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Belleville Public Library to Welcome Bestselling Author with Launch of City-Wide Book Club
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 www.wowbrary.org/belleville, 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 www.facebook.com/groups/bellevillereads. 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.
This is sponsored in part by the Bank of Belleville who has generously donated 20 books for patrons to use. To learn more, call 618-234-0441.
City of Belleville Library Services
Services Currently Available at the Main Library; 121 E. Washington, Belleville:
Curbside services are available Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30pm. Patrons may order items online from the catalogue at www.belleville.net/350/Library, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 618-234-0441.
Curbside pick-up services for print, copy, and faxing services are also available Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 email@example.com. 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.
Parking spots will be designated for library pick-up by signage in the parking lot on Washington adjacent to the library. When arriving to the library for the appointment patrons should park in a designated spot, then call the number provided on signs so a staff member can assist.
Computer and Genealogy services are available by appointment only. MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. Computer reservations are for one hour. Due to social distancing guidelines, staff will be unable to provide assistance. Genealogy appointments are for two hours. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (618)-234-0441.
Services Currently Available at the West Branch Library; 3414 W. Main, Belleville:
Curbside services are available Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30pm. Patrons may order items online from the catalogue at www.belleville.net/350/Library, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (please specify you would like to pick up at Branch), or by calling (618)-233-4366.
Parking spots will be designated for library pick-up by signage in the parking lot behind the library. When arriving to the library for the appointment patrons should park in a designated spot, then call the number on the sign so a staff member can assist.
Message from the Director
We are the Belleville Public Library, your lifelong community education and enrichment partner, and we are here when and where you need us most.
As your Library Director, its my job to make sure we continue to build on the proud heritage by offering more dynamic library programming and engaging community opportunities.
We look forward to seeing you at the Library.