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Bryan-Bennett Library awarded $4,900 Back to Books Grant

Books Bingo game  continues through March

Bryan-Bennett Library was awarded a $4,900 Back to Books Grant from the Illinois State Library through its Library Services and Technology Act program.

The money will be used to purchase additional titles for the Large Print and Audio Book collections at the Salem Library.

As part of the grant project, Bryan-Bennett is holding a BOOK Bingo game for adults, began January 1 and concluding March 26. The goal of this game is to promote circulation of the new books.

Game cards are available at the Circulation Desk at the Library. Each time the patron has a “bingo,” horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, they can bring their card in to enter one of the weekly drawings for a prize. Weekly drawings will be held on Fridays at 1:45 p.m. All weekly entries will then be added to a grand prize drawing. Grant prize winners will be announced on March 30.

New Bryan-Bennett Hours

Beginning January 25, Bryan-Bennett Library will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On January 19, the Library Board extended the hours to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays to accommodate patrons better. The Library will resume its  later closing time when the pandemic slows.

All patrons entering the Library are encouraged to wear a mask.  Patrons and staff will practice social distancing.

The Library meeting rooms will not be available until further notice.

The Friends of the Library Room will be closed. However, the Friends are offering special shelves, located in the circulation area, for patrons to select books that can be purchased.

Until further notice, the Library and the Friends organization will not accept donations of books.


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