Philo Public Library District
P.O. Box 199
115 E. Washington
Philo, Illinois 61864-0199

Phone: (217) 684-2896
Fax: (217) 684-2719

Monday-Friday: 9am-12N, 3pm-7pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Sunday: 2pm-5pm

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Thursday Book Club

The next book club meeting will be September 28th at 7 p.m. It is a “Show and Tell” meeting where we talk about any book or books we have recently read. Light snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

Some of the books we talked about at the August meeting were:

“Telling the Bees” by Peggy Hesketh– Young Albert Honig spends much of his time in solitude, his daily routine shaped by the almost mystical attention he quietly lavishes on his bees. Into his tightly repressed existence bursts a brash young neighbour, whose vivacity and boldness begin to transform his life.

“Gandhi: The Man” by Eknath Easwaran–Gandhi’s life continues to inspire and baffle readers today. How did an unsuccessful young lawyer become the Mahatma, the “great soul” who led 400 million Indians in their struggle for independence from the British Empire? What is nonviolence, and how does it work?

“The Orphan Keeper” by Camron Wright–Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States.  More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past. Is she the key to unveil the secrets of his childhood or is it too late? And if he does make it back to India, how will he find his family with so few clues? This is a novel based on true events.

“Noah’s Ark: Thinking Outside the Box” by Tim Lovett–This groundbreaking book asks you to think outside the box as you consider new research by naval expert and mechanical engineer Tim Lovett. Presenting an innovative new study on Noah s ark.

“The Virgin in the Ice” by Ellis Peters–In the winter of 1139, raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester, among them an orphaned boy and his beautiful 18-year-old sister. Traveling with a young nun, they set out for Shrewsbury, but disappear somewhere in the wild countryside. Now, Brother Cadfael embarks on a dangerous quest to find them.


Plan on joining us in September to see what our members bring to share.

“Illinois Reads” Author Spotlight

Each month, we highlight three 2017 “Illinois Reads” authors and their selected titles. “Illinois Reads” is an initiative of the Illinois Reading Council that highlights the importance of reading at all ages and supports Illinois authors. Beginning each spring and concluding in the fall on Family Reading Night, the program offers a new list of six titles written and/or illustrated by Illinois authors at six different age levels from birth to adult.
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is the honorary chair of the “Illinois Reads” Committee and encourages everyone to get involved by becoming an “Illinois Reads” Ambassador, hosting or participating in a Family Reading Night program, attending an “Illinois Reads” author event and reading from the rich list of titles each year.
Each of the highlighted authors has published a book that has been selected to be on the 2017 “Illinois Reads” book list for grades 6-8.

Andrew Brumbach is a writer and trading and investment analyst who lives in Wheaton. From a young age, he always dreamed of writing books. His debut novel, “The Eye of Midnight”, is described by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books as “Combining a 1920s New York setting with ancient Turkish and Arabian folklore and history, this novel reads like a young Indiana Jones adventure. As smart as it is action-packed.”


Kathryn J. Atwood is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently resides in Forest Park. She is an author, editor and contributor of several adult and young adult books about women involved in war efforts. Her book, “Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics,” brings the brave exploits of women from around the world to light, many of whom didn’t even have the right to vote at the time.


Mike Grosso lives in Oak Park and is a musician who always keeps his guitar handy, especially in his 5th grade classroom at Elmhurst Public School District. Grosso brings an exciting new voice to contemporary middle grade novels. His first book is “I Am Drums!” One Goodreads reviewer calls it, “… one that touches on themes we can all relate to: the desire to be great at what we love doing, to be brave enough to try something new, and to finally be heard.”

from ” E-news from the ISL 8/15/2017″

Homebound Service

Philo Library is getting into the home delivery business, that is of library materials. This service is available to anyone who is physically unable to visit the Library. If you have a Philo Library card and have a temporary or long-term illness or injury, disability or limited mobility, or are a senior citizen without transportation, you may be eligible for our service.

Getting started is easy. Call the Library (684-2896) and ask to register for Home Delivery Services. If you don’t have a Library card, and are eligible for one, we can issue a card in your name. We will then ask you to complete an application and a survey of your reading interests. Once these forms are returned, you will be contacted by a staff member who will assign a volunteer to assist you. The volunteer will select items for you, based on your interests. We will then schedule a date for your first delivery and future deliveries based on your needs.

There are no late fees for our materials, but Home Delivery participants are responsible for lost or damaged items or fees from other libraries.

We look forward to providing this service to you.

Drop Box

drop box The Philo Public Library  drop box was purchased though the generosity of the Bob Rice Memorial Fund and installed by Walt Crackle with help from Bill and Will Jones. The  drop box has 2 drop chutes, one for books and one for dvd’s, cd’s  and audiobooks. (You may now disregard the stickers on the older items asking   not to be put in drop box). The location of the drop box is in the alley to the west of  the library between the library and village maintenance building.

Book Bags for Sale

The Friends of the Philo Public Library have book bags for sale for $12.00. They are  the perfect size to carry your favorite books, dvds, and magazines.

Children’s Programs
We offer a variety of programs for preschool and school-age children. Please see calendar for dates and times.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library meet once a month, generally their meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday at 3:00 PM, in the library's meeting room. Membership dues are currently $5 per year. The Friends mission is to assist the library, and to have a good time while doing it. Please call ahead for current information.
Book Club
We have a unique book club where you pick your own book to read with others. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Please call ahead, since we will not be meeting on holidays or in inclement weather.