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Dear Library Patrons,

While we are sad that this closure is dragging on, we are happy to keep you informed of what we continue to do to serve you.

New Due Date Extension

In light of the extended length of our closure, all due dates are extended until June 3, and all billing and collections are suspended until that point. Our exact reopening date is dependent upon the Governor's decision to lift the Stay at Home order. We are in the process of planning a gradual, phased reopening of all of our services when this happens.

Infobase Databases

This week we introduce this new set of electronic resources, including Access Video On Demand and Access Video: Just for KidsWorld News DigestToday's Science and more! The username and password for login are on the library's access page for this resource: https://www.midlothianlibrary.org/Infobase

Ancestry Library Edition

Our library's subscription to this popular genealogy tool is normally only available inside the library, but it is now available from your home with your Midlothian library card number: https://swanlibraries.net/ancestry/

Digital Library Card Reminder

Don't forget that you can sign up for a digital library card to access Ancestry Library Edition, eBooks, and more at: https://swanlibraries.net/patron-registration-form/?library=mds

Help Button

If you need assistance signing up for a digital library card, using any of our eBooks or other online resources, or if you just have a question, please click the Help Button at the lower right hand corner of our website. Help Button messages are checked periodically Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and we will make every effort to get back to you by the next business day.

Additionally, all our library services during closure are summarized on our COVID-19 Closure Resources web page for your reference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at the address below.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

While we are sad that this closure is dragging on, we are happy to keep you informed of what we continue to do to serve you.

New Due Date Extension

In light of the extended length of our closure, all due dates are extended until June 3, and all billing and collections are suspended until that point. Our exact reopening date is dependent upon the Governor's decision to lift the Stay at Home order. We are in the process of planning a gradual, phased reopening of all of our services when this happens.

Infobase Databases

This week we introduce this new set of electronic resources, including Access Video On Demand and Access Video: Just for KidsWorld News DigestToday's Science and more! The username and password for login are on the library's access page for this resource: https://www.midlothianlibrary.org/Infobase

Ancestry Library Edition

Our library's subscription to this popular genealogy tool is normally only available inside the library, but it is now available from your home with your Midlothian library card number: https://swanlibraries.net/ancestry/

Digital Library Card Reminder

Don't forget that you can sign up for a digital library card to access Ancestry Library Edition, eBooks, and more at: https://swanlibraries.net/patron-registration-form/?library=mds

Help Button

If you need assistance signing up for a digital library card, using any of our eBooks or other online resources, or if you just have a question, please click the Help Button at the lower right hand corner of our website. Help Button messages are checked periodically Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and we will make every effort to get back to you by the next business day.

Additionally, all our library services during closure are summarized on our COVID-19 Closure Resources web page for your reference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at the address below.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

Due to the Governor's recent announcement extending the Stay At Home order, the library continues to be closed until further notice. During the closure period, we invite you to join us for four weekly online programs on various platforms:

Book Talks | Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Not a traditional book discussion, but a chance to talk about books with other readers, using the Zoom online conference platform. The first meeting will be an orientation to how to use Zoom. Join on a desktop or laptop computer by going to https://zoom.us/j/716484652, by installing the free Zoom app on your phone or tablet and typing in Meeting ID 716 484 652, or by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering the same Meeting ID. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dungeons & Dragons | Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

Prepare for trouble as we try to steal Dragons from the vault in Waterdeep! Join our discord at https://discord.gg/5n5vxFA. All skill levels welcome. We are starting the campaign at level 5. Any questions or comments can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This program is for teens, grades 7-12. It is supervised by an adult library staff member and will follow all behavioral guidelines of the library’s Social Media Policy. You will need a device to connect to the internet.

How-To in a Box | Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm 

Join our weekly broadcast as a staff member interacts with the audience to teach a new skill. This is a FACEBOOK LIVE online event. Be sure to FOLLOW our Facebook page so you do not miss out.

Storytime Live | Fridays, 10:00 - 10:20 am  

Join our friendly Library staff as they take you into the worlds of their favorite childhood authors and sing-alongs. This is a FACEBOOK LIVE online event. Be sure to FOLLOW our Facebook page so you do not miss out. 

Just a reminder that if you need Internet access to participate in any of these programs, we have free WiFi in our parking lot--inside vehicles only for social distancing.

Additionally, all our library services during closure are summarized on our COVID-19 Closure Resources web page for your reference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at the address below.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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What is the Census? Why is it Important?

Every 10 years, the US Census counts every person living in the United States. This count determines the distribution of federal funds to states and local communities as well as communities’ representation in the US Congress and state and local government.

How will the 2020 Census Work?

The US Census Bureau has sent every very household a postcard by mail instructing them to fill out the US Census online. Households will later receive several mailings asking them to respond online or by mail. Then, beginning in May, Census Bureau staff will visit households that have not yet responded to collect responses in person.

How Do I Fill Out the Census Online?

If you received a postcard, you will on it find a 12-digit Census ID. Go to https://2020census.gov/ and type in your code to get started. If you did not receive a postcard (or can't find yours), go to https://my2020census.gov/app/intro/state and begin by typing in your address.

Need Internet?

Free WiFi is available in the library parking lot during our closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay in your vehicle for social distancing.

You Can Also Complete the Census by Phone!

Phone lines are open every day from 6am to 1am Central Time and have operators who speak the following languages:

Library staff wish we could be here to answer your questions about the Census in person. In our absence, please refer to this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Census 2020 website.As always, if you have any questions or concerns about library services in general during our closure, please feel free to email me at the address below.Wishing you safety and wellness,Jennifer Cottrill, Library DirectorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Midlothian Public Library will receive sealed Bids for the renovation of an existing library building envelope and associated site work at the Administrative Office of the Library 14701 S. Kenton Ave Midlothian, Illinois 60445, until May 20, at 1:30 p.m., local time, at which time and place all Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.

The Project Manual including the Advertisement for Bids may be examined at www.kluberplanroom.com. Go to the Public Jobs tab for more information.

All Contracts for the Construction of Public Works are subject to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (820 ILCS 130/1-12).