Thu Oct 6 2022
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Phone/Fax: 217-469-2159

Closed 3rd Thursday
12 pm to 1 pm for Staff Meeting!



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At the St. Joseph Township- Swearingen Memorial Library, you will find big city library services provided with a small town friendliness.

The library has a weekly email newsletter!  If you would like to sign up for our newsletter, go to the "Wowbrary" link on the left and follow the instructions.  The newsletters come out every Saturday.  It announces new materials added during the week as well as upcoming events happening at the library.

SHARE Mobile App


Now it's easy to manage multiple accounts, keep track of checkouts and due dates, and renew items from your mobile device using the SHARE Mobile Library, the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library's new app! Search for books, DVDs, video games, audiobooks, e-books, and more. Find it now in the Apple App store or Google Play Store. 


Brought to you by the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library and the SHARE library consortium, a division of Illinois Heartland Library System.


Welcome Logo to Biblio+, a free streaming video service

The library is excited to offer Biblio+, a free video streaming service for all St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library card holders in good standing.  You will need your library card number and pin number to register.  Please stop by the library to pick up the flyer!



The library has joined the Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email  The library is excited to be a part of ILP.


 A Conversation with Novelist Jesmyn Ward, Award Winning Author 

      St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library is joining libraries across the state of Illinois to host award-winning author, Jesmyn Ward. Ward will discuss how her literary vision and personal experiences address urgent questions about racism and social injustice. The event will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 pm.

      Hailed as “the new Toni Morrison” by the American Booksellers Association, MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner, Jesmyn Ward is the author of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir that The New York Times Book Review called “raw, beautiful, and dangerous.” In 2017 she became the first woman and first person of color to win the National Book Award twice - joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike. Ward’s novels, primarily set on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, are deeply informed by the trauma of Hurricane Katrina.

      Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling, but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Men We Reaped :A Memoir, deals with the loss of five young men in her life - to drugs, accidents, suicide and the bad luck that follows people in poverty. Ward edited the critically acclaimed anthology The Fire This Time :A New Generation Speaks About Race, a New York Times bestseller. Her newest novel, the critically acclaimed Sing, Unburied, Sing, won the 2017 National Book Award. “A searing, urgent read for anyone who things the shadow of slavery and Jim Crow have passed” (Celeste Ng). Sing was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Ward’s latest is Navigate Your Stars, an adaptation of her 2018 Tulane University Commencement speech that champions the value of hard work and the importance of respect for oneself and others.

     A professor of creative writing at Tulane University and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Ward’s many honors include the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a Strauss Living

     A Conversation with Novelist Jesmyn Ward is presented by Illinois Libraries Present, a new statewide collaboration among public libraries. The collaboration is designed to bring virtual events with bestselling, esteemed, and diverse speakers to library patrons across the state. 192 Illinois libraries have joined Illinois Libraries Present. Working together allows libraries to bring speakers to their communities that might not be possible due to budget constraints or production capabilities.

     Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

     A Conversation with Novelist Jesmyn Ward will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, Click here.  For more information, call 217-469-2159 or email  For more information on this speaker please visit


Check back here for more events in 2022 and 2023!


These are our current COVID rules!  If you have questions, please call or email us.  

1.  Masks are not required, use your best judgment.

2.  You are limited to 60 minutes or less a day.

3.  Curbside service is still available.



Page last updated on October 3, 2022