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Tax Forms

Tax Time is here, and any paper forms that we receive will be in the vestibule area (most likely in mid-February 2022). If you would like to print your own forms at the library, we will print the first two copies of the FORMS for FREE. You may print out ONE instruction booklet for FREE …

2022 Award Winners

2022 Illinois Bluestem Award Winners 2022 Monarch Award 2022 Rebecca Caudill Award Winners Check out our Google Sheets document (linked below) to see the titles! These spreadsheets also show you if the library has a physical copy, or if you can get a digital copy through Hoopla or CloudLibrary.

Little Kids, Big Emotions

The Spy Kid franchise (2001) -or- Little Nikita (1988) Note/Summary: I wanted to review Little Nikita, the story of an unwitting dependent child of parents who happen to be Russian moles in 1980’s USA. However, the IHLS does not appear to have a copy available for viewing at this time. As the character played by …

Staff Picks

The links below the groupings direct you to various blog posts featuring the listed titles. Happy Reading! -Jenna Dauer, Smithton Public Library District Library Director Tween (5th grade and up) interests:  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin – 2009 Inspired picture books: Thumpy Feet, by Betsy Lewin – 2013 This is Not …

A Few Interesting LinkedIn Learning Authors/Presenters

We added a few new databases this year, with one of them being LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is an award-winning industry leader in online training, with a digital library of over 6,000 courses covering a wide range of technical, business, software and creative topics. Please note that you must have a valid Smithton Public Library District …

Jenna suggests…

Jenna shares her favorite reads from the last year (or so) [2021], including print and audio formats. These would make great gifts! Dirt | Mary Marantz Recommended in Audio format Summary: Mary Marantz shares her story for anyone who has ever walked into the world and felt like their scars were still on display, showing that you are …

Winning Anthologies

Old Venus | by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (eds.) Summary: This collection of short stories visits Venus when we thought it was swampy and jungle-thick with exotic life. Never mind that our scientific observations have eliminated this possibility – the various writers ignore the real acidic atmosphere and create a world both …