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Locations:

Main Library - Channahon
25207 W Channon Drive
PO Box 300
Channahon, IL 60410
Phone: 815-467-6200
Fax: 815-467-4012

Minooka Branch
109 N Wabena Avenue
PO Box 370
Minooka, IL 60447
Phone: 815-467-1600
Fax: 815-467-1632

Adult Services, Information and Events

Zinio Database changes to RBdigital

  • Our online resource for full digital magazines, Zinio, is changing its name.  The website is now called RBdigital, and can be found with more information on our online resources page with the new name.  The website and account login information has not changed, other than the new logo, but the app has been updated.  When searching for the app, use "RBdigital," which looks like this icon  .  If you already have Zinio downloaded, you will need to redownload the new RBdigital app.  Previous magazines will disappear from your app (but remain in your online account), just visit your account to access and recheckout those titles you previoiusly had downloaded.  The previous Zinio app will no longer work come September, so let our staff know if you have any questions! While the apps are pretty similar, look for updates coming soon with step-by-step guides on using the new app.


     

Upcoming Bus Trips

  • Chicago Botanic Gardens

    Join us as we visit the Chicago Botanical Gardens this summer!  Registration is required for each person, with payment due at the time of registration.  A waiver must also be signed for the trip per person.  Please visit our events calendar for more details.

    When: Tuesday, August 8
    Where: The bus leaves promptly at 12pm from the Channahon location
    Cost: $20 per person gets you a seat on the bus and admission to the Botanic Gardens as well as the Gardens' Lenhardt Library & Rare Books room
    Who: For ages 10 and up
    *Trip Waiver can be found at either library location and is due Friday, August 4

     

    Les Miserables

    Visit Chicago with us this fall on a musical bus trip!  Tickets go on sale July 10th.  Registration is required for each person, with payment due at the time of registration.  A waiver must also be signed for the trip per person.  Please visit our events calendar for more details, coming soon.

     

    When: Wednesday, October 11
    Where: Cadillac Palace Theater; The bus leaves promptly at 5:30pm from the Channahon location
    Cost: $85 per person includes a seat on the bus and ticket to the show
    Who: For ages 5 and up
    *Trip Waiver can be found at either library location and is due Wednesday, October 4th

     


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Summer Reading 2017

  • s.t.e.a.m. flower READING Adult with stack of booksBY DESIGN

    JUNE 12 - JULY 28

    EARLY REGISTRATION JUNE 5-9, 2017

    Log your summer reading online beginning Monday, June 12 and continuing through Friday, July 28.  Select the link below to register or log into your Summer Reading Program account.

    Adults

    Techie Teens: Tweens & Teens

    Elementary Engineers: Independent Readers

    Mini Makers: Pre-Readers
    Your username must be last name,  first initial, year of birth.  So if you are Joe Smith, born in 1960, your username would be smithj1960.

    Visit our Summer Reading Page  for more information!


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What's In Your Backyard? Minooka's Mastodons

  •  Art by Charles R. Knight. American mastodon enjoying the warmer habitats of the last Ice Age.In 1901 in small-town Minooka, farmer John Bamford worked his farm.  As he dug in his backyard, widening his spring-fed well, he came across something strange.  At first, he thought the obstacles were tree trunks, but upon closer inspection, the ‘trunks’ turned out to be huge bones, teeth, and other parts that didn’t belong to any creature he recognized. Mr. Bamford kept his finds, storing them in his cellar.  Several years later, after hearing rumors of this strange find, George Langford Sr. traveled down to Minooka to retrieve the fossils and bones, in turn handing them over to the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.

    Thanks to the generosity of the Field Museum of Natural History, Head of Collections William Simpson, and the Gantz Family Collections Center at the Field Museum, these bones have returned to Minooka for a limited time.  Take a peek into the prehistoric past and visit these unique specimens in person at the Three Rivers Public Library District’s Local History Museum housed at the Minooka Branch at 109 N Wabena Ave in Minooka, IL.

    The museum will be open for visitors during library hours on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month beginning in August.  The museum will also be open Monday evenings.  These hours are subject to change.  To schedule a viewing during other library hours, contact Three Rivers Library’s Local Historian Michele Houchens at 815-467-1600 x207.

     Photo Caption: George Langford Sr. sits with the mastodon tusk found on the Bamford farm in Minooka in 1910.  Mr. Langford was instrumental in bringing the find from Minooka to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL.  Photo courtesy of George Langford, III, Sc.D.
    Photo Caption: George Langford Sr. sits with the mastodon tusk found on the Bamford farm in Minooka in 1901.  Mr. Langford was instrumental in bringing the find from Minooka to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL.  Photo courtesy of George Langford, III, Sc.D.


     

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