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The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 19, 2018
in observance of President's Day.

Update On Our After-School Progress

As many in our community know, the library has been dealing with a noise issue for several years, primarily related to junior high students coming to the library after school. The library maintains a clear policy on Patron Behavior. It is posted physically in several locations at the library and available for download below. This applies to patrons of all ages.

Recently, in order to deal with this noise and behavior issue, we were going to institute a procedure whereby junior high students would sign in and show identification (such as a school ID) when entering the library to establish more accountability on the part of those students. If a student did not have an ID or refused to produce an ID, they would still be able to use the library. Access was never denied. Our library’s mission is to allow access for everyone as long as standards of behavior are upheld.

Logistically, the sign in procedure was too burdensome for staff and was not undertaken. We decided to use the Helen Wilson room in the basement as an alternative venue for the junior high students. While downstairs in the Helen Wilson room, the students (under supervision by a staff member and a roving library monitor) would be permitted to listen to music, play board games, eat snacks, and participate in library programs. This is a procedure that another Chicagoland library in Lansing, IL had instituted with great success. The effect in that library was that noise and disorder were greatly diminished in the other open areas of their library.

Our after-school students will still be able to use the actual Teen area upstairs to do homework, make use of the computers, and utilize tutors if they so choose. They are now being offered an alternative if they do not wish to quietly work, study, or use the computers. However, I want to convey to all our patrons that our library Patron Behavior Policy remains in place, and will be strictly enforced throughout the library outside of the Helen Wilson room. Staff will follow the “three strikes” procedure that has been in place since the beginning of the school year. If the behavior continues, upon the third strike, the person will be asked to leave. If a person of any age does not follow our Patron Behavior Policy, staff will ask for an ID. The identification will be utilized in preparing an incident report and documenting the behavior.

We want our library to be a welcoming place for all of our patrons. We believe that the enforcement of our current policy regarding patron behavior, along with providing an alternative space for the junior high age patrons, will result in a great library environment for everyone.

In closing, I am thankful for the discussion our community has engaged in because it continues to give us opportunities to work together for the betterment of all involved. Please know that I'm always willing to listen and am very appreciative of the passion for the library in our community! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas or questions you might have. Thank you so much.


Aaron A. Carlin
Library Director
Flossmoor Public Library


Are you a Flossmoor Library Cardholder?  Do you Love Music?
The Flossmoor Library will have a limited number of family passes available for selected performances of the 2017-2018 season of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO).
Click the image above for detailed information!

News and Events at the Library
 February 12, 2018 - February 19, 2018
Monday, February 12
3:30-4:30pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
There's more to anime than Pokemon and Dragonball-Z.  Come explore anime and manga while we watch movies and read books in this exciting and growing genre.  Registration is appreciated.
ART CLASS with Pat Moore - Work on Canvas! - Part 2 of 3
6:30-8:00pm in the Inspiration Station
We will use acrylic paint and other mediums to create artwork on a 16X20 stretched canvas.  All supplies will be provided.  Wear clothes that can get dirty or bring a smock.  No art experience required though advanced students are welcome.
Registration is required and limited. THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL. 

Tuesday, February 13
TUESDAY TALES - Ages 3-5 with Caregiver
10:30-11:15am in the ATTIC
Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and a fun craft project!  Registration is required.
7:00pm in the Conference Room

Wednesday, February 14
BOOKS and BOOGIE - Ages 3-5 with Caregiver
10:30am-11:00am in the ATTIC
Bring your happy feet as we read some tales and shake our tails!   
Registration is required.

12:00pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
"Seperate Tables" - (1958) with a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes
The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Seperate Tables."
Starring:  Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven
Directed by: Delbert Mann - Movie begins promptly at noon!
Bring your lunch and enjoy a classic movie!!
- Ages 11-14
3:30-4:30pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
Let your creativity shine!  Learn to make different crafts each week.  All supplies provided. 
Registration is appreciated - Drop-ins welcome.

Thursday, February 15
10:00am-12:00pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
"Introduction to Internet and Email" - Must be able to use a mouse
Registration is required and limited.
READ, PLAY & GROW: A Storytime for Babies and Toddlers
- Ages 0-3 with Caregiver
10:30-11:00am in the ATTIC
Please join us for fun activities that will develop and promote early literacy skills for babies and toddlers.  This storytime will introduce a love of books to our youngest library visitors by sharing stories, songs, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, playtime and movement.  Registration is required.
3:30-4:30pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
Did you know that games don't just come on computers?  Come and engage your competitive spirit playing games like Uno, Connect 4, Checkers and Jenga. 
Registration is appreciated.
6:00-8:00pm in the ATTIC
Grab your family for a great night playing board games at the library!  We'll have classics like Uno, Connect 4 and Clue and new favorites like Ticket to Ride, Pandemic and King of New York, but feel frree to bring your own games as well.
Registration is appreciated.

Friday, February 16

10:00-11:30am in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
February's Title:  "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos" by Dominic Smith
Title is available for checkout three weeks prior to the meeting date. 
Join us for this lively discussion!

Saturday, February 17
- Ages 5-10 (Younger children welcome with adult supervision)
2:00-3:00pm in the Youth Services Department (2nd Floor)
Beat the wilter blues with some summer fun!  Come play a book-inspired mini-golf game in the Youth area of the library. 
Registration is appreciated - Drop-ins welcome.

Monday, February 19

LIBRARY CLOSED - President's Day




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