well.

You’ll receive 25 cents off your fines for 15 minutes. Heads up that if you are in sixth to 12th grade, we’ll ask you to read a minimum of 30 minutes. You can come back multiple times to keep reading your fines down to zero. We’ll tally up everyone’s amounts and update their accounts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get rid of your fines.

This is open to pre-K to 12th graders. You can only read for yourself and you can’t earn credit toward future fines. Time read can also go toward the summer reading program or on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Reading off of fines does not apply to lost or damaged books.


We would like to take this opportunity to give a warm goodbye to one of our fellow employees. Marta Fowler is retiring from the Clinton Public Library after almost 15 years of service. She started part-time with us in July 2003 at the Lyons branch and moved to full-time in 2006 at the main branch, and has been our Circulation Manager for the past five years.

The open house will be in the lower level lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Please join us as we thank her for her years of service.


Morning storytimes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Come join the fun with songs, books and puppet shows. Saturday storytime is on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Evening storytime is on the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.


Minecraft will be taking a break for the summer.


Pokémon Card players ages 7 to 18 are invited to join in and play together in a casual setting on Mondays at 4 p.m. If you'd like to trade cards afterwards you're more than welcome. Pokémon Club is run by teen volunteers on the second floor at the library, meeting on Mondays for June through July. The volunteers will not be at the library on July 9.


For ages 10 to 12, the library will have a week long camp dealing in the world of circuitry and other electronic fun. It will run Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Please call the children’s desk to sign up at 243-5436.


Join us Thursday at 1 p.m. in the programming area of the library to color your cares away. All supplies are provided by the library.


On Wednesday, June 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. prepare to be amazed by the wonders of science. Absolute Science is an amazingly fun and educational program aimed at children of all ages to become engaged in the world of science through our demonstrations and experiments. This will be a live, interactive program, fun for the whole family.


The library will be close July 4.


Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, a spirited performer, a skilled guitarist and captivating tap-dancer. Using his distinct baritone, he sings his hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together. Join us on Friday, July 6, from 10 to 11 a.m.

If you have questions about library programming, call 242-8441. Contact the Lyons Local History and Genealogy branch library by calling 242-5355 from Tuesday through Saturday. You can also access library information by visiting our website at Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Pinterest.

Kendra Evers is a Teen Services coordinator with the Clinton Public Library.