Temporary Library Hours

Virtual Programs

We are currently offering virtual programming through videos and activities, and some in-person, outdoor programs. 


Virtual Storytime with Miss Jill Pick up a themed preschool craft while supplies last in the Youth Services area and watch our storytime online. To pick up the craft from the drive-through, call the YS Department when you are on your way!


Virtual Preschool Explorers

Wed, Oct 7, 10:30-11 a.m.


(Ages 2-5) Children will explore topics with hands-on activities in a live session. This month is all about movement!

Both Locations

Family Pumpkin Decorating 

Thurs, Oct 8, 4-5 pm (OSB)

Sat, Oct 10, 10 am-12 pm (BRB)

(All Ages) Celebrate Fall! Decorate a mini pumpkin at one of our library locations. Pumpkins and materials will be provided by the library. Families that register can drop in anytime during the event. In the event of rain, registrants can stop by for a take-home pack. Please wear a mask! Registration is required.

Virtual T-Rexplorers

Wed, Oct 14, 6:30-7:15 pm.


(Ages 3-8) Come on a mini adventure with T-Rexplorers as we tell you tales of things you would see on a real dinosaur dig!


Virtual Literary Legos

Tues, Oct 20, 4-4:45 p.m.


(Grades K-2) Join us on Zoom for a fun story, followed by time to create a Lego scene from the book! Please be sure to have some legos or other building materials nearby.


Virtual What's In Your House? A DIY Costume Party

Tues, October 27, 7-7:45 p.m.


(Grades 5-7) Tweens will have to think on their feet at this costume contest! The theme will be given at the beginning of the program and they will have 15 minutes to come up with a costume using only items found in their room or house. Who can make it work?


(Drop-In) Both Locations 

Guess Who Silhouettes

(All Ages) Come to the library in October and see how many of your favorite book characters you can name just from their shadow.


Virtual Protect Against COVID-19 Investment Scams

All of October


Don't get caught in a COVID-19 investment scam! In this video Terry Paggi, Investor Assistance Specialist from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, provides tips to keep you safe from different COVID-19 related scams.


Virtual Genealogy Basics: Start Climbing Your Family Tree

Thurs, Oct 8, 6:30-8 p.m.


Learn how to get started with your genealogy and family history research. JPL staff member Louise Svehla will share tips for staying organized along with advice for searching for U.S. census and vital records.


Virtual Winston Churchill: The British Bulldog

Mon, Oct 12, 7-8 p.m.


Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in 1945, hear Winston Churchill — portrayed by actor Terry Lynch — tell his story: from his participation in the Boer War as a military journalist, to his time as first lord of the Admiralty, his career in Parliament and finally becoming British Prime Minister in 1940. Come and listen to the British Bulldog as he recounts how he saw England through some of the darkest days of WWII!


Virtual Mid Century Modern Tour

Mon, Oct 19, 6:30-8 p.m.



Join the Genealogy Club on a tour of Mid Century Modern architecture in Joliet. Historian Mary Beth Gannon will be our guide on this virtual adventure.



Virtual Haunted Joliet Prison

Wed, Oct. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Author Wendy Moxley Roe discusses her new book, Haunted Joliet Prison. She will take us inside the jail cells as we explore the history of the prison along with tales of the ghosts that were left behind.


Craft Pickup: Halloween Narwhal Ornament

Oct 1-18


Pick up a kit to make your own "Halloween Narwhal Ornament". Available at both buildings while supplies last. For Adults but other ages welcome.

Craft Pickup: Spooky Bookmark 

Oct 19-31

Pick up a kit to make your own "Spooky Bookmark". Available at both buildings while supplies last. For Adults but other ages welcome.

Sign up now for next month's Program in a Bag offerings. Register anytime between the 1-25 of the month for the following month's bag. Pick-up will be from the 1-14 of each month at the library location you specified in your registration. Bags not picked up by the 14th will be given away on a first come, first served basis.


Program in a Bag: LED Fun

October 1-25 sign-up, November 1-14 pickup


(Grades 4-12) Combine science and crafting and have a blast with our LED Program in a Bag kit!


Program in a Bag: Quiet Time Kit

October 1-25 sign-up, November 1-14 pickup


(Ages 3-5) Want a fun low tech way to keep your preschooler quiet and entertained? Busy bags have simple and fun activities that young children can do on their own.

Program in a Bag: Art Maker Kit

October 1-25 sign-up, November 1-14 pickup

(Grades K-5) Spark your creativity and imagination with craft supplies and idea cards to create your own awesome projects.


Archive: These are programs that we have done in past weeks that you can still check out! 




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