At The Library
You can reserve a room by calling 217-935-5174, or by emailing Marie at email@example.com.
The Library offers The Revere Ware Room, The Activity Room, The Board Room/Museum, and two small study rooms. The Library welcomes the use of its meeting rooms by individuals or organizations for informational, educational, cultural, civic and social events. Unfortunately, children's parties will not be scheduled in any of the rooms at this time.
The Revere Ware Room
The Revere Ware Room is located on the Lower Level and accommodates up to 150 people and offers an attached kitchen for catering. The fee during open hours is $15 per hour. VWPLD opens at 9 AM Monday – Saturday. Any group wishing to enter the building before that time must pay the closed hours rate until 9 AM. The earliest any group can enter the building is 8 AM. All event participants must be out of the meeting rooms fifteen minutes prior to library closing time (Monday-Thursday 7 PM, Friday 4 PM, and Saturday 1 PM) or must pay closed hours rate. The fee for the Revere Room on Sundays or holidays is $100 for the day. You can reserve a room by calling 217-935-5174, or by emailing Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Activity Room - UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME
The Activity Room is located on the Children's Floor and accommodates up to 60 people. This meeting room can only be reserved during the hours the Library is open (Monday- Thursday 9AM-7 PM, Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM). All participants must be out of The Activity Room fifteen minutes prior to Library closing time. The fee is $5 per hour.
The Board Room/Museum
The Board Room/Museum is located on the Children's Floor and accommodates 12 people at the table. This meeting room may be reserved for organizational meetings of non-profit groups for free during the hours the Library is open (Monday- Thursday 9AM-7 PM, Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM). All participants must be out of The Museum fifteen minutes prior to Library closing time. The Museum may be reserved for after-hours special events for $400 for ten hours. Reservation requires a $100 deposit. You can reserve a room by calling 217-935-5174, or by emailing Marie at email@example.com.
Study Rooms are located on the Children's Floor and can each accommodate 6 people. These meeting rooms may be reserved during the hours the Library is open (Monday- Thursday 9AM-7PM, Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM). All participants must be out of the study rooms fifteen minutes prior to Library closing time. There are no fees, but pre-booking is highly recommended.
The following equipment is available for use in the Meeting Rooms:
* Projection Screen
* Chalk Board
* Overhead Projector
* LCD Projector
* DVD/Blu-ray Player
Patrons with delinquent accounts may not rent any of the rooms until their accounts are cleared.
The Library will charge a $800.00 fee for lost or stolen keys. The person who rented the room must pay $800.00 to cover the cost of having the building re-keyed and replacing all the keys. The $800.00 will NOT be refunded if the key is located after the building is re-keyed.
Flight suit of Vernell "Red" Irwin, Aviation Pioneer
Wood carving by Dr. Moses Stewart
The Vespasian Warner Public Library hosts artwork produced by local artists year round and showcases local history displays & artifacts.
"The 1893 DeWitt County Courthouse"
Featuring several artifacts tied to the third courthouse built in DeWitt County, the 1893 DeWitt County Courthouse collection includes artifacts from the library archives, including a shade from the exterior light from the 1893 courthouse. The display can be viewed in the Museum Room on the Children's Floor, just ask a staff member.
"The Schaefer/Miles Art Collection"
Donated by Marsha Cornthwaite in memory of her late husband, Mark, "The Schaefer/Miles Art Collection" is a display of oil paintings created by Kevin Miles & Wendy Schaefer-Miles from Whitehall, WI. Schaefer/Miles paint in a Neo Impressionistic Realism style & the collaborative husband & wife team have been painting side by side together for over 30 years. Their paintings can be found throughout the Main Floor & Lobby.
"Prairie Flyers: A Century of Aviation in DeWitt County"
The Library is honored to display the flight uniforms of Ernest Thorp, Donna Anderson Gross, & Vernell "Red" Irwin that were displayed in the "Prairie Flyers: A Century of Aviation in DeWitt County" event that was held at the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum, May 28th-July 3rd, 2022. The flight uniforms & additional information about each pilot can be viewed in the Museum Room on the Children's Floor, just ask a staff member.
"Changing Perspectives: Postcards from the Past"
Visit the Periodicals Room to see full color scenes of Clinton's past. This display uses postcards from the library's special collections to breathe life and color into the city's vibrant past. Stop by and see scenes from Clinton, just as if you were the recipient of one of these postcards from the past.
Dr. Charles W. Carter, a local physician & surgeon who practiced in Clinton during the first half of the twentieth century.
Dr. Moses Stewart was a dentist in Clinton who is now buried in Woodland Cemetery. He used his dental tools to sculpt animals & farm equipment from hardwood. Dr. Stewart aspired to be an artist, but his mother insisted that he study medicine instead. Dr. Stewart's sculptures are currently displayed above the movies in the Periodicals Room on the main floor. To learn more about Dr. Stewart & Dr. Charles & their work, check out this Tales From The Archives!
Displays At The Library
Friends Book Shop
The Friends of The Library sell gently used books, DVD/Blu-rays, Audiobooks, & CDs. The Friends continually stock two Friends Book Shops located in the Lobby of the library and on the Lower Level of the library. The Friends of the Library also host 2 large book sales each year, one in the Spring & again in the Fall. All proceeds from the Friends Book Shops benefit the library by helping to fund special programs and/or supplies for the library. Past funding has helped with Summer Reading & the Seed Library.
Spring 2023 Sale - Date Pending
Fall 2023 Sale - Date Pending
Remember...when you support the Friends of the Library Book Shop,
you support the library!
Interested in volunteering in the Friends of the Library organization? The Friends of the Library meet on the second Thursday of every month at 4:30PM in the Museum Room on the Children's Floor of the library. No dues are required.
For more information about the Friends of the Library organization, please contact the organization by email FRIENDSOFVWARNERLIBRARY@GMAIL.COM