Eureka Public Library Notes

The Eureka Public Library’s summer reading party will be held at Eureka Lake pavilion. Chronicle Media photo)

For more information on all library programs, call 309-467-2922 or email at

Library Summer Reading Party

Join Eureka Public Library staff, friends, and summer readers for a free evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at the Eureka Lake pavilion.

There will be inflatable gyms for children, music for adults and teens, and root beer floats for everyone. Adult and teen summer reading awards will also be announced. In case of heavy rain or storms, the evening will be canceled. No registration required.

Picnic table seating will be available or bring a lawn chair. For more information, contact the library at 309-467-2922.

Book Chat

Love to read? Stop by the Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 to share your love of reading.

Library staff will share what’s new on the shelves and what’s being published the next month. Participants will suggest new book selections based on a review of the latest Library Reads list.

Library Reads is a monthly listing of the top 10 new books librarians across the country are excited about and loved reading.

Join this informal, fun group of book lovers and help select new releases for Eureka Public Library’s shelves.


Kanopy film streaming service

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at Eureka Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting

Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. After downloading, patrons will need to input their library card number and PIN.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Kanopy provides Eureka Public Library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

“Several patrons approached us about offering the Kanopy service. After learning more about it, we are excited to offer this streaming service in addition to the physical DVDs and Blu-rays we have available for checkout,” states Eureka Public Library Director Ann Reeves. For questions or assistance in downloading the Kanopy app, patrons can contact the library at 309-467-2922.


Library annual fall shopping trip

The annual Friends of Eureka Public Library District fall shopping trip to the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora and the Louis-Joliet Mall in Joliet is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17.

A charter bus will leave Eureka at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 8:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, payable by Sept. 16. Space is limited; call the library to reserve a seat.