September activities at Vespasian Warner Public Library

Posted 8/25/21


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September activities at Vespasian Warner Public Library


CLINTON — In-person events will be offered for ages birth through adult in September. All library events are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required by calling 217-935-5174.

Contact the library if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any library event.

• The Return of Storytime – Begins 9/1: Get ready to move and groove along with us for stories, songs, and lots of silliness at our in-person storytimes. Four different sessions will be offered each week. Advance registration is not required for storytime events. Find the full schedule online at Ages birth to 5 (and their caregivers).

• The Falkenstein Codex – Thursday, 9/9 at 5:30 p.m.: John Freed, Distinguished Professor, Chair and Dean Emeritus at ISU will discuss the story of the Falkenstein Codex, the oldest family archive that survives from anywhere in medieval Europe. Dating back to the 1100s, it is an invaluable source for studying family and agricultural relations. Adult.

• Celebrating Local Heroes – Friday, 9/10 & Saturday, 9/11: Celebrate first responders as heroes in our community by observing the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Everyone is encouraged to stop in at any time to write a letter thanking the Clinton Fire Department for all that they do. All ages.

• Friends of Warner Library Book Sale – Friday, 9/10 & Saturday, 9/11: The Friends of Warner Library will host their fall book sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, 9/10 and from 9 a.m.- p.m. on Saturday, 9/11. Stop by the library and find a great deal!

• Marshmallow Tower Engineering – Thursday, 9/16 at 3:45 p.m.: Trying to make the strongest tower you can out of marshmallows and toothpicks isn’t as easy as it sounds. Put your building skills to the test and see just how tall you can get your tower to stand. All ages.

• Hobbit Day Book Club for Teens – Wednesday, 9/22 at 3:45 p.m.: Join us for a discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit on National Hobbit Day.We’ll talk about what we liked, didn’t like, and everything in between! Snacks will be provided. If you need us to, staff are happy to order a copy for you to read. Teen, Ages 12-up.

• Terrarium Workshop – Thursday, 9/23 at 5:30 p.m.: You will build your own terrarium and learn about plant selection, building techniques, displaying, and maintenance with the DeWitt County Master Gardeners. All ages.

• The library will also continue to offer a variety of activities, kits, and experiences to library visitors in September. Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day, but digital library services will be available at

• Library Card Sign-Up Month: Celebrate by getting your very own library card. Current library card holders can also get their cards replaced for free this month if needed. Learn more at

• Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth Walking Challenge – All Month: We want to see if, as a community, we can walk the distance from the Shire to Mordor. So come in and pick up a tracking sheet, keep track of how far you’ve walked, and see if we have what it takes to rid Clinton of Sauron’s watchful eye. Top walkers will receive a prize, and all are welcome to participate.

• Quilled Apple Art Grab ‘n Go Kit – Begins Tuesday, 9/7: Get into the fall spirit and pick up a free kit with supplies to make a paper filigree apple craft. Available while supplies last. One per person, please. All ages.

• September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World – Tuesday, 9/7 through Saturday, 9/18: The library will host an educational exhibition that features stories told across 14 posters including archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection.

• Visit the Library during the Apple ‘n Pork Festival – Saturday, 9/25 & Sunday, 9/26: Stop by the green space at the library from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day to shop with a variety of vendors. Be sure to visit the library booth to say hello and pick up a free book.

The library is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hours are subject to change. For more information about the programs above or any library services, visit or call (217) 935-5174.