Buffalo Soldiers – Slave to Soldier Tuesday, August 23, 11:30a


History comes alive in this virtual presentation of the Buffalo Soldiers… up from slave to soldier.

Beginning with the Civil War and continuing through the Indian Wars, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II learn the contributions of these dedicated Americans.

Presented by the Alexander/Madison Chapter of the Kansas City Buffalo Soldiers.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

Email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a Zoom invite.

*Walk-n-Talk Book Club Thursday, August 18, 9:45a


Meets the 4th Thursday of the month, January – October.   

We will gather in the library parking lot and then walk the trail* for about 45 minutes while we discuss our book of the month.

*Weather permitting. If the weather is not cooperating then we will be meeting via Zoom. 

The Glitter in the Green by Jon Dunn

An acclaimed natural history writer follows the trail of the remarkable hummingbird all over the world.

Hummingbirds are a glittering, sparkling collective of over three hundred wildly variable species. For centuries, they have been revered by indigenous Americans, coveted by European collectors, and admired worldwide for their unsurpassed metallic plumage and immense character. Yet they exist on a knife-edge, fighting for survival in boreal woodlands, dripping cloud forests, and subpolar islands. They are, perhaps, the ultimate embodiment of evolution’s power to carve a niche for a delicate creature in even the harshest of places.

Traveling the full length of the hummingbirds’ range, from the cusp of the Arctic Circle to near-Antarctic islands, acclaimed nature writer Jon Dunn encounters birders, scientists, and storytellers in his quest to find these beguiling creatures, immersing us in the world of one of Earth’s most charismatic bird families.

– Amazon

September 22 –  Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven


Page Turners Book Club Thursday, September 1, 1:00p


This discussion will be in-person at the library!

A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris

Someone is telling the story of the life of Charlie Barnes, and it doesn’t appear to be going well. Too often divorced, discontent with life’s compromises and in a house he hates, this lifelong schemer and eternal romantic would like out of his present circumstances and into the American dream. But when the twin calamities of the Great Recession and a cancer scare come along to compound his troubles, his dreams dwindle further, and an infinite past full of forking paths quickly tapers to a black dot.

Then, against all odds, something goes right for a change: Charlie is granted a second act. With help from his storyteller son, he surveys the facts of his life and finds his true calling where he least expects it—in a sacrifice that redounds with selflessness and love—at last becoming the man his son always knew he could be.

A Calling for Charlie Barnes is a profound and tender portrait of a man whose desperate need to be loved is his downfall, and a brutally funny account of how that love is ultimately earned.


October 6 – Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by Mark T. Sullivan

November 3 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

December 1 –  The Last Thing He Told Me  by Laura Dave


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An Hour to Kill Book Club Monday, September 12, 6:30p


This discussion will be a Zoom meeting. Email kkerckhove@dunlaplibrary.org for the Zoom meeting invite.

Love mystery & suspense?

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules – a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.  

When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders – a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman – have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes – and save himself in the process – before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. 


October 17 – The Shining by Stephen King


Cooking with Hoopla! Tuesday, September 13 @ 10:00am


We’ll be talking about the book and sharing our experiences with any of the recipes that we’ve tried from the title. 

Email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a Zoom meeting invite.

If you need help using Hoopla, please call the library for assistance at 309.243.5716.

We’re combining the joy of cooking and the excellent availability of culinary titles using your free Hoopla account accessed with your library card and pin number!

Join us as we discuss The Dizzy Cook by Alicia Wolf.

This cookbook features more than 90 delicious recipes and dozens of helpful tips to help combat migraine symptoms through diet and lifestyle.

From healthy living blogger and creator of TheDizzyCook, Alicia Wolf, comes the must-have cookbook for anyone managing migraines, as well as anyone who just loves to create delectable yet diet-friendly dishes. Author Alicia Wolf developed her recipes using the principles of Johns Hopkins neurologist David Buchholz’s “Heal Your Headache” diet, one of the most recommended plans by health practitioners for treating migraines through diet. In this book, Alicia adds her own unique spin to the migraine diet, creating recipes that are both helpful and delicious.

Inside the book you’ll find:

  • Ideas for every meal of the day
  • Tips on how to get started
  • The best supplements for migraine prevention and treatment
  • Common substitutions
  • Travel tips
  • Meal plans
  • And other indispensable resources

Learn to make Alicia’s famous blueberry muffins, smoky carrot hummus, salsa verde chicken enchiladas, roasted curry cauliflower, chewy ginger cookies, and so much more.

  – Amazon



Cozy Little Book Club Wednesday, September 7, 11:00a


Do you enjoy a light and entertaining read?  We do too!

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration.

This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber

England, 1919. Verity Kent’s grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity’s first impulse is to dismiss the claim. But the mystery sender knows too much—including the fact that during the war, Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew. 
Lured to Umbersea Island to attend the engagement party of one of Sidney’s fellow officers, Verity discovers dark secrets among the veterans—along with a murder meant to conceal them. Relying on little more than a coded letter, a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity pursues a deadly trail that leads her to a shocking truth. . .

 – Amazon

October 5 – A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison


*Artful Reads with Creative Soul, Wednesday, September 14, 5:00p

Creative Soul Gallery (208 N Second St) in Dunlap and the library are joining together to discuss “arty” reads. You may join us in-person or virtually. An unlimited number of spots are available on Zoom.  *Registration required. Email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org to receive the Zoom registration meeting invite to attend virtually or to be added to the in-person discussion! Please indicate how you wish to attend. If you would like to attend in person, please include your phone number in your response.  This month we will be talking about Still Life by Sarah Winman A captivating, bighearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood, and the ghost of E. M. Forster, by the celebrated author of Tin Man. Tuscany, 1944: As Allied troops advance and bombs fall around deserted villages, a young English soldier, Ulysses Temper, finds himself in the wine cellar of a deserted villa. There, he has more »