leafMost people think of libraries as spaces for indoor activities, but this late summer and autumn at Midlothian Public Library, we’re directing our attention to the outside world—to nature and our community. Join us as we Go Green in 2017 @ Midlothian Public Library!

Some of you joined us for the Midlothian Tree Walk with the Morton Arboretum in July. If you did and found it fascinating, if you didn’t and were sad you missed your chance, if you are looking to get involved in your community, or if you just love trees, come to the Community Tree Champions Info Session in August (details inside). The Village, the Park District, and the Library are working together to build a small corps of dedicated volunteers who will assist in inventorying and caring for Midlothian’s trees. No commitment is required at the initial session—just come and learn more about how ordinary citizens can make Midlothian a greener, healthier place!

Starting in September, the Library is excited to begin the three-part series, Pushing the Limits: Climate Change Impacts in our Community. These monthly Saturday morning sessions will be co-facilitated by our librarians and a scientist affiliated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The format is simple: read a specific book in advance (recommended but not required), come watch a video about ordinary citizens and their response to extreme weather events, then discuss climate change and what communities can do at a local level to be proactive and resilient. Representatives from our local chapter of Rain Ready will be involved to share specific ways that Midlothian residents are responding to flooding issues in our village and ways you can get involved. See inside for all the details!

So come and join us as we think outside our walls this season and connect with our environment and the people around us! - Jennifer

winter readingsmall"Happy New Year, Midlothian! What’s new at the library? Chromebooks! Starting soon, these laptop computers may be checked out by Midlothian library card holders 10 year of age and older, for up to 2 hours of in-library use per day. You can use these devices to connect to the Internet using our free library Wi Fi, and wireless printing is available. What’s the best thing about these Chromebooks? You can use them anywhere in the library—in the commons, in the café, or in a cozy corner! Looking for a quiet space to work alone or collaborate with colleagues on a project? Use our conference/study room (sign up at Check Out desk).

Looking to try a new kind of book club in 2017? Visit our new Graphic Novel Club for adults and older teens. Want to learn some new computer skills? Check out our newly designed Tech Essentials classes. New programs for our youngest patrons include the “Play, Baby, Play” group for infants and toddlers and the “Shake It Up” music and movement story time.

Some old, familiar programs are coming back too! This January and February we are again offering our Winter Reading program for all ages. Look for details in the Adult, Teen, and Children’s program sections of the newsletter.

In February, the library will observe African American History Month. On Thursday, February 9, from 6:30-7:30 PM, we will welcome back the phenomenal storyteller Oba William King to share traditional African folktales. Our Adult Book Discussion Group’s selection in February will be Homegoing by the Ghanaian author Yaa Gyasi.

The weather outside may be snowy and cold, but there’s plenty going on inside at the Library. Come gather around our fireplace and cozy up with a good book! - Jennifer

The Library will be CLOSED on the following days in December: 

December 9 - Staff Institute Day,

December 24 - 26 - Library Closed for the Holiday,

December 31 - January 2 - Library Closed for the Holiday

winter readingsmallOn November 22, the library said farewell to Director Heather McCammond-Watts. In the short time she was with us, she made a tremendous impact on this library and this community, and we are grateful for her service and leadership. My name is Jennifer Cottrill, the library’s new Director. I’ve worked at Midlothian Public Library for almost four years in the teen, children’s, and adult services departments. As your library’s Director, my main goal is to provide continuity throughout our leadership transition and to provide you, our public, with the best service possible. I want to keep my ears open to your concerns, so please feel free to share them with me as I learn and grow in my new role.

What’s new at the library this month? After many months of hard work, we have launched our new website! Check it out at I think you’ll like its updated style and ease of use. Let us know your feedback!

December, of course, means the holidays. As we’ve done in years past, we’ll run our Food for Fines program November 25 through December 30. Every non-perishable item donated will count for $1 of forgiven fines (up to $10). Food will be distributed to families in need via St. Christopher and St. Stephen Churches. We are also serving as a drop-off spot for the toy drive sponsored by the Midlothian Community Policing Committee and Midlothian Neighborhood Watch. Please be generous in this season of giving.

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! - Jennifer

Fall Reading2Happy ThanksReading! As the weather starts to turn, and the autumn leaves start to fall, my thoughts often turn towards cozy nights spent at home curled up with a fascinating book, or watching an absorbing family movie (with popcorn and malt balls…you should try it!) - Heather