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Belleville Public Library Launches Belleville Reads Book Club

Belleville, Ill. – October 9, 2020 – The City of Belleville’s Public Library will launch Belleville Reads: A City-Wide Book Club starting Mon., Oct. 19

 “We’re exploring ways to keep the sense of community around the library given the restrictions of the pandemic and thought this would be a great way to get a variety of individuals together to celebrate reading even though we’re apart right now,” said Director of Libraries Leander Spearman.

 The first book the club will read is "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. This novel looks beyond the issues of race and explores reasons people feel pulled to live as something other than their origins, according to the author.

 The library will have several copies that patrons can check-out with their library card; patrons can order the book at-cost through the library; or patrons can purchase a copy on their own.

 The Belleville Public Library works with Amazon and for novels ordered through the library’s unique portal, at, the library will receive a rebate for the purchase.

 There is no cost to participate and patrons can discuss the book and participate in interactive events through the library’s Facebook group at The club is open to those 18 years and older as some content is not appropriate for children. A new book will be selected two or three times a year.  

 To learn more, visit or call 618-234-0441.

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City of Belleville Expands Curbside Library Services 

Belleville, Ill. – September 24, 2020 – The City of Belleville’s Public Library is expanding its curbside pick-up services to now include print, copy, and faxing services, available at the Main Branch, 121 E. Washington St., starting Sept. 28. Services are available Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Patrons interested in these services should call (618) 234-0441 to set up an appointment time. Documents that need printed, copied, or faxed may be emailed to When arriving to the library for the appointment, please call the library to notify them of your arrival and a staff member will come out to assist you. Patrons are asked to wait in their vehicles. Cash is accepted if the patron can provide exact change, but pre-payment via credit card transaction of $5 or more is preferred. Faxing costs $1 per single-sided page, and printing and copying are $0.20 per single-sided page if in black and white, or $0.50 per page, if in color. 

If requesting service via email, include name, phone number, and indicate the type of service requested along with the attached documents. Please provide the fax number to where items should be faxed, if requesting that service. All payments are required in advance of receiving service. Documents will not be printed, copied, or faxed from a flash drive at this time. 

For questions, contact 618-234-0441 or visit 


Belleville Public Library Expands Curbside Pick-Up Starting Aug. 3

Belleville, Ill. – July 22, 2020  – Beginning Mon., Aug. 3, the Belleville Public Library will expand its curbside pickup services to library patrons. 

 Curbside services will now be available Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Patrons may also request items from other libraries throughout the State of Illinois. 

 Patrons may order items online at, via email at, or by calling 618-234-0441, and pick up is at the main branch, 121 E. Washington, Belleville.  

Five parking spots will be designated for library pick-up by a traffic barricade and signage in the parking lot on Washington adjacent to the library. Patrons should park in defined spot, then call or text the phone number provided on signs, and should provide their name, library barcode, and space number. An employee of the library will then deliver the items to the patron’s trunk. 

There is a limit of 10 items per account and one library account can be utilized per household. If in the case library staff are unable to fill requests for a specific title, staff may make substitutions based on availability of material. 

For more information, visit


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