What’s New at the Library

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Friends of Washington Library Book Sale

It’s time for the spring book sale!

The sale will be open the following dates and times. In order to enter the Friday preview event, you must be a member of Friends of Washington Library or pay $5. You can join FoWL and pay dues that night, as well.

Friday 5:00-7:00 – All items $1 except current bestsellers $2
Saturday 9:00-5:00 – All items $1 except current bestsellers $2
Sunday 1:00-5:00 – All items $1 except current bestsellers $2
Monday 9:00-6:00 – All items half price
Tuesday 9:00-8:00 – Plastic grocery bag full for $3
Wednesday 9:00-8:00 – By donation or free
Thursday 9:00-12:00 – By donation or free

Sale includes thousands of books of all genres and topics. All proceeds go toward adding popular items to the collection, paying for additional programs, covering expenses for the children’s department and summer reading.

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Explore More Illinois

Washington cardholders now have access to passes to cultural institutions throughout Illinois via the Explore More Illinois program!  Click on this link, log in with your library card number and PIN and search for available passes you can reserve.  Participating attractions include the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Kidzeum and more.  New attractions are joining the program all the time!  More information can be found here.

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Wi-Fi Hotspot

The library is now circulating a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot! This will allow patrons access to 4G internet.
-The hotspot checks out to Washington District Library adult cardholders only.
-The hotspot can only be checked out at the Main Library and must be returned to the front desk of the Main Library.
-It checks out for 1 week. It can be renewed for 1 additional week if it does not have holds on it.
-Holds can be placed by Washington District Library adult cardholders to be picked up at the Main Library. It will not be sent through delivery to other libraries.
This is a test program. If it is determined to go well, additional hotspots will be added, for both the Main and Branch libraries.
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Donations for April Book Sale

The library is accepting donations for the Friends of Washington Library (FoWL) spring book sale March 18th-30th.  All donations can be brought to the front desk of the Main Library during normal operating hours.  No textbooks, encyclopedias, VHS, cassette tapes, or Reader’s Digest compilations, please.

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Movie Renewals!

All DVDs and Blu-Ray discs that check out for 7 days (older movies and all TV shows) will now be eligible for one 7-day renewal, as long as the items do not have holds. New movies, which check out for 3 days, cannot be renewed.

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2019 Super Bowls

Every January, Friends of Washington Library (FOWL) sponsors the Super Bowls silent auction.  We ask patrons and businesses to donate any themed basket of items to display for two weeks.  These “bowls” make wonderful birthday gifts and Valentine’s surprises.  Popular themes are sports, food and wine packages, new baby baskets, quilting items, coffees and teas, spa products, reading-themed items, etc.

This year we encourage people to donate “services” like a year of homemade cookies, a day of yard work, etc.  As with all FOWL projects, all proceeds help the library to add to its collection and sponsor events.

Bring Super Bowls to the Main Library from January 14-20.  They will be displayed January 21-February 2.  Questions?  Call Sue at 444-7621.