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"There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them."

—Elie(zer) Wiesel (b. 1928) Romanian-born writer, lecturer, survivor Nazi camps, Nobel


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Sing-along Movie Time- Tuesday, 12/23 @ 1pm

If your kids would like to really "Let It Go" and sing along to their favorite winter-themed animated classic from last year, then bring them to the Argenta Public Library on December 23rd at 1 pm. Popcorn and drinks are provided, and singing along is strongly encouraged!

Scavenger Hunt!

Got a spare moment? Tired of shopping? Want to do something for yourself? Come to the library and try out our scavenger hunt! Find 10 of the 16 clues to win yourself a free book!

Job Opening - Maintenance Worker

We have a job opening for a maintenance worker at the library. See a full job description and instructions for applying here.


Book Discussion
January Selection

Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter

Discussion: January 8, 2014 at 1:30pm
Argenta Library


The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.


E-Readers 101!

Monday, January 12Ereader Owl graphic
Oreana Library

Did you just get a new e-reader for Christmas, but have no idea how it works? Then come to the Oreana Library on Monday, January 12th, from 2-4 for E-Readers 101! We'll teach you the basics of your device and show you how to download e-books and audiobooks from the library! Make sure you bring any usernames and passwords associated with your e-reader. For Kindles, this would be your Amazon account. For Nooks, your Barnes & Noble account. For iPads, your Apple account. If you use a laptop at home, you might want to bring that as well, so that you get comfortable using it together with your e-reader.


E-Readers 102!

Wednesday, January 21
Argenta Library

If you already have an e-reader and know how to check out books from Library on the Go, but you want to know a little more about it, then we have a program for you, too! Come to the Argenta Library on Wednesday, January 21st, from 2-4 for E-Readers 102! This program will teach you more advanced tips and tricks, like using your Library on the Go wish list, putting items on hold, changing the settings on your reading platform, and even looking into our other online libraries.  Feel free to bring any specific questions you have as well, and we'll do our best to get them answered.

Store your library barcode in your phone with CardStar

Smartphone CardStar is an app that allows you to store your library barcode, as well as barcodes for other membership and loyalty cards, in your smartphone.

See our CardStar instructions for more help.




Zinio downloadable magazines

Zinio icons 2Download magazines (and save them!) onto your iPad, Kindle, PC/laptop, or other mobile device. We have more than 100 subscriptions currently available. See our Zinio help page for more information.



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Location & Hours

Argenta Location
100 East Water
Argenta, IL 62501

Argenta Hours
Monday 9-5
Tuesday 12-7
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 12-7
Friday 9-1
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

Oreana Location
211 South Route 48
Post Office Box 278
Oreana, IL 62554

Oreana Hours
Monday 9-7
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 12-7
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-1
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

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