Parking Lot & Drive-Up Lane

For the foreseeable future, patrons will need to both enter and exit the library’s parking lot from the east. The west half of the lot will be blocked off for construction.

  • The southernmost lane will serve as the entrance. Patrons need to make an immediate left upon entering the lot.
  • The northernmost lane will serve as the exit.

A Drive-Up Lane has been added to the southeast corner of the building. Patrons using the Drive-Up Lane must put items on hold in advance. Signage marks the lane and provides instruction.

Learn more about the library's expansion and renovation project at

Teen Black-Out Poetry Contest

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Age Group:

Registration for this event is no longer open.
Allowed Grades: 6th Grade to 12th Grade

Program Description

Teen Black-Out Poetry Contest

Put your creative skills to good use and earn a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Teens who register for this contest will create a black-out poem of their own design using discarded book pages. When they’re done, they’ll submit a picture of their poem for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card via random drawing from all the entries received.

Beginning April 1, registration can be completed online at, by calling 309.590.6168, or in person at the Adult Services Desk. During registration, participants will indicate if they’d like to pick up their kit at Curbside Pickup, on the Bookmobile, or at the Adult Services Desk. Poetry kits will be reserved for the first 40 teens who register. An email with details about picking up the kit -- including a pickup deadline -- will follow registration.

Participants will need to complete their poem and submit a picture by Wednesday, April 30, to be entered into the drawing. Poems will be printed and displayed in teenZone during April and May.

Poetry kits will contain: a selection of random book pages, a black marker, and instructions for submitting the poem into the contest for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

No online instruction – neither pre-recorded nor live – will be provided.