Flewellin Memorial Library chosen as DCCF Community Needs Grant recipient


We are excited to announce that the library has been chosen to receive a grant in the amount of $550 to purchase a flat screen TV and rolling cart for the purpose of enhancing library programming.  This TV and cart will allow us to host family movie nights, supplement summer reading programs, offer author presentations, and a variety of other community events. We are very grateful to the Dekalb County Community Foundation for this gift and for all that they do to help organizations in our county pursue their missions.

Harvest Basket Winner

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to everyone who purchased tickets and to all the businesses who donated items for the raffle.  With your help we raised $460 for library programming!

Fall Harvest Basket Raffle

basketThe library is excited to be raffling off a Fall Harvest Basket which includes the following donated items:
• $15 dollar gift certificate to the Village Café
• $15 gift certificate to Ka-Ti Flowers
• $25 gift certificate to Jonamac Orchard
• 1 wine tasting and FREE bottle of wine to take home from Waterman Winery
• 1 FREE facial (valued at $55) from Studio One Salon in DeKalb
• $15 gift certificate to The Forge Brew House in Sycamore

Also included: a hardcover copy of James Patterson’s 14th Deadly Sin and the audiobook of Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire, 2 bookmarks, candle, potpourri, candy, fall décor items. Basket is valued at over $200!

Purchase 1 ticket for $5 or get 3 tickets for $10!

Stop in to the library and purchase your tickets, mail us a check (PO Box 190) or drop your payment in book drop box and we’ll enter your name in the drawing. For mail-in entries, be sure to include your phone number. Drawing will be held October 16th. All proceeds from the raffle will be invested in library programming: summer reading, family reading night, holiday events, job training workshops and author presentations. Thank you and good luck!

Got a library card?

If not, we encourage you to come in and get one.  Bring in a piece of mail with your name and address (utility bill, voter ID card, etc)  and a photo ID.  It’s fast and free. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.  A library card is the smartest card in your wallet.                                            PEANUTS_WEB_PSA_375x474

Author Presentation

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Friday, November 6th @ 7 pm

Save the date and plan to join us at the Resource Bank Little Schoolhouse for a discussion by regional author Heinz-Dietrich Suppan.  Mr. Suppan will discuss his book  Remember Indian Creek!  In the Shadow of the Black Hawk War.  This presentation will especially appeal to local history buffs. Copies of his book will be available for purchase on the night of the presentation.  Light refreshments served.

About the Authorsuppan

Heinz Suppan a Springfield, Illinois native, received his Associate of Arts Degree at Springfield Junior College, a Bachelor’s Degree in German and History at Illinois College in Jacksonville Illinois and a Master of Arts Degree at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Suppan has lived in Ottawa for the past 32 years and from 1983 to present has taught German and various history classes at Marquette Academy in Ottawa. From 1989 to 2001 Suppan taught German and several history courses at Sauk Valley College in Dixon, Illinois From 2001 to present Suppan is an adjunct professor of history at Joliet Junior College. At Marquette Academy the author established a one semester class in State and Local History and in this endeavor he developed a deep interest in the events that took place in May of 1832 at Indian Creek, 11 miles north of Ottawa. In September of 2013 Suppan was a featured presenter in Springfield at the Conference on Illinois History, where he discussed the coincidence of the Black Hawk War and the Indian Creek Massacre happening at the same time. Suppan continues to teach at Marquette Academy and Joliet Junior College. He resides with his wife Leslie and their two cats in Ottawa.

Books For Children Grant

libri 4In February we learned that the Flewellin Memorial Library had been chosen as one of the Libri Foundation’s 2015 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipients! The Libri Foundation was established for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children’s books they could not otherwise afford. The Foundation supports the concept that in order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, and expand their horizons.

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The Foundation asks that local sponsors contribute from $200 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books. In early March we received a letter informing us that thanks to an anonymous donation to the Libri Foundation our library was no longer required to provide matching funds. The library received $1,050.00 worth of books absolutely FREE!

We invite you and your children to visit the library and check out our BOOKS FOR CHILDREN displays in the Children’s books for children 1Room and Young Adult section of the library. These beautiful, award winning children’s books have greatly updated our collection and we love seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces as they browse the display and pick out a few to take home.

To learn more about the Libri Foundation visit their website at www.librifoundation.org.

Summer Reading 2015


The library’s Summer Reading program encourages reading throughout the summer months when children are not in school.  The program is FREE and is geared towards children preschool aged through approximately 4th grade.

Children are encouraged to set and meet a reading goal. Those who meet their goal will be invited to a special pizza party where they will be recognized for their accomplishment.  There are also some fun incentive prizes to earn along the way.  Each week we’ll play games, have story-time, and make crafts.  Since this year’s theme is Read to the Rhythm expect lots of music themed fun!

Summer Reading kicks off on Saturday, May 23rd from 11am-3pm at the Shabbona park next to the Lion’s depot.  You’ll want to stop by to sign up for Summer Reading and enjoy some music, food, and a fun, relaxing day at the park.

The program will officially begin on Tuesday, June 9th and will run every Tuesday from 11:00 am-12:30 pm throughout June and July at the library.  

We’ve invited some very special entertainers:  

                                                                                    Chris Mcbrien

June 16th at 2 pm.  Chris McBrien’s the Musical Irish Traveler:  Expect Irish music, singing, stories, and puppets!



June 30th at 11:00 am Misty Swift will present “Little Jammers”:  Misty is a talented musician with a lot of energy. Expect ribbons, drums, dancing, songs, and puppets.


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July 14th at 11:00 am is Tie Dye Day (bring your own 100% cotton t-shirt)  Free event for Summer Readers–$8.00 for non-summer readers.  Must register in advance. Event will take place at park next to Lion’s depot on N. Illini St.



For more information call 815-824-2079 or e-mail shabbonalibrary@gmail.com



Paint a pot for Mom

paint-313662_640Join us at the library on Saturday, May 9th from 10 am-12 pm and create something special for Mom.

Participants will paint a clay pot and plant a small annual flower to present to Mom for Mother’s Day.